Other shows cut off their nose to spite their own face in much of the panicked rushing around desperate to check the best box from the options listed when picturing their audience and their P1s—rather than utilizing Rush Limbaugh’s approach of making a new demographic that encompasses everything and everyone. No limited multiple choice confines and always includes the loyal audience’s best interest in mind, eliminating imposed pressures, unreasonable expectations on his audience as they tuned in from offices all over the country.
Rush chose to pave the way for a show that made room for all—inclusive to listeners of all ages, political affiliations, genders, ethnicities, and when paired with his history making midday time slot, the sky was the limit for El Rushbo.
Former President Donald Trump took the time to join Sean Hannity last night and weighed in on the kind of human being Rush was, his decision to honor Rush during his presidency and if nothing else, listening to or watching one of these exchanges would be significant to your understanding of the potential future for the broadcast industry—radio, in particular, and save yourself the time in locating Hannity speaking with Trump about his familiarity with syndicated radio and now, syndicated news talk radio, suggesting that the next stop on his tour may be pursuing a career behind the microphone.
“You would ask, ‘why are radio numbers so massive?’ I knew you knew radio, but you were surprised, there wasn’t this competitive thing going on. And I said, ‘There’s no competition. There’s nobody in his league.’” Hannity said to President Trump about the dynamic that allowed Rush to effortlessly dominate the format and daypart for three decades.
“You’re right, I mean radio’s big stuff and he made it that way. He was the king. By the way, congratulations, I looked at some numbers and you do real well on the radio, but you’d be the first one to say that he was there first.” Trump replied.
“He was there first and he was a brilliant guy. He could do things that a lot of people couldn’t do. He could just talk for three hours, no phone calls, no anything—just talk, and everybody found it spellbinding,” Trump said about Rush Limbaugh’s presence on the airwaves.
“The loyalty of his audience was just incredible. It was staggering. Nobody had seen anything quite like it.” Trump said as the interview reached its conclusion.
“I know you said that in the months ahead that you have a lot that you want to tell us… I have a funny feeling that we’re going to hear a lot more from Donald Trump. Are my instincts correct?” Hannity closed the interview with the question that had been building.
“Well there’s a lot to talk about and our country is a great place and we’re going to make it even greater as the expression goes. And there’s a lot to talk about. But, today is all about Rush—don’t you think? And what he left behind. He’ll never be forgotten. His impact will never be forgotten.”
Trump remained tight lipped to Hannity about the future plans and intimated the potential intersection of the contents discussed in this interview.
It’s been troubling to see the trending hashtags paired with the passing of a radio titan and innovator, truth be told, these recycled posts on social media are laughable when considering the fact they’re admitting to being uneducated about Rush and his program in one sentence and in the next they are regurgitating the first seemingly divisive topic that their search engine could arm them with. In a way, that really highlighted a huge win that Rush managed to secure even in the face of the volatile political landscape. Needless to say, as many cited concerns they had about the kind of content associated with Rush’s program, many landed on similar points of shared contention…dating all the way back to the Clinton administration. All in all, the cancel-culture force was out in full force to ensure they could drive home what a menace to society Rush Limbaugh has been in his career—but they failed miserably because Rush has proven he cannot and will not be cancelled. Look at the facts.
If within hours of his passing and minutes of official news outlets reporting the tragic news, you feel it necessary to go full-on snowflake…refusing to reply to any fact checks done by the loyal EIB audience and media, while still refusing to listen to his program…you simply won’t be able to provide an accurate or reliable account of the content or character and tone of the show. Therefore, your irrational anger is bubbling at the surface and I’d say, your argument collapsed on itself. Rush isn’t holding it against you, that’s what makes the bandwagon outrage and #restinpiss threads even more ineffectual and potentially dangerous.
While I understand the program simply cannot resonate with every single individual, there is a human being who has shared his gift, found a way to invest in the industry he loved, and in doing so, saved and created jobs within the AM radio frequencies that without Rush’s methodology, could have been wiped off the map entirely.
I believe human beings and those who share this kind of love for radio, could find a way to locate the basic human empathy and respect for patriotic excellence as tens of millions mourn the loss of a beloved husband, friend, legend and recipient of The Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The beautiful memories and messages shared about listening to Rush as a child and how it became what was the catalyst for the pursuit of success have been incredibly refreshing to see. The nasty comments are unavoidable, however there is a lot of history to consider before jumping to attack on Rush—he always prevails in the face of criticism, he will always be the first person to effectively beat and thrive amid the cancel culture society…a mentality that is even more vitriolic than ever as so many people are fixated on instant gratification that goes hand in hand with hours of attempted viral mudslinging in the direction of the proverbial wall of social media.
