By Mike Bruno
Updated March 01, 2009 at 08:36 AM EST

Legendary radio commentator Paul Harvey died today at a hospital in Phoenix. He was 90. Known for his distinct staccato delivery,dramatic pauses, and folksy intonations, Harvey’s broadcasts were heard on over 1,200 radio stations and 400Armed Forces networks and his commentary appeared in 300 newspapers,according to his website. He had been hosting his radio shows on a part-time basis for most of the past year, during which he suffered various illnesses as well as the death of his wife Lynne “Angel” Harvey. Paul Harvey’s seven-decade broadcasting career includes more than 50 years working for ABC Radio.

“Even after the passing of his loving wife Angel in May 2008, Paul wouldnot slip quietly into retirement as he continued to take the microphoneand reach out to his audience,” ABC Radio Networks president Jim Robinson said via a statement. “We will miss our dear friendtremendously and are grateful for the many years we were so fortunateto have known him.”