Classical music turned up in cartoons and radio shows for one reason -- it was cheap. Public domain was the shoestring producer's friend. A while back some obsessives went to the trouble of tracking down and documenting the *exact recordings* used on "The Lone Ranger," and determined that the specific version of "The WIlliam Tell Overture" that was used was recorded in Camden, New Jersey on April 11, 1927 by the Victor Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Rosario Bourdon. It was Take 9 of the session, matrix number BVE-16014, and was released as Victor record number 20606. Imagine what would have happened if some poor soul had dropped that record.