Rush Limbaugh, the "Doctor of Democracy,"
has been labeled as the savior of AM radio by broadcast industry leaders. Limbaugh revolutionized the media and political landscape with his unprecedented combination of serious discussion of political, cultural and social issues along with satirical and biting humor, which parodies previously “untouchable” personalities and topics. His passion has inspired millions of Americans to be the best they can be, and kept the country on course to a bright future.
On August 1, 1988, Rush launched his phenomenally successful radio broadcast into national syndication, with 56 radio stations. More than 20 years later the show is heard on nearly 600 stations by up to 20 million people each week and is the highest-rated national radio talk show in America. Rush was awarded the Syndicated Radio Personality of the year by the National Association of Broadcasters in 1992, 1995, 2000, and 2005. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993 and National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998.
DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT RUSH LIMBAUGH?
- Honorary Member of the Republican Freshman Class 1995 House of Representatives
- Time Magazine®’s 100 Most Influential People in the world (2009)
- Forbes Magazine 50 Most Powerful Celebrities in the United States, numerous years (#19 in 2010)
- Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People (2008)
- The Giving Back Fund’s 10 Most Generous Celebrities for contributions to charities and individuals, such as the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation.
- Raised 36 Million Dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since 1989. Each year Rush hosts a Radiothon (one three-hour broadcast per year) during his program to raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma research.
- Author of The Limbaugh Letter, the most widely read political newsletter in the country and two best-selling books, The Way Things Ought to Be and See, I Told You So, which have sold over 8.9 million copies, including an American publishing record for See, I Told You So.
- Guest Television appearances include Nightline with Ted Koppel, Cross Fire™, Good Morning America®, CBS This Morning™, The Today® Show, The Phil Donahue Show™, The Late Show® with David Letterman, The Tonight Show®, This Week™ with David Brinkley, Meet the Press® with Tim Russert, and The Drew Carey Show ®. Rush also starred as himself in the popular network sitcoms Family Guy® and Hearts Afire®.
- Profiled on CBS's 60 Minutes®, ABC's 20/20® and in numerous publications including U.S. News and World Report®, Newsweek®, National Review™, Time Magazine®, The New York Times® Magazine and USA Weekend®.
- Miss America® Pageant Judge 2010
- Inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians on May 14, 2012 in the state Capitol in Jefferson City
Always employing cutting edge technology, in 2000 Rush harnessed the power of the internet by expanding his media dominance with the launch of RushLimbaugh.com, including video and live streaming audio. Rush has since ventured into the social network realm by creating his own Facebook® page (http://www.facebook.com/RushLimbaugh). Rush's iPhone/iPad app was the most downloaded News category app for two days in the Apple App Store when it was released in the winter of 2010. The app allows subscribers to watch and listen to the program live on their mobile devices. His radio program is broadcasted on weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Eastern Time.
HOW IT BEGAN...
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was born in 1951 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to a family with generations of attorneys. At 16, he chose to explore his passion for broadcasting by working as a disc jockey for a hometown radio station. After four years, he left for Pittsburgh to work for the former ABC owned and operated KQV. Tired of the disc jockey life, Rush briefly left broadcasting for business, joining the Kansas City Royals as Director of Group Sales, and then Director of Sales and Special Events.
Rush couldn't resist the urge to return to broadcasting. In 1983, he re-entered radio as a political commentator for KMBZ in Kansas City. A year later Rush hosted a daytime talk show in Sacramento, California, tripling the program's ratings in four years. From there, in 1988 he went on to New York where the record-breaking national show was born.
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