The cancel culture that reignited a fire for Rush Limbaugh where he fought against moral and ethical repugnance while in a battle with stage IV cancer, and Rush won. Rush Limbaugh went toe to toe and his victory over the looming threats of cancel culture are woven into his legacy—bookended by his bravery and conquering spirit. Heroes get remembered, legends never die—as both a hero and legend, Rush Limbaugh’s presence will feel palpable to many. There’s one thing that cannot be argued; Rush kicked cancel-culture’s ass and that is amazing, poetic and undoubtedly a display of the strength and moral compass inside him.
Chrissy Paradis is a BNM columnist and veteran sports radio producer. She’s worked in Las Vegas, Washington DC, Raleigh and Hartford helping personalities such as Rob Dibble, Tim Brando, Steve Cofield, Adam Gold and Joe Ovies. You can contact her on Twitter @ChrissyParadis or by email at Chrissy.Paradis@gmail.com.
Jay Weber: Media ‘Covering’ For Biden, Democrats On Border Crisis
“Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”
Many conservative commentators have maligned the interview President Joe Biden conducted with Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes last Sunday, and have claimed he got a “pass” on the nation’s southern border. 1130 WISN host Jay Weber can be added to that list.
“Trust me, if a Republican was president, dozens of terrorists roaming America because of the president — intentionally — reopened the borders, it would be a huge deal and a relentless obsession by the news media,” Weber said. “Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”
Weber pointed out a perceived hypocrisy in liberal circles, as many have claimed Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is guilty of kidnapping after sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA, but are ok allowing the southern border to remain open.
He continued by pointing out the southern border’s role in national security, saying it took only 13 people to attack America on 9/11.
Dan Mandis: There’s A Reason Greg Gutfeld Is Winning Late-Night Competition
“There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert.”
After playing a recent clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Mandis said it was the chief reason why network shows are losing to Gutfeld. In the clip, Colbert’s audience cheers when the host brings up a Texas sheriff opening an investigation into the actions of Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for shipping illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Colbert called DeSantis “a body builder who skips head day” in his monologue, and Mandis found the comments offensive. He claimed shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX should be a place for all viewers, not just members of the “progressive left”.
“To me, Colbert’s show should be on CNN or MSNBC to cater to the left,” Mandis said. “But again, he’s on the network where he should be welcoming for all. There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Isn’t Gutfeld blowing off half of America?’ Perhaps, but he’s on Fox News, where people know what they’re going to get.”
Mandis then pointed out the difference in Gutfeld’s approach compared to Colbert’s, saying Gutfeld’s panel approach is easier to digest than Colbert’s solo monologue followed by celebrity interviews.
Will Dahlberg New GM For WBHM
“I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities.”
WBHM, the news/talk station owned by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has named Will Dahlberg as its new Executive Director and General Manager.
“Working at WBHM for the past decade has been the highlight of my professional career, and I am honored to serve as executive director,” Dahlberg said. “I appreciate the search committee’s confidence in my abilities to lead this amazing station and the talented and diverse team that works hard to serve our community. I am so grateful to the amazing WBHM team for their time, support and patience during my time as interim and throughout this search. I am also grateful to the many people at UAB who continue to support WBHM’s important mission.”
He also added how important WBHM has been, and will continue to be to the greater Birmingham communitiy.
“WBHM has done an excellent job as a public radio station since 1976, but it is important that we continue to strive to do more,” Dahlberg continued. “I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities. As Birmingham evolves, so should its public radio station, and I can’t wait for us to do that together.”
Dahlberg has previously worked as the Deputy Director and Membership Manager for the station. He has been the interim executive director since mid-2021.
“Will has more than a decade of experience at WBHM in a range of roles, including 15 months as interim executive director, and his passion for public radio and the people it serves is evident in everything he does,” said UAB Chief Communications Officer Jim Bakken. “WBHM provides an invaluable service to the Birmingham community and beyond, and Will’s commitment and vision will lead the station in delivering on its mission.”
Garrett Searight is the Editor of Barrett Sports Media and Barrett News Media. He previously was the Program Director and Afternoon Co-Host on 93.1 The Fan in Lima, OH. He is also a play-by-play announcer for TV and Radio broadcasts in Western Ohio.