Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Harvey began his radio career in 1933 at KVOO-AM, Tulsa, while he was still in high school. Later, while attending the University of Tulsa, he continued working at KVOO as an announcer, then as a program director.
After graduation, Mr. Harvey spent three years as a station manager for a local station in Salina, Kansas. From there, he took a news casting job at KOMA-AM in Oklahoma City, then moved on to KXOK-AM, St. Louis, where he was Director of Special Events as well as working as a roving reporter.
Mr. Harvey moved to Hawaii in 1940 to cover the U.S. Navy as it
began to concentrate its fleet in the Pacific. He was returning
to the United States from that assignment when the Japanese bombed
Pearl Harbor. Paul Harvey enlisted into the Army Air Corps, where
he served until 1944.
After leaving the corps, Mr. Harvey moved to Chicago, where in
June 1944, he began broadcasting from the ABC affiliate WENR-AM.
He quickly became the most listened-to newscaster in Chicago.
Paul Harvey reached audiences way beyond the windy city in 1951,
when he began his coast-to-coast "News and Comment" on the
ABC Radio Networks. On May 10, 1976, Mr. Harvey began another series
of programs on the ABC Radio Networks entitled "The Rest of the
Story", which delve into the forgotten or little known facts behind
stories of famous people and events.
Today, Paul Harvey "News and Comment" and "The Rest of the Story" can be heard every Monday through Saturday. Paul Harvey News is the largest one-man network in the world, consisting of over 1200 radio stations, 400 Armed Forces Network stations that broadcast around the world, and 300 newspapers.
Paul Harvey's reach continues to broaden in the 21st Century, as "News and Comment" is streamed on the world wide web twice a day.
Mr. Harvey is married to the former Lynne Cooper of St. Louis. They
have one son, Paul Jr.