With ‘Morning Monarch’ Bob Conners and Paul ‘The Rest of the Story’ Harvey, listening to 610 WTVN in the morning was not a choice, but a happy ritual.
Broadcasters Paul Harvey and Bob Conners died in 2009 and 2014, respectively, at ages 90 and 80. Their voices have traveled throughout our galaxy and beyond, but have long since fallen silent from commercial radio.
Paul Harvey in the 1950s
Out of earshot, out of mind is the routine story in radio, but Harvey and BC were strangers to routine. They were both exceptional professionals who shared millions of breakfast tables and morning commutes with folks from all walks of life. They weren’t talents to forget.
Years after they signed off, from time to time I still have a strange experience. In my truck, in the shower, or out in the yard, I’ll notice 830 is approaching and for a second expect to hear Conners’ familiar voice on 610 WTVN AM Columbus, introducing Harvey’s first take on a new new day from his Chicago studio.
Columbus still has great talent on weekday mornings in Joel Reilly, another laid-back, well informed, easy to like radio personality. But we will always miss BC, and the world will always miss Paul Harvey.
For me any many others, 830 is now something that happens twice, every day, but is no longer a Capital H Highlight of weekday mornings.
There are no anniversaries being marked today. No birthdays that I know of in the WTVN family. No timely reason to write about two of my all-time radio favorites. I just didn’t want the 830 flashback I had yesterday to go unnoticed.
Thanks for the memories, gentlemen. Is it true there is no “dead air” in heaven and no “hard breaks” to muck up interviews?