Saturday, February 28, 2009

Broadcaster Paul Harvey dies

Paul Harvey, the most listened-to broadcaster in America, whose shows originating from Chicago were heard by 18 million people every day, is dead at age 90.

Harvey was known for his shows, “Paul Harvey News” and “The Rest of the Story.”

“Hello, Americans,” every show began. “You know what the news is. In a minute, you're going to hear the rest of the story.”

Each broadcast ended with a human-interest story with a surprise ending, and his trademark pause: “Paul Harvey ... Good Day!”

Harvey died Saturday at a hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., where he had a winter home, less than a year after his wife, Lynne “Angel” Harvey.

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Ian Lidster said...

I'm actually really sorry to hear that, Deb. One of my pleasures in taking a road trip in the US was going through the stations on the car radio any morning to see where I could pick up Harvey. He was old-fashioned and eclectic radio at its best. A reflection of the time when people actually listened to the radio.
Oddly enough, I just read a quote by Harvey earlier this morning.

Deb S. said...

Ian: I agree with you. Paul Harvey represented "old-fashioned and eclectic radio at its best." In print journalism, we lost James Brady a few weeks ago. The deaths of these icons mark an end to an era.