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Earlier this year a fierce feud broke out between Rush Limbaugh and one of his radio distributors, Cumulus Media. The Cumulus CEO, Lew Dickey, went public with his observation that Limbaugh’s vulgar misogyny and hate speech was sending advertisers fleeing. Dickey told the company’s shareholders that they were losing millions of dollars as a result of an audience and advertiser boycott that began after Limbaugh had called student activist Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute”
Limbaugh took umbrage at the suggestion that his boorishness was responsible for the lost ads and threatened to take his program elsewhere. However, it seems that Cumulus has beaten him to the punch according to sources who spoke to Politico, who say that Cumulus will drop both Limbaugh and Sean Hannity by year’s end:
“Cumulus has decided that it will not renew its contracts with either host, the source said, a move that would remove the two most highly rated conservative talk personalities from more than 40 Cumulus channels in major markets.”
There is the possibility that the parties are still posturing in an attempt to secure better deals, but Politco’s sources say that Limbaugh’s syndicator is unlikely to come down to a figure that Cumulus would accept. Cumulus, in the meantime, has been scouting new talent for replacement hosts. And when 48 of your 50 biggest advertisers have directed that their ads not be placed on Limbaugh and Hannity, Cumulus has little incentive to negotiate.
If Limbaugh and Hannity are evicted from their radio perches at the Cumulus stations they currently occupy, their distributor, Clear Channel, will likely find them new digs on their own Premier network. This move will not be without a fair amount of turbulence. The shows could go dark for some weeks or months while new stations are found and the contracts of the hosts residing there are unwound. Which raises another problem that is probably keeping Glenn Beck up tonight. That’s because Premiere already distributes Beck who broadcasts at the same time as Limbaugh. So if Limbaugh is moved to the Premiere stations it may be Beck who is shoved aside.
While there is a certain amount of schadenfreude derived from watching these rightist dinosaurs flailing in the tar pits of their own making, the end result is not much prettier a picture. Limbaugh and Hannity are likely to land somewhere eventually. And Cumulus could replace them with Mike Huckabee, Mark Levin, and/or Michael Savage. So the airwaves will end up with just as much repugnant blather. But the show will have an entertaining, if too brief, intermission.
15 thoughts on “Limbaugh And Hannity Getting Heaved From 40+ Radio Stations: Glenn Beck Nervous”
They both actually represent all that is wrong with the current GOP. You only need to listen once to understand that – assuming you know where the GOP was and where the GOP is now. No one here would know anything about that.
The GOP had been falling apart slowly for years ever since Reagan left office. As for Limbaugh, he’s really a relic from another era. I’m really not sure what purpose either of them serve in the 21st century. Their time had come and gone.
These 2 guys seem to represent the neocon wing – the GW Bush wing – of the party. That wing is dying and they haven’t figured it out yet. The only growing part is the libertarian leaning wing – and they hate that part – which of course includes the young, college aged, voters.
So Rush and Sean will find new companies to syndicate their shows. Big deal.
I hope you’re right even though I’ve moved on from their perspective on conservatism. The worst thing that could happen is the people of this country get enslaved by progressives and another point of view isn’t available.
Well really, why aren’t these lefties more worried about their own success – or lack thereof? Behold: Air America went belly-up. MSNBC’s ratings are in the toilet. Al Gore’s glorfied public access channel will soon be taken over by the Qatari gas pimps and switched to Al Jazeera America. When that happens, these left-wing lunkheads – Bill Press, Stephanie Miller, Cenk Ugyur, Joy Behar – will lose their TV shows. And they’re guffawing over a contract dispute? Get a clue, people.
“Enslaved?” And what media empire would be doing the enslaving? Let’s see…Fox News? Nope. Murdoch? Nope.
NPR? Oh please. Nothing says ‘progressive’ like 30 year old British comedies.
Sorry pal, the only mind enslaving going on is from the bible-thumping right wing retards. Loudmouths, lies, discussius interruptus, all elements of rightwing “entertainment.” Loud shouty guys trying to talk over each other. Hideously creepy women betraying their own sex, bigotry, intolerance…that’s the right.
The only thing progressives have to offer, humanity, empathy, compassion, TRUTH. So, yanno, if you gravitate towards those things, you’re not “enslaved.” You’re just a decent human being.
You’re so blind to the bullshit you can’t even see your own imprisonment. All I see from progressives like Mark here is some line of BS that is meant to convince all of us that we should just turn over our own well being the the only MASTER he loves (and you obviously) – the state – all of our talents, most of our money and anything else we have so that the good can be spread evenly by our wonderful government to anyone willing to beg for it and live under it’s control. You are a sucker. Progressives have none of those things you note – just a desire to see everyone live in the same misery equally. You’re a dope for believing any of those wonderful ideas would be provided if you no longer had control over yourself, as all good progressives hope. Enjoy your misery. If we all buy your idiocy, we could be North Korea too – yeah, that is a wonderful idea.
Hey Steve, just go back to worshiping the almighty dollar, and the money pimps who own it all. Your MASTER is a dream of affluence that you will never be allowed to achieve. You see, if I had to pick my imprisonment, I would opt for the world being a better place to be, rather than the world being a richer place to be. Especially since the riches are owned by a few people (not the government), with people like you eagerly and gladly lapping up the scraps. You sold your control, and your prison is getting smaller everyday, and you continue to tout your “freedom”, and berate the people trying to show you a different way. You have been conned, and conned so well that you are perpetuating the con. Some of us know better, and we’re hoping that, eventually, you see it too.
Sorry for the overly emotional response – it happens when I read really moronic comments from true believers such as those above.
About time! Years and air time WASTED because of this fat lard. When LExus pulled out ‘eons’ ago, i thought we had hope. But then like grease on a stove, Rush was still,allowed to bellow his idiotic racist ‘ dinosaur’ views. It is not like that anymore.
yOU will need to carry on and air what is truthful with real facts and opinions from legitimate professionals!
Shame on the station to permit this slough to air his antics..l it is now a crucial time. We have to be tri-lingual now or more…get the jive.
So yeah rush…time to go and yeah it’s a rush
Rush, being the pathetic blowhard he is …. decided to just ‘double down’….I’m sorry his IQ cannot be what it’s been claimed to be (I think was 138?) because I’m having difficulty believing it’s anywhere close to 100 even… I mean, they did a study confirming what I knew at… age 9? Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q. To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism. DUH!
Are racists dumb? Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent than liberals? A provocative new study from Brock University in Ontario suggests the answer to both questions may be a qualified yes.
The study, published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood.
And for the ones claiming: “So Rush and Sean will find new companies to syndicate their shows. Big deal.” Well, no. Why? Those ‘companies’ are in business to MAKE $$ and most companies these days have clauses in their contracts citing “No Limbaugh spots” (for their advertising) so Rush is now synonymous with LOOOSSSSSIIIINNNNNGGGGG $ not making it. He’s toxic, Hannity not too far behind him.
I’d agree with Kacer … these guys are connected to bad attitudes. People don’t stop buying ad time on a whim. These guys will show up somewhere else and they will take their vitriol with them. The headaches will start all over again for a new set of radio outlets.
Hopefully no more children will be hurt in Syria.
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