Paul Harvey: 'Good day!' and goodbye to an amazing broadcaster

Paul Harvey died on Saturday at age 90. He was a remarkably original radio personality. My parents used to listen to his mixture of news and anecdote every day, and when I was a child I became transfixed by Harvey’s rumbling-deep voice and strikingly unique phrasing. He’d pause in the middle of sentences for dramatic effect. He’d rush to the end of a story, pause for so long you thought the radio had gone dead, and then you’d suddenly hear him bark in mock-triumph, “Page two!”… his term for changing the subject, and off he was, onto another story, or to a commercial whose copy he read himself and promoted personally.

Harvey belonged to the pre-TV generation, but lasted well into the Internet age. In recent years, I would hear him only on car trips, around noon wherever I was, on the AM radio dial. He had the gift of making it seem as though he was talking only to you. “Hello, Americans!” he’d greet you merrily: patriotism never sounded so much fun.

Paul Harvey, sir… good day!


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  • Ken Watts

    He was also a contestant in the very first World Series of Poker.

  • F Troxell

    Besides a great orator, he was a great golfer as well.

  • Harry William Hallstrom

    Ah Yes …… and now you know the rest of the story.
    His closing comment at the end of every story. I don’t know how many times I’ve used ‘his’ term when repeating a story I had heard. Thank you sir for such great stories over the many years.

  • Todd Wilson

    I grew up on a farm in Nebraska. My Dad has had an old table radio playing 24/7/365 in our machine shop for 30 + years tuned to KRVN out of Lexington, NE. We have listened to Paul Harvey’s morning, noon, and “The Rest of the Story” afternoon broadcast for that entire period. Mr. Harvey will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

  • Sam

    Oh no! :( I start listening to him about 6 or 7 years on NPR I would anxiously wait every morning for his little segment…. As the previous comment said.. “And now you know, the rest of the story…” has been in my lingo ever since!!! May G-d bless his soul…

  • Jack Selway

    I first heard Mr. Harvey when I worked for a station, in Dillon, Montana where his broadcast was aired – 1959. Then I sang for a dinner, in Missoula where he spoke, in 1969. And, I was master of ceremonies of the annual meeting of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, in Pueblo, CO where he was honored, in 2000. I loved listening to his remarkable delivery and wished I could have been a fray on the edge of his shadow.

  • Scott Madigan

    The Angels in Heaven will now be tuning in to Paul Harvey! Lucky devils. Paul will be sorely missed here on Earth.

  • L. Charles

    Paul Harevey was always upholding the christian rights in the USA and that is more than I can say for most “media” personnel. I believe Paul Harvey is now living “the rest of the story” of life.

  • Jacob

    He was a remarkable man, I loved listening to his show, He will be missed!!

  • gary kalepp

    sorely missed. now you know the rest of the story…..

  • John B

    I echo L Charles sentiment. He was a great American and I will miss him greatly for the rest of my time on this Earth. When I go home I am sure I will meet him again.

  • gary kalepp

    sorely missed. now you know the rest of the story…..

  • bpw

    I’ll miss him but won’t miss his B-se commercials aimed at the uninformed masses…B-se is a marketing company, first and foremost, with sound quality taking a back seat to hype. Overpriced junk.

  • diane

    A remarkable man. He will be missed.

    • Niko

      To dear Jessie:you can consider staiyng at classmate’s home in Taipei on Saturday ~ It will make you no rushy for being there. Well, if you want to stay one night with us at Alex’s place, it will be nice, too :P . We can have a “ture-heart-word-big-advanture” and paint the city red, you know :)

  • Gary Gunn

    Some things change…and it is just not the same, again…ever.

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