Paul Harvey.


I am habitually quiet between 11:50pm and 12:05 pm each day. It is engrained in every fiber of my being.

Growing up, my parents loved Paul Harvey. They listened every day. If my sisters and I were at home, especially on Saturdays between noon and 12:15 pm, we were silence on pain of spanking after the show was over.

We knew we had to be quiet.

My parents listening became us listening. Tuning in every weekday and Saturday at noon. He was radio.

I remember the day he turned on George H. W. Bush and said, paraphrasing, “Mr. President, had you just explained the situation, we’d have understood.” I knew George H. W. Bush would lose the moment I realized he’d lost Paul Harvey.

Paul Harvey was perhaps the most influential voice on radio, guiding, cajoling, laughing, and informing. He was conservative to the core, but crossed party lines with wisdom and a grandfatherly trust that only he had through long time credibility and listening. His small editorial comments and nudges on news shaped many average persons’ opinions.

He will be missed.

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Erick Erickson

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  • I can really remember as a kid going on trips between Midland and Austin or visa versa. When Paul Harvey came on, it’s almost as if the world around us stopped. You knew that you had to be quiet, but it was ok because there was something about his soft voice and story-telling technique that was soothing to the soul. It made you want to listen. It is a sad day to know that he is now gone and it’s sad to think that my son won’t know who we’re talking about in 10 years. He will be greatly missed.

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