Radio legend Paul Harvey died on Saturday morning (Feb. 28) at a hopsital near his winter home in Phoenix surrounded by family. No cause of death was immediately available. He was 90.

Harvey's death follows that of his wife and business partner of 68 years, Lynne "Angel" Harvey, who died in May 2008.

In a statement released Saturday night (Feb. 28), Paul Harvey, Jr. said, "My father and mother created from thin air what one day became radio and television news. So in the past year, an industry has lost its godparents and today millions have lost a friend."
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Commenting on Harvey's death in a prepared statement, ABC Radio Networks president Jim Robinson said, "Paul Harvey was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation's history. As he delivered the news each day with his own unique style and commentary, his voice became a trusted friend in American households. His career in radio spanned more than seven decades, during which time countless millions of listeners were both informed and entertained by his "News & Comment" and "Rest of the Story" features. Even after the passing of his loving wife Angel in May 2008, Paul would not slip quietly into retirement as he continued to take the microphone and reach out to his audience. We will miss our dear friend tremendously and are grateful for the many years we were so fortunate to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are now with his son Paul, Jr. and the rest of the Harvey family."

ABC Radio Networks has posted this tribute.

Harvey's Radio Bio
Born Paul Harvey Aurandt on Sept. 4, 1918 and raised in Tulsa, Okla., Harvey began his radio career in 1933 at KVOO-AM/Tulsa, while he was still in high school. Later, while attending the University of Tulsa, he continued working at KVOO as an announcer, then as a PD.

Harvey spent three years as a station manager for a local station in Salina, Kan. From there, he took a news announcing job at KOMA-AM in Oklahoma City, then moved on to KXOK-AM, St. Louis, where he was director of special events as well as working as a roving reporter.

Harvey moved to Hawaii in 1940 to cover the U.S. Navy as it began to build up its fleet in the Pacific Ocean. He was returning to the U.S. from that assignment when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

Harvey enlisted into the Army Air Corps, where he served until 1944. After leaving the corps, Harvey moved to Chicago, where in June 1944, he began broadcasting from the ABC affiliate WENR-AM. He quickly became the most listened-to newscaster in Chicago.

Harvey reached audiences way beyond Chicago in 1951, when he began his coast-to-coast "News and Comment" on the ABC Radio Networks. On May 10, 1976, he began another series of programs on the ABC Radio Networks entitled "The Rest of the Story," which delved into the forgotten or little known facts behind stories of famous people and events.

Among the dozens of professional honors Harvey received, 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 Directors Association. President George W. Bush bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Harvey in 2005.

Harvey also received the Radio & Records Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2003 Talk Radio Seminar in Washington. Art Vuolo, Jr., who videotaped Harvey's 17-minute speech, points out that was the last time Harvey made a speech to members of the radio industry.

Programming Notes
*The Salem Radio Network (SRN) plans to provide one-minute special reports on Harvey's death to their affiliates. The reports will include highlights from Harvey's career, reaction from political leaders and other materials. SRN News also plans extensive coverage in our regularly scheduled newscasts.

*Harvey's long-time home, the ABC Radio Networks, announced a week-long tribute March 2-7 airing in the morning, midday and afternoon time slots where "News & Comment" (the noon report) and "The Rest of the Story" air. ABC says, the programs will "celebrate the life and career of this legendary talent and include classic audio and memories of Paul Harvey."

*In New York, Citadel talk WABC aired a one-hour tribute from ABC News Sunday (March 1) at 10:00 a.m. and plans continued special programming Monday (March 2) with hosts Don Imus, Joe Scarborough, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Curtis Sliwa.

*Bruce DuMont, founder and president of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, tells R&R that in memory of Harvey and his late wife, Angel, the Museum of Broadcast Communications will name its special events venue the Paul and Angel Harvey Center. It will be the site of future Radio Hall of Fame inductions. Fans and industry leaders are invited to share their respect with a memorial donation to complete the Center at www.museum.tv.

Industry reaction to Harvey's death continues to pour in. Read all the tributes here.

Additional reporting by Mike Stern