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#Radio100 Moment 88: ABC Radio Network Debuts Paul Harvey News and Comment (April 1, 1951)
April 1, 1951

Moment 88: ABC Radio Network Debuts Paul Harvey News and Comment

Paul Harvey was an internationally known radio broadcaster for ABC Radio Networks. As a child, he used to make radio receivers and worked at KVOO as a college student. On April 1, 1951, Harvey’s show “Paul Harvey News and Comment” debuted on the ABC Radio Network. The show was so well received in Chicago that ABC nationally syndicated the show in 1951 itself. Harvey’s broadcasts consisted of five minutes in the morning and fifteen minutes at midday six days a week. Broadcasts began with “Hello, Americans! This is Paul Harvey! Stand by for news!” and ended with “Paul Harvey. [long pause] Good day!” The show included a mix of news briefs, celebrity updates, commentary and humor.

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