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Radio Lost a Legend Who Saved The Industry and Kicked Cancel Culture’s Ass In The Process

Rush Limbaugh found a way to invest in the industry he loved, and in doing so, saved/created jobs within the AM radio frequencies that without Rush’s methodology, could have been wiped off the map entirely.

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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.

How do you think former President Trump would fare in a show host position? Would you listen?

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.

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Minnesota Public Radio Cancels Award-Winning Podcast

APM Reports investigative podcast “In the Dark” cancellation might come as a surprise, considering it received several accolades, including a pair of Peabody Awards, and was even profiled on “60 Minutes” last year.

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Minnesota Public Radio has decided to cancel a series whose three-year investigation and 20 podcast episodes assisted in overturning a conviction of a Mississippi man on death row. 

APM Reports investigative podcast “In the Dark” cancellation might come as a surprise, considering it received several accolades, including a pair of Peabody Awards, and was even profiled on “60 Minutes” last year.

“As a trusted public media service, Minnesota Public Radio is committed to providing high-quality journalism, programming, and experiences for our audiences and communities,” MPR said in a statement, per Inside Radio

“In keeping with this commitment, advancement of our strategic priorities, and our responsibility as financial stewards of MPR’s resources, we have made a difficult decision regarding the future of APM Reports. We are dissolving APM Reports as a separate business unit and incorporating select programming elements into MPR News. Unfortunately, this change means that colleagues, who’ve invested their energy, skills, and passion with us, will be leaving our organization.” 

The radio station informed the APM Reports team of the decision on Thursday, and it’s uncertain how many of the 18-staffers will face layoffs. The decision to pull the plug on the podcast comes two months after Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media converged into a lone entity under CEO Jean Taylor.

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WTOP Receives Three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

WTOP advances to the national round of the competition, competing against regional winners from across the country.

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WTOP is one of the marquee news-talk stations in the United States and was recently honored with three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards this week by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

For the New Series category, WTOP saw their National Security correspondent JJ Green’s COVID Conspiracy series was recognized for its coverage of a secret ploy by Russia to distribute lies and disinformation regarding COVID-19 and vaccines. 

“The journalists in our newsroom are dedicated, passionate individuals who want to make a difference in their communities,” Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News and Programming said in a press release obtained by Barrett News Media. “We are so honored to be recognized with three regional Edward R. Murrow awards.”

Meanwhile, in the Digital category, WTOP.com received a regional award for coverage of news events throughout 2021, including coronavirus, cicadas, and the scandal at D.C.’s crime lab. 

Finally, WTOP also received an honor in the Newscast category for coverage of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. As a result, the radio station advances to the national round of the competition, competing against regional winners from across the country.

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WSIU Airing Korean War Documentary for Memorial Day

The documentary will air on Sunday, May 29 at 2 pm and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 9 pm.

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, and WSIU is marking the occasion with a documentary centered around the Korean War. The radio station announced that “Shrapnel Down: My Korean War Story” will be broadcast on the WSIU stations.

The documentary will air on Sunday, May 29 at 2 pm and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 9 pm. The film plans to feature never-before-seen war footage caught by Iowa native and veteran Bill Rector during his tour of duty during the Korean War. 

“There are so many impactful stories WSIU proudly shares, and those of our brave U.S. veterans certainly deserve special attention,” film producer/director Mark St. George said. 

“In Shrapnel Down, I hope viewers will discover a personal story that lurks behind the great veil of war; of the humanity that was ever-present beyond the shots fired. Shrapnel Down is a documentary about war – true – but told through the camera lens of one extraordinary sailor who shares his story, documenting his experiences of war, friendship, and loss.”

Rector used an 8mm camera to document his war experiences, capturing this never-before-seen footage. In addition, the film contains an in-depth interview with Rector where he recounts vital moments such as the battles during the Blockade of Wonsan, the most prolonged battle in modern naval history, and the Court of Neptune ritual.

“The film is a time capsule that we are opening with viewers for the very first time,” St. George said. “The documentary features original, 8mm war footage that has, until now, been locked away. Shrapnel Down breaks the seal on this time capsule, and we’re happy to share it with viewers.”

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