Tuesday, March 03, 2009

GOOD NIGHT, PAUL HARVEY

You will be missed. . .

I started listening to Harvey in 1991 about the same time I first heard Rush. They were both on WCOA in Pensacola. Great Memories.

A Harvey broadcast from the late 1980s included these items:

"Spec-tac-u-lar liftoff from Cape Canaveral this morning, into an azure sky," Harvey said, describing a rocket launch. Then it was on to "New York City. Last year. 8,064 people bitten by dogs. 1,587 people bitten [pause] by people."

"One of the things that radio broadcasters are taught from Day 1 ... is that dead air is a big no-no and it's only after years and years in the field that you realize that silence is your most powerful tool, [and] he did it better than anyone," said Edwards, who remembers listening in the back seat of his parents' station wagon.

Harvey, who also read his own commercials on air, has been credited with coining words like "guesstimate," "trendency" and "snoopervision."

While he made his living with words, retirement wasn't in his vocabulary. In 2000, at age 82, he signed a reported $100 million contract that would have kept him on the air for 10 more years.

Simply put, Harvey preferred a life "sitting at that typewriter painting pictures" -- and then reading those "pictures" over the air.

As he once said, "I'm just a professional parade watcher who can't wait to get to the curbside."


1 comment:

Sir Saunders said...

And now you know the rest of the story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqtYrtR2DEU here is an episode of Paul Harvey where he is stoned.

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