Paul Harvey, ABC radio broadcaster, Died at 90

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Dead, Paul Harvey Aurandt on February 28, 2009 at the age of 90, he was a conservative American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 4, 1918, the son of a policeman killed in 1921, Harvey made radio receivers as a young boy.

He attended Tulsa Central High School where a teacher, Isabelle Ronan, was “impressed by his voice.”

On her recommendation, he started working at KVOO in Tulsa in 1933, when he was 14.

While attending the University of Tulsa, he continued working at KVOO, first as an announcer, and later as a program director.

Harvey, at age nineteen spent three years as a station manager for KFBI AM, now known as KFDI, a radio station that once had studios in Salina, Kansas.

From there, he moved to a newscasting job at KOMA in Oklahoma City, and then to KXOK, in St. Louis in 1938, where he was Director of Special Events and a roving reporter.

Beginning in 1952, Harvey was a friend of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Harvey would often submit “advance copies of his radio script for comment and approval.”

It is believed that Harvey’s friendship with Hoover helped Harvey escape criminal charges relating to his trespassing at Argonne National Laboratory.

Harvey was also a close friend of Senator Joseph McCarthy and supporter of his search for Communists.

In 1940, Harvey married Lynne Cooper of St. Louis. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Washington University in St. Louis and a former schoolteacher.

They met when Harvey was working at KXOK and Cooper came to the station for a school news program.

Harvey invited her to dinner, proposed to her after a few minutes of conversation and from then on called her “Angel,” even on his radio show.

A year later she said yes. The couple moved to Chicago in 1944. Lynne Harvey was the first producer ever inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, and had developed some of her husband’s best-known features, such as “The Rest of the Story.”

While working on her husband’s radio show, she established 10 p.m. as the hour in which news is broadcast.

She was the first woman to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Chicago chapter of American Women in Radio and Television.

She worked in television also, and created a television show called Dilemma which is acknowledged as the prototype of the modern talk show genre.

While working at CBS, she was among the first women to produce an entire newscast. In later years, she was best known as a philanthropist.


 

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