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 Good morning, Americans, I'm Paul Harvey!

Paul Harvey Aurandt, or simply Paul Harvey, was an iconic American news radio personality most active from immediately after World War II all the way to near his death in 2009. With his distinctive, fatherly voice and presentation, he was mostly known for his 10-minute syndicated news segments and his rather eccentric openings ("I'm Paul Harvey...stand by for NEWS!") as well as for his Rest of the Story segment (You know what the news is. In a minute, you're going to hear the rest of the story!). His news segments, especially during The Nineties and onward tended to have a retro '30s feel, like they would fit in right after one of FDR's fireside radiocasts. He would often read aloud script instructions (onto page TWO!) and he would even read out most of the advertisements himself, which often led to strong personal endorsements (he disliked advertising for products he didn't use). His Rest of the Story segments were usually about little known factoids of history, usually focusing on an ironic twist of character or outcome, or otherwise a little-known but interesting fact.

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  • Catch Phrase: "Paul Harvey... good day!" and "And now you know... the rest of the story!"
  • Guest Host: Several, most notably his son, Paul Harvey Jr. A long spell of guest hosts occurred when Paul came down with pneumonia, consisting of Fred Thompson and several ABC radio personnel.
  • Long Runners: News and Comment lasted from 1944 to 2009. That's right, 65 years.
  • Title Drop: "And now you know... the rest of the story!"
  • Vocal Evolution: Surprisingly averted; his delivery barely changed even into the 1990s and 2000s, barring some episodes during his bout with pneumonia when he sounded very rough.

Paul Harvey... good day!

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