Paul Harvey Research
13 November, 2007
“The Secret of Success” Paul Harvey
Every individual who makes a significant impact in our society can attribute their success to a combination of certain “secrets.” Radio legend, Paul Harvey, is no exception to this path to success. From starting as a high school clean up boy for a small radio station in Tulsa to becoming one of the most well known radio personalities in the world, there is no secret of his career’s success. Proclaiming to be raised in radio newsrooms it seems that his success was easily achieved, but there are many aspects to Paul Harvey that have allowed him to be the most well-known newsman in the world.
There are many characteristics that contributed to making Paul Harvey successful. His individualized segued messages, which were drawn from his monologues and his commercials, were a large part of his success. He paid close attention to how he presented his stories to his diverse listening audience. Harvey’s distinctive style of theatrical pauses and unique intonations are also noticeable characteristics that have donated to his accomplishments.
Paul Harvey Aurandt was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 4, 1918. Most people know him as Paul Harvey maybe because his real last name is particularly difficult to pronounce. At the early age of three, Harry H. Aurandt, Harvey’s father, was murdered. Mr. Aurandt worked for the Tulsa Police Department. While he was off duty he found a stolen vehicle during a hunting trip with a friend and was killed during the incident (Wikipedia, 3). It is possible for an individual, like Paul Harvey, to build strength and motivation to succeed from dealing with tragic situations from childhood. In 1933 he started working at KVOO in Tulsa, where he cleaned and sometimes filled in on live radio, reading news and commercials. He continued working as an announcer at KVOO while in college at University of Tulsa, and later became a program director. Harvey...