Paul Harvey died Saturday at the age of 90. We will miss him greatly.
I knew there was something different about Paul Harvey the first time I heard him on the radio in the 1970s.
His voice and delivery of the news was quite unique and no one else worked in ads for sponsors so seamlessly. But there was something else that I couldn’t quite put my finger on that distinguished Paul from the other news reporters and commentators on the radio as well as Walter Cronkite and his colleagues on broadcast television news.
It would be the late 1980s or even early 90s before I finally realized what so appealed to me.
I finally realized, after the Reagan years and after I had immersed myself in the new talk radio for several years that Paul Harvey had been the one of first unabashed, unapologetic conservative voices I had ever heard before I even knew what a conservative was!
Yes, Buckley’s Firing Line captured my attention in the 70s, as did Pat Buchanan’s Crossfire in the 80s. Reagan and Rush made it clear what conservatism was in the 80s and 90s. I didn’t switch to the GOP until 2000, but can see now that Paul Harvey played no small role in affirming my conservative values from the beginning.
But what strikes me to this day is how Paul Harvey’s brand seemed so natural. I recall how he always referred to our military and its missions in heroic terms. How he exalted the entrepreneurs and the can-do types in our economy, and how he bemoaned government regulations that shackled people trying to achieve great things.
At the end of the first segment of Harvey broadcasts, Paul would say “Page Two” and at the end of his show, would say: “This is Paul Harvey…Good Day.”
At the end of his life on Earth, we can unequivocally state:
Paul Harvey…Good Life!
You have now flown away to your Page Two to be with your Savior, who became a “bird” to lead you out of the storm.
Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer, Examiner.com and Minority Report columns
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
Originally published by Mike DeVine, Legal Editor for The Minority Report