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Rush Limbaugh remembered by ‘Bo Snerdley’: ‘Unimaginable human being’ whose legacy continues

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Late conservative icon Rush Limbaugh’s longtime good friend and producer James Golden – recognized greatest to listeners as name screener “Bo Snerdley” – remembered the legacy of Limbaugh and shared how the host modified the media panorama endlessly. 

As he wrote in his new ebook “Rush on the Radio,” Golden advised of how he and Limbaugh crossed paths in New York Metropolis previous to their lasting friendship and work collectively.

“My background and Rush’s had attention-grabbing parallels,” he mentioned, describing strolling into station WWRL, the place his cousin was a disc jockey, at age 14. Golden advised Fox Information Digital it took 9 years to get what he referred to as his first “actual job” – the music director for New York’s 77WABC radio’s final program in that format, and later its first program in its present-day information format.

Within the late Nineteen Eighties, Golden met Limbaugh and his then-business accomplice, former ABC Radio President Ed McLaughlin, and provided what turned out to be a harbinger of issues to return:

“I remarked that it sounded to me like he could be greater than Paul Harvey. Little did I notice that my very own life could be so intertwined with that of Rush and the present, and that he would change into the one most profitable broadcaster in American historical past; a minimum of in radio,” Golden mentioned.

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Rush Limbaugh, l, and James Golden, r.
(James Golden)

As Golden writes within the ebook – which was launched final week – Limbaugh was additionally typically the topic of controversies which the host typically became memorable moments to hearken again to in later years.

In 1994, an promoting deal between the Rush Limbaugh Present and the Florida Orange Juice Fee led to protests and boycotts of the juice.

One of many organizations that determined to protest the deal was the Nationwide Group for Girls.

“Patricia Eire was heading it again then. They got here all the way down to Florida – they usually had been merely overwhelmed: Rush listeners confirmed up by the scores they usually purchased out Orange Juice all over the place that this ragtag group – 10 or 15 of them — confirmed up,” Golden mentioned.

Freshly-filled cartons of orange juice move down a production line at Florida's Natural Growers plant in Lake Wales, Florida, U.S., on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Freshly-filled cartons of orange juice transfer down a manufacturing line at Florida’s Pure Growers plant in Lake Wales, Florida, U.S., on Thursday, Could 26, 2016. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg through Getty Pictures
(Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg through Getty Pictures)

Dittoheads – as listeners had been affectionately referred to as, and infrequently referred to as themselves – basically put the squeeze on the protests.

Golden advised Fox Information that incidents like these are basically the precursor to twenty first Century “cancel tradition” and “woke” activism.

“If you happen to had a distinct political philosophy, they needed to destroy you,” he mentioned. “They didn’t need to argue within the market of concepts, they needed to destroy their political opponents.’

However, Limbaugh typically took such protests and assaults in stride:

“He had a number of enjoyable with it – we had a number of enjoyable after we noticed … the video and seeing how perplexed these protesters had been. As a result of, up till that point, these leftist protests [always] bought the eye of the nationwide media.”

The Florida Orange Juice Fee boycott was the primary time that conservatives pushed again on left-wing activism, he mentioned.

“It was hysterically humorous and educational to look at that.”

Rush Limbaugh in his studio during his radio show (Photo by Mark Peterson/Corbis via Getty Images)

Rush Limbaugh in his studio throughout his radio present (Picture by Mark Peterson/Corbis through Getty Pictures)

In later years, Limbaugh would queue up numerous satire songs like “Thank the Lord Rush Limbaugh’s On“– within the tune of “O Joyful Day” – or “Bomb Iran” – sung in a satirized voice of then-Sen. John McCain to the tune of “Barbara Ann.”

Fox Information Digital requested Golden about how these memorable satires happened.

The longtime producer mentioned that a number of the concepts got here from listeners’ personal humorous ideas – and could be analyzed by “Package Carson” the EIB Community’s chief of employees.

The significantly good ones had been despatched on to Rush, and a few – like “Bomb Iran” – had been recorded by satirist Paul Shanklin.

A few of the different titles from these days had been carried out through impersonation of President Obama, together with “Get together Like It is 1929” – “Each Cent You Make (I will Be Taxing You)” – whereas others like “Al Gore: Balls of Fireplace” featured a likeness of Vice President Al Gore Jr, a famous international warming activist, singing his model of Johnny Money’s “Ring of Fireplace.”

When it comes to Limbaugh listeners pushing again in their very own enjoyable manner in opposition to what was the Nineties model of wokeness, Golden later described how First Girl Hillary Clinton launched into a bus tour in help of nationalized well being care that was typically stymied by the presence of conservatives with a differing viewpoint.

Golden additionally recalled a time when Clinton’s husband, then-President Clinton urged schoolchildren to carry bake gross sales to profit the U.S. Treasury, that Limbaugh as soon as once more took that occasion and turned it right into a memorable second.

Chatting with a listener named Dan who remarked about studying the host’s “Limbaugh Letter” weekly publication secondhand from a good friend, Limbaugh joked that he needs to be shopping for the subscription himself and prompt he fundraise for it.

Dan’s Bake Sale was born.

