March 1, 2009
Posted: 03:01 PM ET
Tonight we're replaying Larry's 2003 interview with Paul Harvey. I was fortunate enough to produce that show, and meet Mr. Harvey in the process. We spent a day with him in Chicago. It was a special day.
It began long before I'm used to starting my day. I'm not a morning person, and when I walked into Mr. Harvey's studios I was blurry eyed and just not with it. I can't recall if it was 5 or 6 a.m., but I didn't think there was enough coffee in Chicago to wake me up. We were sitting in a conference room when I head a booming, and very familiar voice say "Good Morning Americans." Needless to say, that woke me up.
Mr. Harvey was wearing a shirt and tie, and a baby blue light jacket with the old ABC logo on it. I think the jacket was older than me. I learned later Mr. Harvey wore that jacket for his early broadcast. He changed for the later broadcast and wore a jacket. Larry has a fun exchange during the show about his attire so I won't go more into that here.
A lot of what we shot that day you'll see on tonight's LKL. What you won't see is how kind and genuine Paul Harvey was to us. Or the sense of family that existed in his Chicago office. Or the true dedication he had to his profession. He was one of a kind. He really did use an old typewriter. He really did love his country. He really was a kind, decent human being who treasured family above all else. He really was an icon and a legend.
Many people will remember Paul Harvey for his soothing voice, and wonderful radio programs. But I will remember Paul Harvey from the day I was lucky enough to spend with him. It was a good day.
- Michael Watts / LKL Supervising Producer
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