The Associated Press reported just over a week ago that Premiere Networks, the syndicator who spread the late Rush Limbaugh’s booming voice across the fruited plain, has announced that it isn’t changing course anytime soon.
Premiere Networks, the company that syndicated Limbaugh’s afternoon program to some 600 radio stations across the country, said Monday that it would continue airing a series of guest hosts that play archival audio footage of the late personality. Limbaugh died of cancer on Feb. 17.
“No one can replace Rush Limbaugh, and Premiere Networks will continue to provide millions of loyal listeners with the voice of Rush for the long term,” said Rachel Nelson, company spokeswoman.
Meanwhile, some networks and independent stations are opting to fill the time slot with host Dan Bongino and others, as my colleague Joe Cunningham shared.
After Rush’s death, RedState did its best to remember the late, conservative icon. And during Wednesday’s broadcast, brought to you, as always, by the Excellence In Broadcasting network, as Rush would call it, the show provided a sneak peek at a special, new tribute video to El Rushbo — and it happens to include a figure whom many readers consider one of America’s premier constitutional originalists.
Todd Herman, the guest host (or “guide,” as the show now calls its current, fill-in hosts) played clips of several prominent faces who will appear, while announcing the special content to loyal listeners.
“I am just thrilled to announce something that we can all ground ourselves in as EIB family. So this Friday, EIB’s gonna debut a very special program. It’s a video tribute. It’s titled, “A Tribute to Radio’s Greatest of All Time — Rush Hudson Limbaugh III,” our beloved Maha Rushie, and it’s an opportunity for us to see and share his extraordinary life from his youngest age to the triumphs of his life.”
Todd continued by playing an excerpt of former President Donald Trump’s praise of Rush, then filled in some details on where listeners can watch the video and who else would be remembering Rush:
“It debuts this Friday afternoon online at RushLimbaugh.com right after this program. It’s an hour-long tribute. It includes words from Rush’s brother, David Limbaugh, as well as President Trump, Vice President Pence, and others close to Rush.”
After adding that this will be a “must-watch program,” Todd revealed that not only would Donald Trump Jr. be weighing in, but a member of the United States Supreme Court took part, also.
Clarence Thomas speaks in the video about Kathryn Limbaugh, who continues to play an integral part in her beloved husband Rush’s legacy:
“Over the years, Virginia and I got to know Rush quite well. We would visit him there in Florida, and from time to time he would visit us here in D.C. The high point, though, was his wedding and his marriage to Kathryn. That was an event and a time to just be — to behold, a good man marrying a wonderful woman. And, Kathryn, you have been, obviously, a centerpiece and a joy in his life.”
And while it’s not clear yet what former Vice President Pence will focus on during the video, he’s already played a part in memorializing Limbaugh, by narrating a recent, documentary special about the late broadcaster, “Age of Rush,” which aired on the “Fox Nation” vertical.
As you may remember, about a week after Rush’s passing, I surmised that his juggernaut of a conservative talk radio show would keep broadcasting what listeners signaled they wanted: the tried and true lessons that he’s shared with them over the years, in his own voice. And that’s just what’s come to pass.
Sometimes, to paraphrase someone’s book title, you’re able to say, “I told you so.”