Remembering Rush Limbaugh

The death of legendary conservative “shock jock” Rush Limbaugh as a result of advanced stage lung cancer is one of the most tragic stories of the year. Whether or not you disagree with his politics, there’s no denying his massive impact on broadcasting history.

On a personal note, I started listening to him when I was in college, two months after Barack Obama won the 2012 presidential election. And I found him very entertaining to listen to over the years, despite some controversies. His success would eventually lead to other political talk shows on the radio, whether they may be conservative hosts like Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham, to progressive hosts like Alan Colmes. All of which also would eventually become hosts and/or contributors on the Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (which, if you think about it, follows the tradition of the newsreels made by the now Disney-owned film studio it was once named after).

And speaking of Fox… the popular cable news channel’s subscription-based streaming service, Fox Nation, will be hosting a documentary honoring his life and legacy, which will be hosted by former vice president Mike Pence. According to a recent press release, the documentary will be presented in four parts:

Act One: The Spoken Word

A college drop-out, local disc-jockey Rush Limbaugh gets his big break when he lands his own radio show. Little does he, or anyone else for that matter, know that Limbaugh was poised to take radio by storm, changing the industry and American politics forever.

 

Act Two: Revolution

In 1994, as Limbaugh’s daily radio show reaches a listening audience of unprecedented size, he takes on the new role of field general for the “Republican Revolution.”

 

Act Three: Rise of the New Right

As Limbaugh battles struggles both personal and professional, a new breed of the Republican Party emerges after President Obama takes office

 

Act Four: A Blessed Life

After 30 years on air, “The Rush Limbaugh Show” continues to dominate the airwaves, until an unexpected announcement from its host shocks the world.

It’ll be interesting to see Fox Nation’s take on Limbaugh’s legacy. Not to mention that it has such a great lineup of guests, including former House speaker Newt Gingrich, MediaBuzz host Howard Kurtz, and even Limbaugh’s executive producer Bo Snerdley. Limbaugh got a lot of flack over the years, even after his death. Was he controversial? Yes. Over the top, sometimes? Yes. Provocative? Absolutely. But despite his flaws, he was still popular enough to create political radio hosts from both sides of the isle. And even if some of them failed (like the progressive-leaning radio network Air America), there’s no denying his impact on broadcasting history.

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