On Saturday, February 28 2009, at 90 years of age, the life-narrative of noted radio personality Paul Harvey came to a end. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Harvey began his radio career while still in high school in 1933 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at KVOO-AM. In June 1944 Harvey moved to Chicago and began broadcasting from the ABC affiliate WENR-AM. He quickly became the most listened-to newscaster in Chicago. In 1951 his “News and Comment” show was taken nationally.
Harvey delivered the 1961 commencement address, titled “All men are not created equal.” He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.
Joe Cosgrove (’54) had many interactions throughout his career in radio and public relations. Having been first “introduced” to Harvey when he first came to college, Cosgrove valued Harvey’s reputation and skill. Cosgrove often served as a “stringer” for Harvey sending along news stories that he though might interest Harvey. He recounted, recently, that he “will never forget the day [he] was in the car with the head of an Orange County advertising agency headed toward a luncheon meeting in the city with one of her major accounts. The car radio was tuned to KABC; and, when Paul Harvey opened his daily 15-minute midday newscast with ‘Joe Cosgrove of Irvine, California reports that ….’ My associate took a double-take and said, ‘You know Paul Harvey?'” It immediately established his credibility with his new client.
Paul Harvey, “Good day.”