“He preferred as an instance absurdity by being absurd,” Golden mentioned of the late host. “It became a nationwide motion.”

Golden recounted how 70,000 Limbaugh listeners got here collectively in Fort Collins, Colorado, for “Dan’s Bake Sale” – which featured native distributors and different points of interest as effectively.

“The conservative ‘Woodstock’,” Golden recalled.

“One of the vital wonderful issues about that day, these 70,000 folks cleaned up after themselves so effectively that no person might consider they’d an occasion that dimension in that city. Individuals additionally flew in from Europe, Egypt, and different nations — The city of Fort Collins was left pristine after this occasion.”

Rush Limbaugh Show producer James Golden compiles his show preparation in the early days of the program, which began in 1988.

Rush Limbaugh Present producer James Golden compiles his present preparation within the early days of this system, which started in 1988.
(James Golden)

When Limbaugh was requested to repeat the occasion, he replied that some issues are supposed to be once-in-a-lifetime for good cause.

“Let’s benefit from the reality it occurred one time,” Golden recalled the host expressing.

That sentiment got here once more in 2009 when Limbaugh held what he known as his “First National Address to the Nation” – after listening to that Fox Information and C-SPAN had been broadcasting it dwell.

On a cool February night in a ballroom on the Omni Shoreham Resort not removed from The White Home, then-CPAC Director Lisa DePasquale launched Limbaugh because the occasion’s remaining speaker.

The group erupted in chants of “Rush – Rush – Rush – Rush” because the host took the stage to the opening bass line of “My City Was Gone” – which was additionally used as “The Rush Limbaugh Present’s” synonymous theme music.

Usually, keynote speeches on the conference run for about an hour. However Limbaugh spoke for greater than 80 minutes, leaving the group enraptured all through with what Golden recounted because the Positive message of conservatism not understood or reported by the mainstream media.

“The CPAC speech that he made electrified the nation,” Golden advised Fox Information. “He actually did provoke the nation behind… conservatism.”

“He defined to America who conservatives had been: That we love the nation that we love the people who we’re not these items that the left says we’re,” Golden mentioned. “His love for the nation, his love for the folks of this nation; it resonated.”

Rush Limbaugh offers the keynote address to the 2009 CPAC at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel in Woodley Park, D.C., on February 28, 2009.

Rush Limbaugh gives the keynote tackle to the 2009 CPAC on the Omni-Shoreham Resort in Woodley Park, D.C., on February 28, 2009.

“That CPAC speech has been seen so many occasions, as a result of that is one thing often {that a} president of the US [would have] held,” Golden mentioned. “This man on the radio galvanized the nation behind his defining of what conservatism was.”

Golden famous to Fox Information that that message was typically met by stiff opposition from Democratic members of Congress.

He spoke about how former Senate Majority Chief Tom Daschle of South Dakota supported bringing again the Equity Doctrine – which President Reagan repealed.

“After the Dems had a very dangerous midterm, Tom Daschle was caught on tape – they seen it as an issue that so many Dems listened to Rush Limbaugh and had been being persuaded by [Limbaugh].”

Daschle was later echoed by the late Rep. Louise Slaughter from Western New York, who Golden mentioned sought a movement to “shut down Rush on the radio – he was a thorn within the Democratic Get together narrative.” 

“Once we tried to reinstate [it] once more in 1993, one of many causes we could not was that Rush Limbaugh had organized this huge rebellion in opposition to it, calling it ‘Hush Rush Regulation’,” Slaughter said of the Equity Doctrine in 2004. 

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30:  House Rules Committee ranking member Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol July 30, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 30:  Home Guidelines Committee rating member Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) talks to reporters on the U.S. Capitol July 30, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Picture by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Pictures)

“They did all the pieces they might with their allies within the mainstream press, who’ve little or no mental honesty, to smear him and shade any story that they might to discredit him. After which, they actively – members of Congress who’re presupposed to help this Structure of ours – needed to close down Rush’s First Modification proper to talk and shut down this program – fortunately they weren’t profitable in doing it – however they actually did attempt.”

Golden referred to as strikes like that the “forerunner to cancel tradition.”

Talking about more moderen incidents, Golden pointed to the media’s one-sided protection of Virginia Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears, who many pundits equated with White supremacy regardless of the actual fact the previous Norfolk lawmaker is a Jamaican immigrant and Marine Corps veteran.

“Right here you may have a girl who’s an immigrant from Jamaica, proudly is an African-American lady who immigrated to this nation, served within the US Marines and credit [them] with being a guiding gentle for her in serving to her develop her management abilities,” Golden advised Fox Information.

“Her dad immigrated to this nation with $1.75 in his pocket and have become profitable by means of onerous work – The Democrat response to that … was to name this proud Black African-American immigrant from Jamaica a ‘White supremacist’ in order that it might match their narrative of what was going down in Virginia.”

“That’s the form of mental dishonesty that you simply see everywhere in the mainstream media and throughout the Democratic Get together.”

