Tributes Continue For Paul Harvey
March 2, 2009 at 5:29 AM (PT)
Tributes are continuing to come in honoring the life of radio news legend PAUL HARVEY, whose death was first reported by ALL ACCESS on SATURDAY (NET NEWS 2/28).
ABC Radio Networks Offers Tributes All Week
ABC RADIO NETWORKS is airing tributes to HARVEY in his regular "NEWS AND COMMENT," midday report, and "THE REST OF THE STORY" slots all this week, MARCH 2nd-7th. The specials will celebrate HARVEY's life and career.
Bush: Harvey 'Entertained, Enlightened, and Informed'
Former President GEORGE W. BUSH said that "LAURA and I are saddened by the death of PAUL HARVEY. PAUL was a friendly and familiar voice in the lives of millions of Americans. His commentary entertained, enlightened, and informed. LAURA and I are pleased to have known this fine man, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Very few personalities in the history of American media have sustained their place at the top of their industry for over half a century. Yet, Paul Harvey became a welcome constant in a sea of technological and programmatic change.
Gov. Quinn: 'Sad Day For America'
CBS News WBBM-A/CHICAGO reports that ILLINOIS Governor PAT QUINN said, "I knew PAUL HARVEY. I knew him personally and I knew his wife and both of them had servants' hearts. They were very generous people to charities and to all they met. And they were down-to-earth people. It's a sad day for AMERICA and it's a sad day for the world. A special voice has been stilled. But I'm sure he's looking down and saying, 'PAUL HARVEY, Good Night'."
CBS' Nagler: Harvey 'A Welcome Constant In A Sea Of Change'
CBS NEWS VP/Radio HARVEY NAGLER said, "PAUL HARVEY helped define radio news for several generations of listeners. He was the ultimate story teller, using every tool in his possession to draw listeners in. His voice was at once commanding and welcoming. His sense of history was extraordinary. His writing was intelligent, spirited and fun. His unmatched delivery brought it all together in an intoxicating package that made his programs appointment listening for millions of people.
"Very few personalities in the history of American media have sustained their place at the top of their industry for over half a century. Yet, PAUL HARVEY became a welcome constant in a sea of technological and programmatic change. He was able to accomplish this incredible feat because he respected his listeners and they respected him.
"We are all privileged to have been touched by him -- whether as friends, colleagues or fans."
Arbitron CEO: Radio Owes Much To Paul Harvey
ARBITRON CEO MICHAEL SKARZYNSKI said, "This weekend we bid a sad goodbye to the incomparable PAUL HARVEY, who graced the airwaves for more than 70 years and reached more than 25 million each week, an unparalleled achievement for a radio broadcaster. PAUL was a friendly and familiar voice in the lives of Americans. His commentary entertained, enlightened and informed. PAUL HARVEY was beloved by his audience, his colleagues and his sponsors. His ABC RADIO NETWORK programs, 'NEWS AND COMMENT' and 'THE REST OF THE STORY' touched our lives while entertaining us all from his distinct point of view. The commercials that he read in his unique vocal style were a seamless part of his program. He considered the words of his sponsors as 'good news' that a friend would tell a neighbor about a product or service that could make someone’s life easier, better or simply more enjoyable.
"In recognition of his lifetime achievements in radio, PAUL HARVEY was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, for his especially meritorious contribution to our national cultural interests. Radio owes much to PAUL HARVEY. We would do well to bring to radio in our lifetime what PAUL HARVEY brought every day to the medium he loved so well. American life was enriched by this fine man, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Tribute Song Available
Production whiz KIPP KELLY has created a tribute song for HARVEY that is already being played on WABC-A/NEW YORK and through ABC RADIO NETWORKS. Get it right here through ALL ACCESS by clicking here. And if you use it, remember to credit KIPP and orangeaudio.net.
"Radio's Best Friend" ART VUOLO JR. offers his memories of visiting with HARVEY as well as a link to audio of his own talk with CBS RADIO News WWJ-A/DETROIT's BILL RAPADA about HARVEY's passing at MICHIGUIDE.COM; read and hear ART's thoughts by clicking here.