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

Is there something you would like to share in tribute to Paul Harvey?

Please add your thoughts below.


  1. I, just like everyone else, was first shocked…then saddened…and then I marveled at how long Paul Harvey had been a part of my life. As a young hippie my love of words and broadcasting betrayed me as I listened with rapt attention to Paul Harveys style, wit and stories instead of radical prose on FM radio. And is there anyone who wasn’t amazed at learning “the rest of the story”? I guess I thought that there would always be a “Paul Harvey” story or broadcast that I could glean from…
    Thank you, Paul Harvey…and “Good Day”…

  2. Nobody but Nobody sold products like Paul Harvey! The way he used diction as an emphasis to his message was his and his alone.
    I spent a lot of my career in radio and Paul Harvey was ALWAYS part of the landscape… until now… My ride home from the studio will never be the same. 🙁
    Bob Marini

  3. I think Paul’s greatest strength may have been that he was completely comfortable with his unique and somewhat unusual voice. He would draw upon the strength of his inflection to captivate the audience and tell his stories. That was his life canvas. He was Paul Harvey on and off mic.
    “Older and wiser voices can help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen.” Jimmy Buffett

  4. Listening to Paul Harvey was like climbing up on your Grandfather’s lap when he would say, “Come here son, I want to tell you a story.” You would hang on every word, knowing that each and every one was carefully thought out and none were wasted. Even the pauses were measured in a way to keep you wanting more and you knew that what came after that would be a profound “ah-ha” moment. So honest, so down-to-earth and so much a part of generations of lives. There will never be another one like him in our lifetime. I wish him a “Good Day”.

  5. For me, Paul Harvey is synonymous with the warmth of an Iowa farmhouse morning in winter… tractor rolling by the window, breakfast sizzling and “Good Day” crackling out of the radio on the counter.

  6. I agree with Derek…it was all about the warmth and the “ah-ha” moment. Losing him kinda’ feels like we lost a grandfather…someone to tell us stories and send us on our way with a nugget of wisdom.

  7. When I first started voicing ads at 15 I thought I had to “shout” words to emphasize them. My coach suggested I listen to Paul Harvey and pay attention to how he used silence to get the listener’s attention and emphasize words. I did and I was hooked. Mr. Harvey had the ability to hook the listener and draw them into any world he choose. A master. Paul, you’ll be missed.

  8. When I started in radio at the age of 17, recording Paul Harvey’s noon news, commentary, and Rest of the Story was my first responsibility. At the time I was told it was hard to get fired from the station…but if you ever missed the Paul Harvey feed you “might as well not come in tomorrow.” He was beyond iconic. Paul Harvey…the master of the segue. Now page 7…

  9. As a Newscaster currently working in radio I’ve listened to Paul Harvey’s fascinating commentaries and stories.
    I heard of the passing of this fine gentleman and dedicated his life and some of his famous sound clips into my newscast throughout the day March 1st.
    He will always be missed and never forgotten for his charm and charisma and his extraordinary delivery on air.
    Listen to my partial newscast of the story about Paul Harvey by copying this link into your browser:
    Blair Wilson

  10. Radio won’t be the same without Paul Harvey…a guy who paved his own road in the business.
    A success lesson to us ALL:
    BE YOURSELF, because NOBODY is like YOU!

  11. Paul Harvey brought the rest of the world a little closer to us all, didn’t he? One of the many things I do as part of my full time gig is to program an AM News-Talk station. We have had Paul Harvey on since as long as I can remember and unless I had something that couldn’t wait, I would take time to listen to at least part if his broadcast. To me, that 15 minutes was the best 15 minutes of the broadcast day. His passing left a bit of an emptiness in my life and I will miss him. Over the past year his hosting of his own segment became less and less and it was obvious that he was planning a trip to see his Angel. I’m really not a religious man, but I like to think that the two of them are together now for all eternity. Page two…
    Thanks PH!
    Tom Conklin

  12. I’m sitting here laughing at Tony P’s comments re: missing a Paul Harvey feed. I too began my radio career in my teens. If we were late getting Paul H. on the air, it wouldn’t be long before our phones would be ringing off the hook and the station’s owner was walking into the studio! “And now you know….the REST of the story.”

  13. “My coach suggested I listen to Paul Harvey and pay attention to how he used silence to get the listener’s attention and emphasize words.”
    Exactly! His voice was personable – his voice was inviting. I can’t tell you how many requests I’ve had for “can you do a ‘Paul Harvey’ – type voice?” (I cannot, for the record).
    His voice…his insight…will be missed tremendously!

