Lynne “Angel” Harvey

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Lynne Harvey (Cooper)

Also Known As: "Lynne “Angel” Harvey", "Lynne Cooper Harvey", "Angel Harvey", "Angel Cooper"
Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Saint Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Death: May 3, 2008 (91)
River Forest, Cook County, Illinois, United States (leukemia)
Place of Burial: Forest Park, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Alonzo Presley Cooper and Metta Jane Cooper
Wife of Paul Harvey
Mother of Paul Harvey Jr.
Sister of Henrietta Wade; Robert Kehr Cooper; Susan G Cooper; Ida E Cooper; Mattie Estelle Cooper and 1 other

Occupation: Broadcasting Producer
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About Lynne “Angel” Harvey

Lynne "Angel" (née Cooper) Harvey (1916 – 3 May 2008) was the radio producer for The Rest of the Story, and the first producer to enter the Radio Hall of Fame. Dubbed the "First Lady of Radio," Harvey's sixty year career in radio transformed American radio and television news format.

Harvey was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA and MA in English. Harvey was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Washington University and was a former schoolteacher. In 1939, she went to work for KXOK. There she met her future husband Paul Harvey. Paul Harvey invited her to dinner, proposed to her after a few minutes of conversation and from then on called her "Angel," even on his radio show. The two were married in 1940, and moved to WKZO in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1941. The couple moved to Chicago in 1945.

In 1997, Lynne Harvey was the first producer ever inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, and had developed some of her husband's best-known features, such as "The Rest of the Story." While working on her husband's radio show, she established 10 p.m. as the hour in which news is broadcast. She was the first woman to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Chicago chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. She worked in television also, and created a television show called Dilemma which is acknowledged as the prototype of the modern talk show genre. While working at CBS, she was among the first women to produce an entire newscast. In later years, she was best known as a philanthropist.

Later life and death

On May 17, 2007, Harvey told his radio audience that Angel had contracted leukemia. Her death, at the age of 92, was announced by ABC radio on May 3, 2008. When she died at their River Forest home, the Chicago Sun-Times described her as, "More than his astute business partner and producer, she also was a pioneer for women in radio and an influential figure in her own right for decades." According to the founder of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, Bruce DuMont, "She was to Paul Harvey what Colonel Parker was to Elvis Presley. She really put him on track to have the phenomenal career that his career has been."

Broadcasting Producer. Generally recognized as "The First Lady of Radio," she was the long-time producer of ABC Radio's "Paul Harvey News," and in 1997 became the first producer ever to be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. Born Lynee Cooper in St. Louis, Missouri, she was a graduate of Washington University there. Early in her career, while with a CBS affiliate, she became one of the nation's first women to run an entire daily broadcast, from 4 p.m. to midnight, which included everything from announcing state and local news to spinning records. She joined Paul Harvey both personally and professionally in 1940; after their move to Chicago in the mid 1940s it was her idea to air his news broadcasts at 10 p.m which increased his listening audience and became the standard time for evening news. In addition to producing "Paul Harvey News" for some 40 years, she was developer, producer, director, editor and writer of many pioneering programs including "The Rest of the Story," "Paul Harvey Comments" and "Dilemma," a television show that would become a prototype for today's modern talk show genre. Her impact on both radio and television was further recognized with the award of the 2006 Gracie Allen Tribute Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. She was also an inaugural inductee of the St. Louis Media Halls of Fame. Died of leukemia in River Forest, Illinois. (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46555840" target="_blank Fred Beisser)]

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Lynne “Angel” Harvey's Timeline

October 4, 1916
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Age 31
May 3, 2008
Age 91
River Forest, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Forest Park, Cook County, Illinois, United States