- Photo credit paulharvey.com
- I'd like to pay tribute to Paul Harvey, broadcaster
extraordinaire, for his lifetime of dedicated service telling us "The
rest of the story." It was deeply saddening for all to hear of his
- Paul fought the mainstream news mentality by bringing
detailed facts about people and places using his own consistently unique,
informative, unbiased and mesmerizing technique. I've never heard any
other newscaster do this as eloquently as Paul could. Never was a negative
word ever heard in the media about the personality and character of this
great icon of the airwaves.
- When about 8 years old, I made a small "crystal"
radio set using a safety pin with a piece of pencil lead attached to the
end of it, and a razor blade. It was powered by the local 50,000 watt
radio station - and it was Paul's voice telling the rest of the story
that was among the first voices I heard while sitting in a small tent.
From that day forward, I always enjoyed the trivia he could tell.
- Paul had a limitless, detailed library of stories about
people and places that he told, never repeating any one of them. He would
begin his stories in such a way about a place, object or someone that
you were driven to listen to every word even while driving. It was impossible
to change stations while he was speaking. He had attained the highest
skill level of story telling anyone could master.
- This is a talent completely lost in today's radio, and
will probably never be replicated. Whatever the advertising cost was for
a radio spot between page one and page two, surely it wasn't high enough.
- Radio is a fascinating medium, completely unlike television
where images are forced upon the listener of a television program. Few
people of today's generation appreciate what it takes to creatively tell
a story with tremendous detail in only a few minutes time, and do so in
such a way as to create the best and most powerful images in the listener's
mind. He did it all without ever using four letter words, images of killing
or torturing people or character assassination. Paul knew how to do this
perfectly and created an entire new art form.
- He was a great talent of the airwaves, who is now silent
and very great loss to the world. After passing from this world on to the
next, Paul knows the rest of the story.
- Ted Twietmeyer
- Well said, Ted! Paul was a remarkable thinker and broadcaster,
and he definitely now knows 'the rest of the story' in the great beyond,
as you so aptly concluded. He'd have (I'm sure DOES) love(d) that! Thank
you for this excellent tribute to a wonderful American icon!