Talk radio will not be the same ever friends not after the last 30 years of Rush Limbaugh, and if you’re a DemocRAT he’s a name, and has been a thorn sticking at the heart of Liberals since I could remember both on radio, and tv. Todaa we mourn his passing away but we cannot forget him or what we all have learned from him, and the talent he had to explain things. He left his wife, Kathryn who announced on his show Wednesday morning his passing. Rush who succumbed to his battle with lung cancer at the age of 70 after getting his Stage 4 diagnosis in January 2020. This is the same battle I lost my mother to on March 7th 2016 so I know what he went through in his final days from having seen it with my own eyes, and my heart breaks for him, and his family.
Known to his fans as the great “El Rushbo” I remember listening to him as a kid, and asking why this crazy guy was going after Bill Clinton and the Democrats so hard, and as it turned out years later as I got older I understood, and in the last decade he had become a personal hero. His “Rush Limbaugh Show” was nationally syndicated in 1988 and at that moment began to reshape the Republican Party and the conservative movement and he really honestly was a conservative/Republican pioneer in the radio industry, leading the way to get right wing issues and voices heard around the nation. A tireless hard worker for the Right, and a nightmare for the libtards monolith of the broadcast networks and the stranglehold Democrats had on the public airways, and a great friend of Donald Trump. Rush had such a love for country that it earned him the the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump during the State of the Union Address in 2020, shortly after he received his cancer diagnosis.
The launch of the show came the year after the FCC repealed the Fairness Doctrine that required equal time for both sides of political arguments. The repeal gave Limbaugh the opportunity to make the conservative case on political issues without the fear of the federal government cracking down on him for being one-sided since again there was not much on air when it came to the kind of show he did back in the late 80’s through the 90’s. Before the Glenn Becks, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson of the world for than three decades, he would take to the “golden EIB microphone” and make his best case to the country for conservative principles and advocate on behalf of elected GOP officials and up-and-coming Republican politicians.
The syndicated show began on just over 50 radio stations, but spread like wildfire. It became the most listened to radio show in the U.S. and was picked up by more than 600 stations. According to his website, Limbaugh’s show boasted some 27 million weekly listeners. My old producer, and friend Keith Rowland who also worked with Art Bell was there from early on with Rush, and he worked with Art later on due to his ties with Rush.
Limbaugh was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993 and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998. “Rush Limbaugh: Thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country,” Trump declared during the address where he gave him his Presidential Medal of Freedom. But the fact is we all should thank Rush for he did open the eyes of a lot of people in this country to the real evil, and corruption in this country coming from the radical movements which we’re now all full witnesses too.
Fox News noted that on his final broadcast, Limbaugh revealed that he had outlived his prognosis. “I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said, Fox News reported. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.” Goodbye old friend…