Broadcasting Pioneer Paul Harvey, 90

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Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato
style made him one of the nation’s most familiar voices, died Saturday
in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90.

Mr. Harvey
died surrounded by family at a hospital in Phoenix, where he had
a winter home, said Louis Adams, a spokesman for ABC Radio Networks,
where Mr. Harvey worked for more than 50 years. 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.

“My father
and mother created from thin air what one day became radio and television
news,” Paul Harvey Jr. said in a statement. “So in the
past year, an industry has lost its godparents and today millions
have lost a friend.”

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.

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3, 2009

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