Paul Harvey dies at 90


Paul Harvey, being presented with a medal by some guy.

Crackly monophonics never sounded so good as when Paul Harvey was behind the microphone.

Over a career weighing in at an excess of 70 years, Harvey is among the very last of radio's golden age, an age of uncommon closeness between host and listener, and sponsor and host. And at the age of 90, just a year after the death of his wife, Paul Harvey is headed to the studio in the sky.

Paul Harvey, interviewed by Jimmy Carter in 2007.

Harvey might best be known to Gimme Noise's target market as a wizened voice, hawking adjustable beds, top flight headphones and vitamin supplements during brief interludes in the broadcasting day.

And, fairly, that's what Harvey was. But between his news hour, which was an early model of embedded advertising, and his seminal The Rest of the Story, which took an inventive, roundabout approach to historic storytelling, Harvey was a functioning prototype from radio's golden age and the voice of radio for four generations of listeners.

For the last few years, Harvey has outsourced much of his daily work to his son, Paul Jr., as Harvey's health failed, making him increasingly unable to meet the daily demands of national syndication. The death of his wife in 2008 further cramped Harvey's getalong, and on Saturday night, Paul Harvey passed away of causes not made immediately known.

Read ABC's heartfelt obituary for Harvey here.