Paul Harvey | Inducted June 25, 1993
Paul Harvey, Radio Journalist
1918 - 2009
Hello, Americans. It’s the voice that all of America knows and trusts. Paul Harvey began his radio career at KVOO-AM in 1933 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while he was still in high school. Later, while enrolled in the University of Tulsa, he continued working at KVOO as an announcer, then as program director.
After graduation, Harvey spent time as a station manager in Salina, Kansas, a newscaster in Oklahoma City, and a Director of Special Events and roving reporter in St. Louis, Missouri. While in St. Louis, he met Lynn Cooper, the girl he always called Angel. She had come to the station for a school news program when he invited her to dinner and proposed to her that very evening. They are still married and have one son, Paul Jr.
In 1940, he went to Hawaii to cover the U.S. Navy as it began to concentrate its fleet in the Pacific. He was on his way back to the United States when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Harvey immediately enlisted into the Army Air Corps, serving the United States until 1944.
In June 1944, Harvey moved to Chicago and began broadcasting from WENR-AM, quickly becoming the most listened to newscaster in Chicago. In 1951, Harvey began a coast-to-coast program “News and Comment” on the ABC Radio Networks. On May 10, 1976, he began the program he is best known for “The Rest of the Story.”
Paul Harvey News is the largest one-man network in the world, consisting of over 1200 radio stations, 400 Armed Forces Network stations broadcasting around the world, and 300 newspapers. Harvey has received eleven Freedom Foundation Awards, has been elected to the National Association of Broadcasters’ Radio Hall of Fame, and the Hall of Fame in his native state of Oklahoma. He has been honored with the Horatio Alger Award, Father of the Year, Commentator of the Year, Person of the Year, American of the Year, and is on the Gallup Poll list of America’s Most Admired Men.
Harvey was initiated into Delta Chapter in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1936. He is a Legion of Honor recipient. Harvey was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on June 25, 1993.
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