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Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey Aurandt (born September 4, 1918), better known as Paul Harvey, is an American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcasts a monologue in the morning and at noon Monday through Friday and at noon on Saturday. His shows are mostly news and commentary as well as his famous "The Rest of the Story" segment. His listening audience is estimated at 22 million people a week. Paul Harvey likes to say that he was raised in radio newsrooms.

Table of contents
1 Career
2 Contracts
3 Awards
4 Family
5 Quotes
6 Books
7 External links
8 Note

Career

Harvey was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Harvey made radio sets as a boy. In 1933, at a high school teacherís suggestion, he started working at KVOO/Tulsa. There he helped clean up and eventually was allowed to fill in on the air, reading commercials and news.

Later, while attending the University of Tulsa, he continued working at KVOO as an announcer, and later as a program director. Harvey spent three years as a station manager for a local station in Salina, Kansas. From there, he moved to a news casting job at KOMA-AM in Oklahoma City, then moved on to KXOK-AM, in St. Louis, where he was Director of Special Events as well as working as a roving reporter.

In 1940, Harvey moved to Hawaii to cover the U.S. Navy as it concentrated its fleet in the Pacific. He was returning to the United States from assignment in Hawaii when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Harvey then enlisted in the Army Air Corps, where he served until 1944.

(The November 7, 1978, issue of Esquire magazine has an expose of sorts on Paul Harvey, including how he came to drop his last name of Aurandt: Briefly, he stole an airplane and was discharged from the Army Air Corps on Section 8 (mental illness) charges.)

After leaving military service, Harvey moved to Chicago, where in June 1944, he began broadcasting from the ABC affiliate WENR-AM. He quickly became the most popular newscaster in Chicago.

In 1945 he began hosting the postwar employment program "Jobs for G.I. Joe" on ABC affiliate WENR-AM.

In 1946, Harvey added "The Rest of the Story" segments to his newscasts, which eventually became its own series in 1976.

In 1951, the ABC Radio Networks carried Paul Harvey's show "News and Comment" coast-to-coast and it has continued ever since.

On May 10, 1976, ABC Radio Networks spun off "The Rest of the Story" as a separate series which provided endless surprises as Harvey dug into the stories behind the stories of famous events people. Harvey's son a concert pianist helped write the show.

In 2001, Harvey was off the air after damaging his vocal cords, returning in late August, 2001.

Paul Harvey News has been called the "largest one-man network in the world", as it is carried broadcast civilian radio stations, 400 Armed Forces Network stations around the world, 100 stations and 300 newspapers.

His broadcasts and newspaper columns have been reprinted in the Congressional Record more than those of any other commentator.

Harvey's "News and Comment" is streamed on the world wide web twice a day.

Contracts

Harvey recently signed a 10-year, $100 million contract with ABC Radio Networks.

Awards

He has been named Salesman of the Year, Commentator of the Year, Person of the Year, Father of the Year, and American of the Year. He has been elected to the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Hall of Fame and appeared on the Gallup poll list of America's most admired men. In addition he has received eleven Freedom Foundation Awards and the Horatio Alger Award.

Family

Harvey is married to Lynne Harvey (nee Cooper) of St. Louis. When Harvey was Special Events Director and newsman at KXOX he met Lynne Cooper when she came to the station for a school news program. Harvey invited her to dinner, and proposed to her after a few minutes of conversation and from then on called her Angel. A year later she said yes. Lynne Harvey is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is a former school teacher.

They have one son, Paul Aurandt III.

Quotes

"When the salad plates were whisked away and the entree brought in, he leaned over toward me and said, 'Page ... 2,' just like he does on the radio." -- Garrison Keillor When he met Harvey at a "stuffed-shirt" dinner in Chicago.

"Mr. President [Richard Nixon], I love you, but you're wrong" --Paul Harvey on the Vietnam War

"Retiring is just practicing up to be dead. That doesn't take any practice."

"Every pessimist who ever lived has been buried in an unmarked grave. Tomorrow has always been better than today, and it always will be."

"and now you know [pause] the rest of the story.

"Page [pause] two"

"She is still one of the daintiest, most feminine creatures I've ever known." on his wife

Books

External links

Note

Paul Harvey the broadcaster should not be confused with Paul M. Harvey, the
UT Astronomy Professor.