GEORGE W. TRENDLE (Based upon ``The Green Hornet Radio Series Created by) was a Detroit lawyer known for his tough negotiating skills on movie contracts, he later ventured into radio, buying the Detroit station that he would re-name WXYZ.
During the Depression, Trendle made the choice to operate the station independently and began producing original radio drama series. In 1932, he began discussing ideas for a Western serial with a cowboy hero of high moral standards. Striking on the concept of a masked vigilante, The Lone Ranger was born, debuting on WXYZ. The show would eventually air nationwide.
On January 31, 1936, WXYZ premiered The Green Hornet, featuring Britt Reid, the grand-nephew of The Lone Ranger. The adventures of Britt Reid and his able chauffeur, Kato, would run for nearly 17 years on a variety of radio networks. The feature film will debut just a few weeks before the 75th anniversary of the premiere of the radio show.
Trendle also created ``Challenge of the Yukon, a series about Sgt. Preston of the Mounties and his Husky, King. Trendle was also instrumental in bringing his three flagship creations - ``The Lone Ranger, ``The Green Hornet, and ``Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, to television. He died in Detroit in 1972.