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Oh, shit.

America has lost another icon.  Paul Harvey has died at the age of 90.

Paul Harvey, up until about a few months ago, could be heard three times a day in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex on WBAP/AM 820 – a short, five minute broadcast at 0730, a more robust, 15-minute program anywhere between 1045 and 1200, and his world-renowned “Rest Of The Story” at 1855.

In April 2008, shortly before the passing of his wife Angel, he was hospitalized with pneumonia (according to Wikipedia) and ceased hosting the news spots on a full-time basis.  A slew of folks, from radio legend Ron Chapman to former presidential candidates Mitt Romney & Mike Huckabee to Paul’s own son, Paul Jr, served as guest hosts for Harvey from that point forward; Huckabee’s gig, in fact, led ABC Radio to give him his own news report, and ironically enough that very show replaced Harvey during the 0730 segment on ‘BAP last month.

Harvey’s political outlook was never very much in doubt, which endeared him to conservatives and caused libtards to set their teeth on edge.  Only twice in my memory did he ever stray from the reservation, as it were – during the Vietnam War when he turned against Nixon in much the same way Cronkite turned against Johnson, and in his increasingly unabashed criticism of the Iraq War.  Other than that, his was a comfortable conservative voice to listen to six days a week.

Paul Harvey was Rush Limbaugh before Rush Limbaugh; in fact, Limbaugh owes men like Harvey a great debt for blazing the trail through AM radio.

I and a few hundred million folks will miss him greatly.  Our prayers are with Paul Jr. and the rest of the Harvey clan during this time.

2 Comments to “Paul Harvey:  1918 – 2009”

  1. HDD — March 1, 2009 @ 3:24 am

    It’s not really a surprise. Paul was very ill for a very long time. Besides, no one dies unexpectedly after the age of 65.

    Paul also was NOT a “comfortable conservative voice”. He was a Lefty, but, a rather rational Lefty, which is a bit on the rare side, these days. He was a Lefty cut from the same cloth as Zell Miller…I disagreed with his solutions to the nation’s problems, but, I could at least agree with him on what the problems were.

    I won’t miss him, that much, mainly because I came to grips with him not being on the radio about 10 years ago. He was sick for a REALLY long time.

  2. Alan K. Henderson — March 1, 2009 @ 10:15 pm

    O Venemous one, here’s another reason to like Paul Harvey:


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