Paying Homage to Chicagoan, Paul Harvey, Sr.
"The Rest of the Story" was a radio segment on Chicagoan Paul Harvey Aurandt's (Paul Harvey) daily news program." Harvey began broadcasting the show" in 1976, and it quickly became a favorite among his listeners. The segment featured anecdotal descriptions of the lives of famous people, with the person's identity revealed at the end. Harvey's signature sign-off was "And that's the rest of the story."

The show broadcasted to over 25 million listeners on 1,600 radio stations across the country from the Chicago studios. Harvey lived and worked for most of his career in Chicago, where his show was produced and broadcast from Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive studios.

The program originated at ABC-owned WENR-TV, (Lic. September 17, 1948), channels 24 UHF; 44 digital, in Chicago.

Harvey's network television debut came on November 16, 1952, when he began a 15-minute newscast on ABC from WENR-TV in Chicago. "The Rest of the Story" featured stories with surprising endings or odd facts, and some key elements were held back until the end.

Later, Harvey began to host a separate television program under the same name in which he provided backstories of famous people and events.

In 1976, a new program spun off "The Rest of the Story," whose brief biographical narratives were written by the Harveys' only child, Paul Harvey Aurandt, Jr. 
President George W. Bush awarded Paul Harvey, Sr., the
Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

"The Rest of the Story" continued broadcasting until Paul Harvey's passing at 90 on February 28, 2009. 

Doug Limerick hosted ABC's "The Rest of the Story" for three weeks, from March 8─29, 2009. The show was pulled after his short-lived tenure as host. It turns out that there is no substitute for Paul Harvey.

By Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.