Broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey has died at the age of 90. His death was reported tonight by the ABC Radio Networks, his home on the radio for nearly 60 years.
Network spokesman Louis Adams said Harvey died today at his winter home in Phoenix, surrounded by family. No cause of death was immediately available.
Harvey was a news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation’s most familiar voices.
“The Rest of the Story” had been heard nationally since 1951, when he began his “News and Comment” for ABC Radio Networks. He continued to broadcast well after his 90th birthday.
I started listening to Harvey as a college freshman in 1981. I remembered hearing his “News and Comment” segments while I sat at a Shortline bus station in Liberty, New York. His resonant voice and trademark delivery is one of the reasons I wanted to get into broadcasting.
Harvey managed to utilize long pauses in his broadcasts for dramatic effect. I felt like the stories he told were real genuine and down to earth. “The Rest of the Story” was like a ‘who done it?’ and I was always fooled by who did what at the end.
Smooth Jazz and More honors the memory of one of the great communicators in the radio business.