  14. Paul Harvey savored stories about the good in people. So needed in these troubled times. When I was hired as radio correspondent for ABC in the 1980’s, Paul Harvey was in his 60’s. There was much talk about what would happen if he retired. Who could possibly replace him? Happily, he never retired. On Saturday night (27 years later) I working at ABC in New York when we received word that he died. We were all so saddened, and faced with the daunting task of paying tribute to the master of our craft. He was the reason so many of us feel in love with radio. We will certainly miss him. He will live on in Paul Harvey Jr. with “The Rest of the Story.” I thank him for sharing his great gifts with us all these years.

  15. Like Tom and Faith, I know that the general rule was that you COULD mess up a Paul Harvey feed, but it was suggested that you have another job lined up before you did!
    I have spent most of my 25-year “career” in radio with Paul Harvey, working at two ABC stations in Washington state that carried his programs. But I started listening to him when I was ten, and I was hooked. What a voice, what power, and what a way he could tell a story, and he always tried to leave you smiling.
    He had just as much impact on his stations as he did on his listeners – for how many stations did Paul Harvey mean the difference between profit and loss?
    I was “riding the board” at 4:49 p.m. Saturday when the word came over the ABC Voice Cue channel that Mr. Harvey had passed. I was with our station engineer, and we looked at each other and our mouths just fell open. We knew this day would come, but it’s still a shock. And when we ran the special report and the wonderful Gil Gross tribute program the next hour, the phones started ringing with listeners in tears – just like me.
    I’ve introduced and backannounced Paul Harvey programs since 1984. Take everything I’ve done – hosting news blocks, commercials, remotes, all the interviews I’ve done. Nothing – and I mean NOTHING – gave me a bigger thrill than introducing Paul Harvey. Because I knew that more people would be listening to me doing that than to anything else I ever did. And I always tried to make it the best I could.
    Forgive the cliche, but for his fans and friends in the business, losing Mr. Harvey did not make for a “Good Day.”
    Rest well, Mr. Harvey, you’ve earned it. Thank you for all the years and the stories you told. And give Angel a big hug for us, will you?
    Kenneth Johannessen

  16. My memories of Paul Harvey go back to my first full time radio job at WELV in Ellenville, NY. We aired all of his broadcasts and was the most listened to feature on the station. My teachers at The New School of Contemporary Radio recommended that we listen to him read live spots and learn from how he was telling a story while selling a product like the Bose Wave Radio. His stories were very refreshing and very often made you think. We all tried unsuccessfully to imitate him.
    Dan Gorham
    Kingston, NY

  17. America was a much better place with Paul Harvey. I will miss his voice on the way to work every morning. God bless you, Paul Harvey

  18. I learned so much from Paul Harvey when I was working at an oldies station in the 90’s – playing his feed and recording ‘The rest of the Story’ during my shift each day. Initially, as 20 something young and foolish man, I scoffed at him and his style. It didn’t take long before I realized he had a gift. The way he would be halfway through a live read for a product, and you suddenly found yourself wrapped up in a commercial you hadn’t known you were in. The unique way he spoke, hearing that infectious smile he almost always wore.
    Paul Harvey did his best to make sure every one who listened to him really did have a good day. Sure miss you Paul.

  19. For the better part of the past 10 years in radio broadcasting at WRJW Picayune, MS, the highlight of my broadcasting day was airing Paul Harvey’s The Rest Of The Story. My news director would sit with me in the studio to drink a cup of coffee as we listened to Paul Harvey. It was like listening to grandpa telling us a story with an inspirational life lesson to learn at the end. Those are memories that will stay with me forever.
    There were times when we would email Paul with local stories that would be a perfect fit for the Dumb Criminal Of The Day segment. Before Paul would air it, he was sure to give our station an email to let us know when he would air it. He was so considerate and friendly with us.
    When he died, I was in shock and wasn’t shy to shed a tear for the man. His interpretation and delivery of his speeches as well as his news stories were instrumental in helping me develop my own personal news style while on the radio.
    Mr. Harvey, I miss you man! I’m Roy Bunales . . . Good day!

  20. Young or old, Paul Harvey could capture your attention instantly. With “The Rest of the Story” his tone and content was riveting, right to the very end when his famous twists would usually have you passing on this new info at the water cooler.
    This was a very nice tribute to a greatly respected broadcaster.


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