Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009), better known as Paul Harvey, was an American 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 its peak, at 24 million people a week. Paul Harvey News was carried on 1,200 radio stations, 400 Armed Forces Network stations and 300 newspapers. His broadcasts and newspaper columns have been reprinted in the Congressional Record more than those of any other commentator.
Paul Harvey first went on the radio in 1933, when he was still attending high school in Tulsa, OK. Hard work, a smooth baritone voice, and his mastery of the dramatic pause earned Harvey quick advancement at a series of radio gigs across Kansas and Missouri. At KXOK-AM in St. Louis, he met Lynne 'Angel' Cooper, the station's "women's news" reporter. He proposed over dinner on their first date, and she became his wife, producer, and editor.
Harvey was a newscaster at Chicago's WENR-AM, where he began his daily Paul Harvey News and Comment for ABC Radio in 1951. Harvey's commentaries often tilted to the right, and he read the commercials as enthusiastically as the commentary. "I am fiercely loyal to those willing to put their money where my mouth is", he said.
The most noticeable features of Harvey's folksy delivery were his dramatic pauses and quirky intonations. "This is Paul Harvey." That clarion Midwestern voice was its own time machine; it carried listeners back to radio days of yore, when a distinctive vocal performance was as important as good looks are in TV news today. The opinions Harvey expressed were old-fashioned as well: politically and socially conservative, the musings of a grandpa who's seen it all — or, as he put it, "In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these." It is hardly an exaggeration to say that when Harvey died at 90 at his winter home in Phoenix, he took the whole history of radio with him.
ABC News reported his death came nine months after that of his wife, Lynne Cooper Harvey, whom he often called "Angel" on air, and who was also his business partner and the first producer ever inducted in the the Radio Hall of Fame. She died in May 2008 at age 92. "Paul Harvey was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation's history," said ABC Radio Networks President Jim Robinson.
"As he delivered the news each day with his own unique style and commentary, his voice became a trusted friend in American households. Countless millions of listeners were both informed and entertained by his 'News & Comment' and 'Rest of the Story' features, Paul would not slip quietly into retirement as he continued to take the microphone and reach out to his audience" Robinson said.
"And now you know the rest of the story. Good Day!"
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Paul Harvey news and comment broadcast in Nov. 1963.