[February 18, 2021] Rush Limbaugh, the self-proclaimed “doctor of democracy,” passed away yesterday at 70. “Rush,” as he is affectionately known to his listening audience, can never be replaced, period. No one is like him anywhere on the entertainment or political spectrum.
Clearly, without Rush, the political landscape over the past three decades would be different. Rush was one of the premier voices of the conservative movement in the U.S. One thing that can be said about the man was that he spoke openly about his deep beliefs in freedom, his compassion for the United States and God, and his desire to convert liberals into thinking people.
His AM radio show, The Rush Limbaugh Show, was the most popular in the U.S. You can go to his website at www.rushlimbaugh.com to read more for yourself. At the time of this writing, the website struggles to handle the increased traffic of his loyal listeners, wishing him farewell and Godspeed.
Listening on WOR AM 710 Radio.
I began listening to Rush in 1988, the year his show was syndicated nationally. I could not figure out why I was attracted to his broadcasts, but, if anything, he was entertaining and was able to put complex issues into easy-to-understand language. I rarely got a chance to hear a full show because of my job, but he motivated me to be a better person, more pragmatic and hardworking, and to appreciate conservative values.
When I moved to New York City in 2010, I began listening to his show on WOR AM 710 out of the Big Apple – New York City. When I moved to New Jersey, I use iHeart radio over the Internet to hear him on WOR, his official flagship station.
The Babe Ruth of talk radio.
“There are many other fine conservative radio hosts, but Rush stands apart. He was the Babe Ruth and Tom Brady of talk radio.” – Steven Hayward of PowerlineBlog
Rush’s fans are in the tens of millions. His show, according to Talkers Magazine, estimated that his cumulative weekly audience was 15.5 million listeners. Rush also wrote seven books, at least three making it to the New York Times Best Seller list. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Last year, Rush received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Talent on loan from God.
Note that I have referred to him as Rush, not Mr. Limbaugh or Rush Limbaugh. This says a lot about the man. I couldn’t have said it better than he did. He possessed “talent on loan from God.” That loan has now been repaid. RIP.