In 1988 a brash, highly opinionated and exceptionally talented broadcaster burst onto the national scene and changed the face of radio in America. For over a decade AM radio had been struggling mightily to find its niche and most of these stations were having great difficulty just turning a profit. Rush Limbaugh would change all of that. In fact, Rush has been credited by many with saving AM radio.
I recall the first time I heard Rush in the fall of 1988. Our local talk station in Providence WPRO picked up the show but aired it on weekends only. I had been captivated by talk radio since the mid-1960s when I began listening at the age of 14. In those days virtually all of the shows were local and the hosts talked about a mix of local and national issues. But I quickly discovered that Rush Limbaugh was taking the idea of talk radio to a whole other level. Rush was witty and passionate, very well-informed and had a certain edge. His show was unlike anything I had ever heard before. Within a couple of months WPRO dumped the local midday host and replaced him with Rush Limbaugh. The same thing happened in cities and towns all over the country and within a year Rush Limbaugh became a household name. Over the next couple of years 400 to 500 stations jumped on the Rush bandwagon and suddenly Rush Limbaugh had a national audience that numbered in the millions. Ordinary folk all over the country were singing his praises and applauding him for his conservative point of view. Liberals simply did not know what to make of this guy.
Well, Rush Limbaugh has been on the air for more than two decades now and the show remains incredibly successful. These days the program airs on nearly 600 radio stations. Progressives despise Rush and make him the target of their venom all the time. Just how do you account for his continued popularity? Well, for one thing Rush Limbaugh remains the most entertaining personality on the radio. No one else comes even close. My favorite part of the show, which occurs several time a week, is when Rush plays a "montage" of sound bites from people in the mainstream media who parrot practically word for word the Democratic talking points for that day. Very effective and very funny! Rush seems to know which hot buttons to push to elicit a response from his political enemies and this makes for very entertaining radio. As to the issues I agree with most of what Rush has to say. However, I do part company with Rush on many environmental issues. The fact of the matter is that for years liberals have desperately tried and failed to create their own version of Rush. The liberal "Air America" network was a huge flop and meanwhile very few local liberal talk shows are successful.
I still listen to Rush Limbaugh several days a week. He remains head and shoulders above the competition. Yes, he annoys me sometimes with his arrogance but Rush's show still makes me laugh out loud several times every day. And I still enjoy the political parodies created by Paul Shanklin which have been a staple on Rush's program from the very beginning. It seems that each day I learn something new and am entertained at the same time. Rush makes my work day go by faster! Highly recommended!
Rush Limbaugh is nothing more than an oxycodone-guzzling windbag with a radio slot and uses it just to annoy and offend people. Now I'm not one of these guys pushing for political correctness in entertainment (I despise PC enterertainment a lot), but the fact that Rush isn't the least bit entertaining is what turns a potentially amusing conservative media personality into an annoying, sanctimonious windbag stirring up the pot. If I want to listen … more
The Republican's biggest cheerleader for ANYTHING they do. Republicans could call for executing the illeagals in mass graves and he'd be for it if they said it. At least he has a nice voice for the radio.
Our favorite neo-con, Rush Limbaugh says he's leaving the country-not! I'm sure that got the attention of millions of Americans-and then some. ( Just last year, he threatened to leave New York if he had to pay more taxes. ) Why doesn't he ever act on his so-called threats? This story seems to have taken a life of its own and morphed into something that has been taken so out of context. Not that I’m a fan of Limbaugh but it started off as … more
I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on amazon.com. I never could … more
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Rush Hudson Limbaugh III, born January 12, 1951, is an American radio host and conservative political commentator. Limbaugh is the host of The Rush Limbaugh Show, a nationally-syndicated talk-radio show that airs throughout the United States on Premiere Radio Networks.
Limbaugh has been credited with reviving AM radio in the United States, and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993. The National Review magazine, in a 1993 cover story, called him "The Leader of the Opposition" during the Clinton administration. He is a bestselling author, with two titles on the New York Times Best Seller list in the 1990s.
Limbaugh's radio show airs weekdays for three hours daily, beginning at 12 noon Eastern time in the U.S. It also is carried worldwide over the Armed Forces Radio Network, and in some markets is carried on FM stations.
Radio broadcasting shifted from AM to FM in the late '70s because of the opportunity to broadcast music in stereo in FM, with better range and musical fidelity. Limbaugh's show was first nationally syndicated in August 1988, in a later stage of AM's decline. Limbaugh's popularity paved the way for other conservative talk radio programming to become commonplace on the AM radio. As of 2006[update], Arbitron ratings indicated that The Rush Limbaugh Show had a minimum weekly audience of 13.5 million listeners, making it the largest radio talk show audience in the United States. In March 2006, WBAL in Baltimore, MD became the first radio ...