Paul Harvey Dies
February 28, 2009 at 6:16 PM (PT)
ABC NEWS is reporting the death of radio news legend PAUL HARVEY. HARVEY passed away SATURDAY (2/28) at the age of 90 in PHOENIX, where he had his winter home; he had battled health problems in recent years.
HARVEY (born PAUL HARVEY AURANDT) launched his career in 1933 at KVOO-A/TULSA and later worked at KOMA-A/OKLAHOMA CITY, KXOK-A/ST. LOUIS, and, after service in the AIR FORCE during WORLD WAR II, at WENR-A/CHICAGO, where he began using the tagline "The Rest Of The Story," later the basis for a daily feature. He launched "PAUL HARVEY NEWS AND COMMENT" on APRIL 1, 1951; at his death, the feature was a staple on 1,200 affiliates plus ARMED FORCES RADIO and online.
HARVEY's wife, LYNNE "ANGEL" HARVEY, his producer and a RADIO HALL OF FAME member in her own right, died on MAY 3, 2008. His son, PAUL HARVEY (AURANDT) JR., has filled in for his father at times.
A statement from ABC RADIO NETWORKS President JIM ROBINSON said, "PAUL HARVEY was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation’s history. As he delivered the news each day with his own unique style and commentary, his voice became a trusted friend in American households. His career in radio spanned more than seven decades, during which time countless millions of listeners were both informed and entertained by his 'NEWS AND COMMENT' and 'REST OF THE STORY' features. Even after the passing of his loving wife ANGEL in MAY 2008, PAUL would not slip quietly into retirement as he continued to take the microphone and reach out to his audience. We will miss our dear friend tremendously and are grateful for the many years we were so fortunate to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are now with his son PAUL JR. and the rest of the HARVEY family."
PAUL HARVEY JR. issued a statement saying, "My father and mother created from thin air what one day became radio and television news. So in the past year, an industry has lost its godparents and today millions have lost a friend."
Tributes to HARVEY are pouring in from notables across the country. TRIBUNE Talk WGN-A/CHICAGO VP/GM TOM LANGMYER said, "AMERICA has lost an important icon. PAUL HARVEY was one of the greatest broadcasters of all time. He wove stories of life together in a way that will never be matched. He provided inspiration to countless journalists and broadcasters and touched millions by connecting in a way that was not only informative, but also creative and unique. PAUL and the love of his life, ANGEL, are now together. We were lucky to have had him in our lives."