Radio legend Paul Harvey has died at the age of 90.
Paul Harvey was a long standing American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Network. He broadcasted News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his The Rest of the Story segments. As of September 2008, Harvey the oldest syndicated radio personality in America, having been heard nationally since 1951.
His list of awards is nearly as long as his career. Harvey won Salesman of the Year, Commentator of the Year, Person of the Year, Father of the Year, and American of the Year. He has been elected to the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Hall of Fame and appeared on the Gallup poll list of America’s most admired men. He received 11 Freedom Foundation Awards as well as the Horatio Alger Award. In 2005 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ most prestigious civilian award.
Although not a strict partisan, Harvey was considered a conservative, and over the years supported the McCarthy witch-hunt, professed his love for Richard Nixon (while disagreeing with him), and attacked people on welfare. He was also a high ranking Mason.
Harvey died Saturday at his winter home in Phoenix, surrounded by family. The cause of death was not available.