Former Republican Delegate Winsome Sears celebrates winning the race for Lt. Governor of Virginia during an election night party in Chantilly Virginia, U.S., November 3, 2021. REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst

Former Republican Delegate Winsome Sears celebrates successful the race for Lt. Governor of Virginia throughout an election evening occasion in Chantilly Virginia, U.S., November 3, 2021. REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst
(REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst)

Democrats had been in considerably of a panic earlier this 12 months, he mentioned, after former Gov. Terry McAuliffe “realized too late” that basing his marketing campaign assaults in opposition to opponent Glenn Youngkin on Donald Trump had been falling flat.

“When Terry McAuliffe realized that this Trump factor wasn’t working he tried to pivot but it surely was too late – as a result of he had already embraced that as his narrative, when the true situation in Virginia is what is occurring within the faculties,” he mentioned, referring to the rise of crucial race idea curriculum.

“[T]his anti-American viewpoint based mostly on racial animus is being unfold all through faculties within the nation,” he mentioned.

“Then you may have the legal professional normal, Merrick Garland, becoming a member of forces with a renegade college board affiliation making an attempt to name the dad and mom who’re involved about this ‘home terrorists’ – whereas not revealing that his personal son-in-law has an curiosity in placing these CRT supplies into faculties and is making a revenue off doing that.”

Garland has come below fireplace for a memorandum giving federal investigators leeway to probe actions in school board conferences they deem untoward or legal.

“This whole Virginia debacle confirmed one of many weaknesses of the Democratic Get together which is specializing in their Trump-hate,” he mentioned, including that Limbaugh was smeared simply as a lot as the previous president has been by the identical media and authorities figures.

“The identical form of vitriol that they’ve been attacking Rush with because the starting of this system… They don’t depend on info, they only need to smear and discredit their political opponents moderately than have interaction them and it’s beginning to backfire,” he mentioned.

Golden pointed to Fox Information host Tucker Carlson’s interview with Kyle Rittenhouse as proof that the mainstream media and Democrats’ narratives are too typically uncovered as flawed or false when the info come to gentle.

“Tucker did an excellent interview that ought to have been accomplished by others within the media, however was not. What did we uncover? – that Rittenhouse helps the BLM motion – that Rittenhouse really helped protesters at that riot; helped get them medical consideration,” he mentioned.

“He was on the market to assist anyone – we additionally found his motivations, whether or not some may query whether or not they’re sensible or not had been to guard property – opposite to media assertions he didn’t take a weapon throughout state traces.”

Golden referred to as it “astounding” that different media retailers by no means bothered to hunt the info or a firsthand account of what occurred the evening Rittenhouse shot three protesters through the Kenosha riots.

Kyle Rittenhouse sits down with Fox News host Tucker Carlson on November 22, 2021. (Fox News/Tucker Carlson Tonight)

Kyle Rittenhouse sits down with Fox Information host Tucker Carlson on November 22, 2021. (Fox Information/Tucker Carlson Tonight)

“This Rittenhouse case exhibits the utter failure of the mainstream media on this nation, which is to report information and do their job and provides evaluation of the information,” he mentioned. 

“They’re proper now only a political subsidiary of the left – and that’s what they’re doing – making an attempt to shade truths to slot in a predetermined narrative from the left.”

Golden additionally opened up about Trump, saying he and Limbaugh revered one another.

“Once I was in New York I used to have Donald Trump on my weekend present for WABC – President Trump has been very very variety to me personally,” Golden mentioned.

Golden added that there are parallels between how the media turned on Trump after years of being cordial after he introduced his presidential bid, to the best way they handled Limbaugh earlier than he grew to become a voice for conservatism.

“It wasn’t till Rush spoke up in opposition to Democrat insurance policies that they began giving him these horrible names,” he mentioned. “Donald Trump has suffered extra defamation of his character than any president in fashionable occasions as a result of these individuals are relentless of their opposition to him — they usually can’t argue it on advantage, so that they use advert hominem assaults to smear and castigate their opponents.”

Golden fondly recalled Trump awarding Limbaugh the very best civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he added had a humorous facet to it – in that Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her Democratic caucus needed to be current for the award as a result of it happened on the State of the Union.

“[T]he Democrats who so opposed him needed to be in attendance for that ceremony – it was simply amazingly humorous,” he mentioned.

FILE PHOTO: Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh reacts as he is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Conservative radio discuss present host Rush Limbaugh reacts as he’s awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. First Girl Melania Trump, within the Home Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Picture

Golden additionally spoke about Rush and Kathryn Limbaugh’s dedication to elevating cash for each Leukemia analysis and for the households of first responders killed within the line of responsibility.

Within the 2000s, to commemorate his “Rush Revere” ebook sequence, Limbaugh concurrently launched into a themed enterprise, advertising {cases} of “Two If By Tea” that includes Rush Revere and his horse “Liberty” on the label – the proceeds of which went to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation.

In February, Limbaugh died of complications from stage-4 lung most cancers. Inside days, a makeshift memorial popped up in entrance of his house in Palm Seaside. Supporters, neighbors and others all left a rising assortment of sentiments in entrance of his gate.


“I’m after all gratified by anybody who chooses to recollect Rush for the unbelievable human being that he was,” Golden advised Fox Information. 

“He was a person like no different that I’ve met.”

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