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Trib Ex-Publisher Recalls Paul Harvey

I had perhaps 10 minutes with Harvey, before scurrying back to work. Harvey had two things to impart. One: Young man, you’ve got an alcohol drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Neither is good for you. (I agreed to half, putting out the cigarette.) Two: Young man, I’d like to offer you my newspaper column, now carried by some 250 newspapers. Although I wasn’t the decision-maker at that time, I demurred on behalf of the Tribune, saying his radio broadcasts were sufficient. (Actually, he was better on radio than his print column, in my opinion.) At that time, Harvey was in his 50s, lean and tall and balding. His voice was a marvel, whether in conversation or on the radio/Butch Alford, former publisher of the Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: What do you recall most fondly re: the late Paul Harvey?

Paul Harvey passes away…

Good morning, Netizens…

Yesterday Paul Harvey passed away, leaving the radio airwaves bereft of one of its longest-running voices. His legendary machine-gun style of news broadcast, which was known around the country as “The Rest of the Story,” Harvey had been heard nationally since 1951, when he began his “News and Comment” for ABC Radio Networks.

He died Saturday in Arizona, surrounded by family and friends in the hospital, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90 years of age.

What a path this man walked! In 2005, Harvey was one of 14 notables chosen as recipients of the presidential Medal of Freedom. He also was an inductee in the Radio Hall of Fame, as was Lynne, his late wife and producer.

At the peak of his career, Harvey reached more than 24 million listeners on more than 1,200 radio stations and charged $30,000 to give a speech. His syndicated column was carried by 300 newspapers.

I first heard Paul Harvey in the late 1950’s using a crystal radio I built myself out of spare parts, and once I was given a real transistor radio, I naturally continued listening to his morning show each morning.

Perhaps Harvey’s most famous broadcast came in 1970, when he abandoned that stance, announcing his opposition to President Nixon’s expansion of the war and urging him to get out completely.

“Mr. President, I love you … but you’re wrong,” Harvey said, shocking his faithful listeners and drawing a barrage of letters and phone calls, including one from the White House.

In 1976, Harvey began broadcasting his anecdotal descriptions of the lives of famous people. “The Rest of the Story” started chronologically, with the person’s identity revealed at the end. The stories were an attempt to capture “the heartbeats behind the headlines.” Much of the research and writing was done by his son, Paul Jr

Harvey was born Paul Harvey Aurandt in Tulsa, Okla. His father, a police officer, was killed when he was a toddler. A high school teacher took note of his distinctive voice and launched him on a broadcast career.

While working at St. Louis radio station KXOK, he met Washington University graduate student Lynne Cooper. He proposed on their first date (she said “no”) and always called her “Angel.” They were married in 1940 and had a son, Paul Jr.

They worked closely together on his shows, and he often credited his success to her influence. She was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997, seven years after her husband was. She died in May 2008.

Good bye old friend.


Paul Harvey, 90, Commentator, RIP

In this March 26, 2001 file photo, Paul Harvey is seen with his wife, Angel in Phoenix. Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation’s most familiar voices, died Saturday in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90. Story here. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Suzanne Starr)

Question: Are you a Paul Harvey fan?