Paul Harvey

American broadcaster (1918-2009)

Paul Harvey Aurandt (4 September 191828 February 2009) was an American radio broadcaster, known for his idiosyncratic delivery of news stories with dramatic pauses, quirky intonations, and many of his standard lead-ins and sign offs.

And now you know — the rest of the story.


  • I’m not nearly so anxious about the lousy Communists as I am about lazy Americans.
    • “Paul Harvey finds more satisfaction in life after Baptism”, Tulsa Daily World, March 29, 1973
  • In times like these, it's helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.
    • As quoted in Respectful Treatment : The Human Side of Medical Care (1977) by Martin R. Lipp; also in Wisdom for the Soul : Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing (2006) by Larry Chang, p. 271.
  • 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.
  • This is the highest honor I have received since 60-some years ago, when Angel said "I do."
  • Tomorrows forecast for Afghanistan cloudy and ten thousand degrees. September 12, 2001

Regular tag lines

Regular expressions used on his radio programs

Standard sign ons and sign offs:

  • Hello, Americans, This is Paul Harvey. Standby for news.
  • Good morning Americans ...
  • Page Two ...
  • And now … Page Three
  • Page Four ...
  • Join me later today for this "Rest of the Story" story … over this ABC Radio Network station.
  • 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.
  • Paul Harvey … Good Day!

Describing news stories:

  • Just what not why...
  • It's not one world.
  • Not all that we call progress is progress.
  • 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 ...

Introducing personal reflections or items related to broadcasting:

  • And now … over my shoulder a backward glance ...
  • Shop talk ...


  • Man—despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments—owes his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.

Quotes about Harvey

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