Monday, March 2, 2009
"THIS IS PAUL HARVEY, GOOD DAY"!
He was exactly what legends are made of! Certainly he belonged to that genre of very few gifted radio icons who knew how to hold their audience captive? Like Rush Limbaugh, he communicated to his audience in a language of familiarity and succinctly too! Veteran radio commentator, Paul Harvey passed on to the world beyond, on Saturday February 28, 2009 at the very ripe age of 90! ABC Network that carried his program, confirmed his death and added that Paul died at his winter home in Phoenix, surrounded by family. Although no official cause of death was immediately available, Icheoku says, the cause of death is good old age! Paul Harvey had a radio career spanning over 70 years from 1933 until his death. On May 10, 1976, he began "The Rest of the Story," program which delved into the forgotten or little known facts, behind stories of people and events. He usually signed off this program with his signature "This is Paul Harvey, Good-Day"! It is estimated that some 18 million people tuned into his daily reports to hear his 15-minute take on the day's events. He was heard on California's Bay Area KGO Newstalk Radio AM 810 as well as on over 1300 other radio stations and 400 Armed Forces Network stations, world-wide. According to one tribute, Paul Harvey "truly communicated. He talked right to you. In words you could understand. He looked straight into your eyes even on the radio. He spoke with conviction, enthusiasm, and all of his arguments made so much doggone sense". Paul Harvey was survived by his son Paul Harvey Jr., who is often heard filling in for Paul Sr., especially on the "The rest of the story" program. His wife "Angel," the former Lynne Cooper of St. Louis, had pre-deceased him as she passed away on May 3, 2008. Icheoku says, may the soul of Paul Harvey rest in peace!