PAUL HARVEY, 90
Commentator, talk-radio pioneer
Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation's most familiar voices, died yesterday in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. Mr. Harvey died surrounded by family at a hospital in Phoenix, where he had a winter home. No cause of death was immediately available.
Mr. Harvey had been forced off the air for several months in 2001 because of a virus that weakened a vocal cord. But he returned to work in Chicago and was still active as he passed his 90th birthday. His death comes less than a year after that of his wife and longtime producer, Lynne.
Known for his resonant voice and trademark delivery of "The Rest of the Story," Harvey had been heard nationally since 1951, when he began his "News and Comment" for ABC Radio Networks.
He became a heartland icon, delivering news and commentary with a distinctive Midwestern flavor. "Stand by for news!" he told his listeners. He was credited with inventing or popularizing terms such as "skyjacker," "Reaganomics" and "guesstimate."
At the peak of his career, Mr. Harvey reached more than 24 million listeners on more than 1,200 radio stations. His syndicated column was carried by 300 newspapers.