PUEBLO, Colo. - The legendary ABC radio broadcaster Paul Harvey received the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's 2000 "Tex" McCrary Award for excellence in journalism.
The award was presented to Harvey September 22 at the Medal of Honor Society Patriot Award Dinner, during the Society's 2000 convention in Pueblo, Colo.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is the organization chartered by the U.S. Congress to represent the affairs and concerns of those few Americans who wear the Medal of Honor. Presented by the President of the United States in the Name of the Congress, the Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon any American. Since the medal was established in 1862, it has been awarded to fewer than 3,500 Americans. Today, only 151 recipients of the Medal of Honor survive. More than 100 of these living heroes will gather in Pueblo for the event at which Harvey will be presented the McCrary award. The McCrary Award was established by the Society in 1997.
Paul Harvey often is referred to as "the most listened to man in radio." A champion of patriotism, Paul Harvey began broadcasting on the ABC Radio Networks in 1951 with "Paul Harvey News and Comment." In 1976, he launched the "Rest of the Story," which often provides touching accounts of heroism and love of country. Today, more than 19 million radio listeners tune in to Harvey each week. He airs on more than 1,200 radio stations, and on 400 Armed Forces Network stations heard around the world.
Paul Harvey began his radio career in 1933 at KVOO-AM, Tulsa. Following graduation from the University of Tulsa, Harvey served as a station manager in Salinas, Kan., as a newscaster in Oklahoma City, and as a roving reporter in St. Louis. In 1940, Harvey moved to Hawaii to cover the U.S. Navy as it began to concentrate its fleet in the Pacific. He was returning from that assignment when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Harvey enlisted in the Army Air Corps, where he served until 1944.
Harvey went on to launch the coast-to-coast broadcast of "News and Comment" in the early 1950s on ABC Radio Networks. In the mid-'70s, Harvey began "The Rest of the Story," a series written by his son, Paul Harvey II. Harnessing the words, "Hello, Americans," Harvey's voice and style is recognized by listeners of all ages.
Harvey has received numerous awards, including four "Marconi Awards" from the National Association of Broadcasters.
He was honored at the Medal of Honor Society's 2000 Award Dinner with five other recipients of the Patriot Award. All athletes, the 2000 Patriot Award honorees are: basketball great David "The Admiral" Robinson; boxer Gene Fullmer; golfer Arnold Palmer; hockey player Pat LaFontaine; and baseball veteran Brooks Robinson. World War II cartoonist Bill Mauldin received the Medal of Honor Society's Bob Hope Entertainment Award.
ABC Radio Networks has more than 4,500 affiliate radio stations reaching 120 million people age 12 and over weekly. Along with "Paul Harvey News and Comment" and "The Rest of the Story," ABC broadcasts five full-service News Networks, Radio Disney, ESPN Radio, "The Tom Joyner Morning Show" and "The Doug Banks Morning Show," "American Country Countdown with Bob Kingsley," twelve ABC Radio 24-hour music formats, ABC Sports, and ABC Radio Today's 25 daily and weekly, long and short form, music and talk programs.