Beloved broadcaster Paul Harvey passed away today at the age of 90. He died after being taken to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He was surrounded by family and friends. His son, Paul Harvey Jr., said “millions have lost a friend” in response to his father’s passing. The cause was not immediately known.
Paul Harvey was born Paul Harvey Aurandt, on September 4, 1918, in Tulsa Oklahoma. Growing up in Tulsa, he made radio receivers as a boy. In 1933, at a high school teacherâ€™s suggestion, he started working at KVOO in Tulsa, where he helped clean up and eventually was allowed to fill in on the air, reading commercials and news.
He was a long time radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcast News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story segments. His listening audience was estimated at 22 million people a week. Harvey liked to say he was raised in radio newsrooms.
The most noticeable features of Harvey’s idiosyncratic delivery was his dramatic pauses, quirky intonations and his folksiness. A large part of his success stemmed from the seamlessness with which he segued from his monologue into reading commercial messages. He explained his enthusiastic support of his sponsors as such: “I am fiercely loyal to those willing to put their money where my mouth is.”
Paul Harvey News has been called the “largest one-man network in the world,” as it is carried on 1,200 radio stations, 400 Armed Forces Network stations around the world and 300 newspapers. His broadcasts and newspaper columns have been reprinted in the Congressional Record more than those of any other commentator.
Rest In Peace, Paul.