PAUL HARVEY: Legendary Radio Broadcaster - "And now you know the rest of the story..."

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Paul Harvey, died at the age of 90 today. His radio show first broadcasted in 1951 and his longevity through the years, coupled with the death of George Punham last september (second longest) has made him the longest lasting radio talk show personality in history. His office out of chicago syndicated his show to numerous markets and his 6 day work schedule made him one of the hardest working men in his profession.

He also had a tv show for about 12 years where his 5 minute editorial was inserted into local news programs. The largest "One man Network" as some call it, reaches 1,200 radio stations, 400 armed forces networks, 300 newspapers, and is streamed twice a day on the World Wide Web.

His radio show would be best known for his 1971 newly adapted companion radio feature, "The Rest of the Story. It was a mix of news, advertisements and little known tales of famous americans. He is also known for his daily radio adress when he opens by saying, "Hello Americans, I'm Paul Harvey".

His wife, Lynne "Angel" Harvey, after being married to Paul for 68 years, died last year at the age of 92. Being the force behind the man, Lynn was a pioneer in radio and laid the groundwork for numerous women to enter the medium. She was also the first producer to ever be inducted into the Radio Hall of fame for her work on "The Rest of the Story". The 2 were unseperable and loved each other very much.

His son, Paul Harvey Jr, is slated to continue their work as he has done filling in for his father in years past.

  • Horatio Alger Award
  • 11 Freedom Foundation Awards
  • Demolay Hall of fame Award
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (G.W.Bush)
  • Elected to Radio Hall of Fame
  • Elected to Oklahoma Hall of Fame
  • Person of the year Award
  • America's Most Admired Men Award

Notable Radio Substitutes of years past:

  • Mike Huckabee
  • Doug Limerick
  • Mitt Romney
  • Paul W.Smith
  • Paul Harvey Jr.
Listening Audience: 22 Million people/ week(24 million peak)


"Paul Harvey was a man you could trust"

Mike Huckabee-

"Paul was a friendly and familar voice to millions of Americans"

George W. Bush-


We felt compelled to mention this, as he helped advertise our active adult community, High Pointe in Hershey. It was unfortunately also one of the last advertisements he made prior to going off the air, full time, last april.

Thank you Harvey for all the years you put into radio and for all the wonderful stories you brought to light. Your optimism for what's right and good in America will always be remembered. You gave us all a breath of fresh air as you focused on producing positive stories. You will truly be missed here in lancaster, PA.

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Tim Monciref - Austin, TX
Over 2,000 homes sold…..

The best story teller of all time.  I always thought I knew where his stories were going and then he throws in a twist at the end....and stumps me again.  God is with him and he with God.  Now........we know the rest of the story.......

Feb 28, 2009 12:02 PM #1
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Paul Harvey was always a great listen.  I enjoyed "The Rest of the Story" for a long time.  Page two.

Feb 28, 2009 12:11 PM #2
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

He was incredibly positive and for that alone he stood out. He would truly give you the "rest of the story" that the national media wasn't reporting on. We couldn't agree with you more about his stories and his ability to keep you on the edge of your seat with his momentary pauses as you waited for the punchline.

Listening a year ago to his first day back on the radio after his wife's passing was incredibly difficult and really gave insight into how much he loved his wife. You can only imagine the grief he had since that time. There's simply noone else like him as his era of radio broadcasting was one of honesty and as a real reporter.

This is just a very sad day, and for those who listen to his show in your morning commute, tomorrow should be a day to tune in, if nothing more, to pay respects to the last of his kind.

Feb 28, 2009 12:12 PM #3
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

What a wonderful voice, wonderful outlook, wonderfulstoryteller! And you posted a wonderful tribute to him. He will be missed and remembered well!

Feb 28, 2009 12:19 PM #5
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Oh how sad,,my mother passed away at 91 ..she said "don t cry for me a lived a long full life" I hope he felt the same...may he rest in Peace and live in our hearts . (saw this on twitter)

Feb 28, 2009 12:20 PM #6
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Paul Harvey was no different than lunch time for my father.  His watch and lunch time was set to his commentary.  My father is currently in Hospice...may great minds meet in the future...they will have lots to talk about.

Paul Harvey had undescribable insite...into almost everything.

Another angel in heaven.


Actually was going to write a blog about this as well, but you have done a great job of telling "the story of PH".  Thanks

Feb 28, 2009 12:26 PM #7
David M. Childress
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Akron, OH
I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio!

Like losing a dear friend. Men like Paul Harvey are with some of us our whole lives. I cannot count the hours I have "spent" with him. He never let me down, how many people can you say that about?

Feb 28, 2009 12:33 PM #8
Richard Dolbeare, R(B)
eXp Realty - Wailuku, HI
R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist

Wow, it was a very long time ago that I remember hearing him.  I'm sure he will be missed by all those around him even more than those of us who remember him from his radio shows.

Feb 28, 2009 12:34 PM #9
Roger Johnson
Hickory Real Estate Group - Hickory, NC
Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate

I loved listening to him and his stories.  He will definitely be missed.

Feb 28, 2009 12:43 PM #10
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

He really made you feel like he was there talking to you. He was so incredibly structured with his programming. Every show was pact full of stories with facts you never hear about. He was an extension of the internet on radio. It's a great concept really, to bring to light stories you don't hear elsewhere and to do it on a medium that still commands the most attentive audience. TV is distracting whereas radio compells you to focus on what's being told. He was a master at getting you to pay attention to his stories.

Edit: We just heard Huckabee proclaim that Paul harvey was a man you could trust. We second this wholeheartidly.


Feb 28, 2009 12:44 PM #11
Kathy Knight
Intracoastal Realty Corp - Wilmington, NC

Good ole Paul Harvey - he was on the radio here.. Good stories - we will miss him....

Feb 28, 2009 01:39 PM #12
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

We lost one of the good guys for sure. Always a pro at everything he did and a good man. Some of his radio talks are in book form.

Feb 28, 2009 02:27 PM #13
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Wow! I did not know that. Surly a guy that is going to be missed...

Your building consultant in the Fairview, TN area.. 

Feb 28, 2009 08:17 PM #14
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I loved Paul Harvey.  He made me smile.


Feb 28, 2009 10:01 PM #15
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty
Feb 28, 2009 10:36 PM #16
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I watched Keigh Olberman for about 5 minutes some time ago.  That's about my limit of listening to venomous blah.  He's a hater.  I don't watch haters unless they have a fantastic sense of humor, which Olberman has NOT.


Mar 01, 2009 12:19 AM #17
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

Here are some other articles on This network that have paid tribute to Paul Harvey:

By Terry Chenier

Mar 11, 2009 08:39 AM #18
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