Paul Harvey News
Paul Harvey Aurandt began his radio career at Tulsa’s KVOO-AM in 1933 while still in high school, and continued working there as an announcer, then as a PD, while attending the University of Tulsa. He spent three years as a station manager in Salina, KS and then took a news job with Oklahoma City’s KOMA-AM. From there, he moved on to KXOK-AM in St. Louis as a reporter and director of special events.
In 1940 he married the former Lynne Cooper (whom he often referred to as “Angel”) and moved to Hawaii to cover the U.S. Navy’s Pacific fleet buildup there. He was returning to the states when the Japanese made their attack on Pearl Harbor. After enlisting in the Army Air Corps and serving until 1944, he moved to Chicago and began broadcasting from ABC affiliate WENR-AM – quickly becoming the most listened-to newscaster in the city.
Harvey began his national coast-to-coast “News and Comment” program on the full ABC Radio Network in 1951. At its peak, the program (a mix of headlines, comments, quips, and advertisements, all voiced by Harvey) was carried by more than 1200 stations around the country each day. His brisk, quirky style of delivery and signature greeting (“Hello Americans”) were widely parodied.
In 1976 he began a companion program on ABC. “The Rest of the Story,” researched and written by his son, Paul Harvey, Jr., was a daily five-minute series that focused on forgotten or little known tales behind the stories of famous people or events.
Paul Harvey passed away in February 2009, less than a year after his beloved “Angel” who died in May 2008, a month short of their 68th wedding anniversary.
Over the years, he received numerous honors. In 1990, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and, in 1992, received the Paul White Award, the highest honor presented by the Radio-Television News Director’s Association. The Radio & Records Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to him at the 2003 Talk Radio Seminar in Washington and, in 2005, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from then-President George W. Bush.
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