Paul Harvey

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Paul Harvey (born Paul Harvey Aurandt, 4 September 1918) is an American radio broadcaster.

On Air

Sign on/off

  • Hello, Americans, This is Paul Harvey. Standby for news.
  • Hello, Americans, This is Paul Harvey. Standby for news...and I mean good news, starting with Walgreens!
(an example of his ability to segue, 26 August 2008)
  • Good morning Americans ...
  • Good morning Americans -- it’s Friday!
  • Hello, Americans, this is Paul Harvey, and this... is... Saturday.
  • Hello Americans, I'm Paul Harvey. You know what the news is -- in a minute, you're going to hear the rest of the story.
  • And now you know -- the rest of the story.
  • Join me later today for this "Rest of the Story" story ... over this ABC Radio Network station.
  • Page Two ...
  • And now ... Page Three
  • Page Four ...
  • When we get together during our noontime visit ...
  • Paul Harvey ... Good Day!
  • (Paul, Jr.) -- "Paul Harvey ... News & Comment. Brought to you by _____________________. Now ... Paul Harvey News."
  • (Paul, Jr.) -- "Paul Harvey News & Comment. This program came to you from Chicago. This is the ABC Radio Network"
  • Good Day!

Describing news stories

  • Just what not why...
  • It’s not one world.
  • Today’s quote worth requoting...
  • Now wash out your ears with this.
  • Now ... for what it's worth.
  • In USA Today ... today.
  • "In shirt-sleeve English ..."
  • Holy Shamoley ...


  • In times like these, it's helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.
  • Republicans always pull down the shades though there is seldom a reason. Democrats never pull down the shades though they always should.
  • "I'll tell you what let's do".
  • At Harvey House ...
  • My darling Angel ...
  • Young son Paul ...
  • Allllll right!
  • It's a ... a ... Tru ... Value!
  • You'll love...Jolly Time...popcorn!
  • C ... as in citrus ... Cal as in Calcium ... Cit-ri-cal.
  • Just when you thought it couldn't get better, it got better!
  • Don't settle for anything less than the very best!
  • When pitching a popular product, he is known to say, "People are ordering and re-re-re-ordering..."
  • When announcing a toll-free number, he is known to say "It's a free call!"
  • "Coffee's good for you, coffee's bad for you..." {followed by the latest conflicting medical or science announcement}

"In Kansas City, little Jimmy Adams wanted a firecracker, but it's the wrong time of year. He found an empty metal CO2 canister and packed it full of kitchen matches, the kind that strike anywhere. To make a hole in the side for a fuse, he pounded in a steel nail. (Extended long pause) He was thirteen." {Listener recollection, from about 1962]

"Today's dumb criminal walked up to a bank teller in Swansea, Massachusetts, and demanded cash. When she told him he was at the wrong window, he fainted. Fainted! Then when police arrived to arrest the still-unconscious robber, they also found his getaway car...with the keys locked inside" {from one of his 2001 broadcasts}

  • “Mr. President [Richard Nixon], I love you, but you're wrong. (on the Vietnam War)”
  • “... we sent men with rifles into Afghanistan and Iraq and kept our best weapons in their silos.” (2005 broadcast)
  • “Golf is a game in which you yell "Fore!", shoot six, and write down five ...”
  • “If there is a 50-50 chance that something can go wrong, then 9 times out of ten it will.”

"Proving that gonads are no excuse for brains ..." (2006 broadcast)

Paul on how much his wife "Angel" meant to him, just before receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Nov. 9, 2005: "This is the highest honor I have received since 60-some years ago, when Angel said 'I do,'"

"We sent men with rifles into Afghanistan and Iraq, and we kept our best weapons in their silos. Even now, we're standing there dying, daring to do nothing decisive because we've declared ourselves to be better than our terrorist enemies, more moral, more civilized. Our image is at stake, we insist.

But we didn't come this far because we are made of sugar candy. Once upon a time, we elbowed our way onto and into this continent by giving smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans. Yes, that was biological warfare. And we used every other weapon we could get our hands on, to grab this land from whomever, and we grew prosperous. And yes, we greased the skids with the sweat of slaves.

And so it goes with most great nation-states, which feeling guilty about their savage pasts, eventually civilize themselves out of business, and wind up invaded and ultimately dominated by the lean, hungry, up-and-coming who are not made of sugar candy."
--Harvey, commenting on the state of America's military operations in the Middle East, in a 2005 broadcast.[1]

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