Sunday, May 04, 2008


Real first name: Lynne. The First Lady of Radio. Wife of broadcaster Paul Harvey. Died Saturday of leukemia in River Forest, Ill. Radio and Records reports:
An official statement from the Harvey family said, "A director, writer and editor, she was the creative and administrative heartbeat behind the number-one-rated 'Paul Harvey News and Comment,' which reaches tens of millions of listeners." ...

Lynne's influence can be felt in many of the ways Americans consume electronic news media today. Her news related innovations include the concept of news features within hard-news broadcasts, humorous "kicker" stories, which became a Paul Harvey trademark, and news broadcasts at 10:00 p.m. to take better advantage of adults' leisure time. In television she created "Dilemma," a program which became a prototype for today's talk-show genre and "Paul Harvey Comments," a nationally syndicated show that aired five days a week for 20 years.
She was born in St. Louis, educated at Washington University. She met Paul Harvey when she worked at KXOK; they married in 1940.

He has lost his Angel, but their partnership endures. Especially in the program she developed and edited, the one he delivers with idiosyncratic style. It's a short, snappy little program, a story with a twist. She named it "The Rest of the Story." And now you know.

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