The rest of his story...

By Molly Reuter - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - His news segments and stories aired for years across East Texas, and some local radio broadcasters credit their love for radio to Paul Harvey.

His distinctive voice and long pauses attracted listeners across the country. Paul Harvey's career began in 1933 and he remained on the air for more than 70 years.

"He was the voice of radio news, but also when something major was going on in news, you for certain wanted to make sure you tuned into Paul Harvey because you wanted to hear what he had to say," said Garth Maier, the program and news director at KTBB radio.

Maier said he started listening to Harvey when he was a little boy which is what inspired him to get into radio.

"In this day in age we have a lot of labels: conservative, liberal, democrat, republican; he was very non-polarizing," said Maier. Even the way he opened his newscasts, 'Hello Americans,' put everybody in the same kettle."

Along with news KYKS's program director Danny Merrell said Harvey was a great story teller, as seen in his segment entitled The Rest of the Story.

"Just his way of using reflection, using pauses, using phrases, he would bring you into the story and I think that's what so captivating about him, said Merrell.

Monday night KTBB is airing a special tribute for Harvey. Which includes comments from listeners like these:

"I can remember as a child growing up, it was chiseled in stone that you didn't talk when Paul was on the radio."

"When I was an activity director, I used to read Paul Harvey's, The Rest of the Story. They loved the surprise ending, especially the one about Shorty the Squirrel that's buried out on the Tyler square."

"He will be greatly missed because I don't think anyone can fill his shoes."

And Maier agrees.

"You know a lot of people talk about Rush Limbaugh as the pioneer of talk radio," said Maier. "It has to go to Paul Harvey first."

Again, that special tribute for Paul Harvey is Monday at 7 p.m. on KTBB AM 600. In 2005, Harvey received the presidential medal of freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.