There are certain people who are revered by so many that they will forever stand in a class by themselves. Paul Harvey is one of those people. He’s an institution, a pillar, the standard-bearer for all American radio and television personalities, commentators, and news columnists who came after him and aspired to be like him.
He was — and in many ways still is — the voice of America.
To say someone is the voice of America is a pretty bold statement — even for us (you know how proud we are of the U.S.A.). But if you’ve heard Paul Harvey, even if for an instant, you’d agree. His words masterfully connected the history of our great country to the present and the future. His velvety Midwestern staccato voice and gentle storytelling brought even the simplest anecdotes about the lives of famous people to life. The way he confidently opened each broadcast with “Stand by for news” sent chills up your spine as you waited for him to speak.
From 1951 to 2008, Paul Harvey captivated audiences nationwide. This included Paul Harvey News and Comment and his The Rest of the Story segments, which reached as many as 24 million people per week.
Even now, 12 years after his passing, young people who may not immediately know him by name recognize his voice from such speeches as God Made A Farmer, Freedom To Chains, and If I Were The Devil. His God Made A Farmer speech has been used by Ram as a voice-over for its truck commercials during the Super Bowl.
According to NPR.org, Mr. Harvey began his career by sweeping floors for an AM station in Tulsa. It didn’t take long for him to become the face of radio, first in Kansas, then in St. Louis, and finally Chicago. He coined the term Reaganomics, told tales of Elvis Presley’s childhood, recounted the Revolutionary War, and shared his belief in God and country. He even spoke in the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The link to that video is below.
Simply put, Paul Harvey’s voice and words gave our country its voice. And for that, we are eternally grateful.
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