07/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Good Day! New Book On Paul Harvey Released

One of my earliest memories as a child was trying to understand what a Watergate was (it was something bad) and why an auto company, Ford, had its own administration and what that "Ford administration" was anyway. While most kids were playing with their model airplanes, I was thinking about politics and absorbing the news and a great deal of that was because every morning at 7:20, my Mother made sure that we had a steady diet of Paul Harvey's daily news and commentary and by the time he said "good day!" we were up on what he thought we needed to know that day.

Before Ronald Reagan grabbed the title for himself, Harvey was the original Great Communicator, and a new book by author and researcher Paul Batura titled "Good Day!" takes a closer look at Havey's life.

For some reason he is sometimes labeled a conservative, but as longtime listeners can attest, he was hardly that, but rather something of a centrist who combined fiscal conservatism with social liberalism with political and cultural views that seemed to have come of age in the '70's and adjusted little since then.

Batura's work on Harvey is an interesting read and I learned new things about the famed broadcaster that I didn't know, before I passed it on to one of his most loyal fans: my Mother.