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Paul Harvey made it a Good Day

harveyAs you probably have guessed, I'm a radio geek.  That's why I do this job.  When I was a 7-year-old in Chicago listening to the radio, I knew this was the job I wanted.  My hero is a guy named  Larry Lujack who did morning radio.  However, there' s another guy I've always respected.  His name is Paul Harvey. It's not a big surprise.  He's a radio legend who was also based  in Chicago.  He wasn't a rock and roll disc jockey.  He was a "news guy" with a rather unusual delivery.  As you probably heard, he passed away over the weekend. I never met Paul Harvey, but I'm sure I would disagree with most everything he stood for politically.  However, I respected the way he did his job. He was also a morning guy and did his show in a suit and tie every day.  I don't wear a tie, but I certainly don't dress sloppy.  He once said something along the lines of needing every edge when you do radio and one of them is dressing properly.  I totally agree.  That's why if you ever come to my studio, you'll never see me in a baseball cap or sweatshirt. More important than fashion was the way Harvey delivered his stories.  He was a master of pauses.  This is one of the most difficult things to do not only in radio, but in regular conversation.   If you do it right, it can be even better than the things you are saying.  Sports talk show host Jim Rome is great at it and so is Rush Limbaugh.  (I don't support anything Rush says I just think he's great at radio.  Sometimes too good and that could be dangerous, but that's for another blog another day.) Harvey was also a master of advertising.  He would do ads for various products and you wouldn't even realize he was selling you something until he was about half way through the ad. Perhaps my favorite skill was the way he delivered his "Rest of the Story" segment.  This would be a story that would have a twist ending.  A classic is the story of the 13-year-old boy who receives a cash gift from Franklin Roosevelt.  The little boy turned out to be Fidel Castro.  The way Harvey delivered "The Rest of the Story" was amazing.  You would be hanging on every word.  Whether you agreed with him politically, you have to agree that's great radio.

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