Every week 24 million people would “stand by” for Paul Harvey on more than 1,350 commercial radio stations, as well as 400 stations of the Armed Forces Radio Service.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Paul Harvey made radio sets as a boy. At a high school teacher’s 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.
From Tulsa he moved to KFBI/Abilene, Kansas and then jumped to KXOK/St. Louis. While there, Harvey met Lynne Cooper, who would soon become his wife and business partner. He frequently referred to her on the air as “Angel” and together they form one of radio’s most successful teams.
Harvey moved to WKZO/Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1941 as program director. He also served as the Office of War Information's news director for Michigan and Indiana. In the middle 1940s, Harvey made his way to WENR/Chicago and, within a year, his 10:00 PM newscast became the top-rated program.
In 1946, Harvey added The Rest of the Story segments to his newscasts, which eventually became its own series in 1976.
Harvey moved to the ABC Radio Network for his first national broadcast in 1951.
Paul Harvey passed away February 28th, 2009.
He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.