This beautiful tribute “Heaven Needed a Hero” was produced by Kipp Kelly in honour of the late Paul Harvey (1918-2009), an American broadcasting pioneer and radio legend.
The video’s caption reads:
“In a world where people hurry by and life seems too hard. There once lived a man named Paul Harvey. This is a celebration of his life and love of his family and friends. Now you know the rest of the story.”
Paul Harvey: Heaven Needed a Hero
One of the most gentle, trusted and dependable voices on the radio has just been silenced. Paul Harvey, born in 1918, passed away on Saturday February 28th, 2009 in Arizona. Most people knew Paul Harvey through his radio broadcasts and his love of words, particularly, The Rest of the Story, one of the most touching and illuminating series on the air. I listened to Paul Harvey during the 1990s and couldn’t get out of bed in the morning until I had heard him say, “And now you know the rest of the story”.
This article is meant to be a venue for all of us to share our memories of Paul Harvey and also pay tribute to the man who for nearly 60 years dedicated his life to reaching out to others and shining a light in the darkness through broadcast radio.
I asked some of my friends to share their thoughts and have posted them below:
“I think his career underscores the power of a voice, a unique sound. One always knew if/when they were listening to Paul Harvey. He had tremendous influence because people believed what his voice said and found him credible. It is an awesome realization that our voices mean so much. He had a long successful career and hopefully he understood what his gifts meant to all who heard him.”
— Dr. H. Steven Sims
“I had the honor of meeting and interviewing Mr. Harvey when he visted Beaufort, SC in 1975 to deliver a speech to officers at MCAS (Marine Corps Air Station). An astounding man of intellect, insight, wit and sensitivity. A true American original. As dynamic and engaging as he was on radio and television, he was even more compelling a presence in person. It is his pleasure to now reunite with his beloved wife and Producer Angel for ‘The Rest of the Story’.”
— Earon Mackey
“I listened to him first on WJR in Detroit in the 80’s, and then on K-100 through the present. There will never EVER be another voice like that ever again.”
— Brandon Miller
“Paul Harvey was one of the first voices that I remember coming out of the radio when I was young. He completely embodied the ‘magic’ of radio. As a point of irony, I think one of the greatest things about Paul Harvey wasn’t just his voice… it was his mastery of silence. He could draw you in with his use of pauses. His delivery, voice, style of writing, etc were all great… but his ability to be a “friend” on the radio… that’s a template I try to follow every time I get on the air. There’s a picture of him hanging in the lobby at ABC. Just about every day I get on the elevator to go to the studio, it’s hard not to see that pic and think ‘wow… I work for the same company as Paul Harvey does!’ ;-)”
— Marc Preston
“There were a couple of years in the mid 90’s that I started really loving listening to Paul Harvey. Whenever I caught him on air, I was locked in listen mode. Whatever he was reading/presenting, he had my full, undivided attention. That’s an extremely rare and beautiful talent he was blessed with. Paul Harvey was truly unique with a voice whose timbre reminded me of my grandfather. As Earon Mackey says above, Mr. Harvey was indeed, a true American original. There will be no sequel.”
— Kevin Darbro
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