Rush — 25 Syndicated Years Later

“It’s meant more to me than I’ll ever be able to fully describe”
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The king of talk radio, the resuscitator of AM radio, either loved or hated, he’s listened to on nearly 600 stations and 20 million people a week, Rush Limbaugh spent Aug. 1, celebrating his 25th anniversary hosting the Premiere Networks-syndicated “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”

A Premiere Networks release provided these numbers for Limbaugh: 788,918,000 seconds, 13,148,640 minutes, 219,144 hours, 9,131 days and 1,304 weeks on their broadcasting. And Limbaugh does it all solo; he rarely has guests though he does take phone calls.

Of the show, Limbaugh said: “The relationship we’ve established here — between the audience and myself — is everything … It’s meant more to me than I’ll ever be able to fully describe. It’s the best three hours of the day! We’re going to do this for a long time to come.”

Limbaugh has long been the top-rated talker nationally and often locally. A release says that his audience has grown 11% in the past year alone.

Limbaugh has received NAB Radio Marconi Awards for Syndicated Personality of the Year in 1992, 1995, 2000 and 2005. He was inducted into the NAB Radio Hall of Fame in 1993 and the NAB Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998.

President of Content and Affiliate Services for National Media Groups, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, Julie Talbott said, “Few broadcasters have achieved the same level of success as Rush Limbaugh, and to sustain it for 25 years while delivering positive results for our partners is truly remarkable.”


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