Paul Harvey, a Chicago radio man whose melodious voice and hearty “Hello, America” were cherished by millions for more than 57 years on national broadcasts that were an entrancing mix of news, storytelling and gently persuasive salesmanship, died Saturday. He was 90.
Called “the voice of Middle America” and “the voice of the Silent Majority” by the media for his flag-waving conservatism, Harvey died surrounded by family in a Phoenix hospital. The cause of death was not immediately available.
“Paul Harvey was the most listened to man in the history of radio,” said Bruce DuMont, president of the Museum of Broadcast Communications. “There is no one who will ever come close to him.”