Broadcaster Paul Harvey dies at age 90

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Monday, March 2, 2009

American radio broadcaster Paul Harvey has died at the age of 90. Harvey died while at his home in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, February 28. According to reports, his family and friends were by his side at the time of his death. The cause of Harvey's death has not yet been released.

Paul Harvey receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005

Harvey was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His radio career started in 1933 at KVOO Tulsa, while he was in high school. His initial job was cleaning the station and later went to fill in on air for reading news and commercials. He was best known for his The Rest of the Story program.

Harvey was credited with coining several words on his broadcasts, including Reaganomics and Guesstimate. He was inducted in to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1990 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

In a written statement ABC Radio Networks president Jim Robinson said "Paul Harvey was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation's history. As he delivered the news each day with his own unique style and commentary, his voice became a trusted friend in American households."

Former President George W. Bush in a statement condoled Harvey's death by saying "Laura and I are saddened by the death of Paul Harvey. Paul was a friendly and familiar voice in the lives of millions of Americans. His commentary entertained, enlightened, and informed. Laura and I are pleased to have known this fine man, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."