Saturday, February 28, 2009
Birthplace: Tulsa, OK
Religion: Seventh Day Adventist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Radio Personality, Columnist
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Folksy radio quasi-journalist
Military service: US Army Air Corps (Dec-1943 to Mar-1944, Section 8 discharge, mental illness)
Paul Harvey first went on the radio in 1933, when he was still attending high school in Tulsa, OK. Hard work, a smooth baritone voice, and his mastery of the dramatic pause earned Harvey quick advancement at a series of radio gigs across Kansas and Missouri. At KXOK-AM in St. Louis, he met Lynne 'Angel' Cooper, the station's "women's news" reporter. He proposed over dinner on their first date, and she became his wife, producer, and editor.
Harvey was a newscaster at Chicago's WENR-AM, where he began his daily Paul Harvey News and Comment for ABC Radio in 1951. The journalistic grandfather of Fox News, Harvey's commentaries often tilt to the right, and he reads the commercials as enthusiastically as the commentary. "I am fiercely loyal to those willing to put their money where my mouth is", he says.
You said it, Paul Harvey!
In 1976, Harvey started a second daily radio show, The Rest of the Story, telling little-known true anecdotes about famous folks or historic incidents, always with a little twist at the end. The Rest of the Story is written by Harvey's son and announcer, Paul Jr., who goes by the family's off-the-air name, Aurandt.
More of Paul Harvey's the Rest of the Story