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Huck Tells Conservatives To Tune Out Rush

Huck Tells Conservatives To Tune Out Rush

Today former Arkansas governor and previous Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will launch a three-hour radio program on almost 200 stations across the country with one singular goal in mind: eliminate Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves.

Cumulus Media, which owns and operates Huckabee’s new show, is pitching him to both listeners and advertisers as the “safe alternative” to Limbaugh. Huckabee’s show is slated to compete directly with Limbaugh, airing in the noon-to-3 p.m. time slot Monday through Friday.

In fact, Huckabee’s team is quite direct that Limbaugh is the target. John Dickey, the co-COO of Cumulus Media said “[T]his is going to be safer from a commercial standpoint, and more respectful from a listener’s perspective. I think that environment has been sorely lacking in talk radio.”

Limbaugh’s team doesn’t seem too worried. Clear Channel and its syndicator Premier Networks agree that Huckabee will be a “safer” alternative, but laughed off the idea that Huckabee poses any serious threat to Limbaugh. “There is no alternative to Rush Limbaugh — he is an original,” said Julie Talbott, Premiere’s president of Content and Affiliate Relations. “He has maintained his success through his unique brand of talk radio [that is] compelling, thought-provoking, and strikes an emotional cord. Historically, lukewarm, ‘safer’ content isn’t what attracts and retains audiences.”

Huckabee won’t be the first conservative to try and de-throne Limbaugh. But he is the first to try since the conservative blowhard did significant damage to his brand by going after Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke.

Will audiences warm up to the kinder, gentler sexism and racism peddled by Huckabee? Or Limbaugh’s real appeal the fact that he says out loud the things his audience wouldn’t dare? I guess we’ll have to stay tuned to find out!

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5:57PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

A glimmer of hope that some righties are realizing the hideous cruelty that is Limbaugh. You would think that the religious right, if they truly believe in their christian teachings, would drop him like a big piece of shit.

6:47AM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

"compelling, thought-provoking, and strikes an emotional cord"

More like revolting, thought-inhibiting, and the only emotional cord his show strikes are those of fear and hatred.

8:36AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

First, let's focus on continuing to get radio stations to drop Limpballs radio show. He's the clearest and most direct evil threatening America. After we accomplish that, we can focus on Huckleberry. He may wear different clothing and attack from a different direction, but the message and the evil is the same. He is truly one of the leaders of the Christian Taliban and cannot be permitted to gain a foothold anywhere.

11:58PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

To listen every day to either one of them shows that some of us have too much time on our hands. I'd rather volunteer for a worthy organization that ruin my brain listening to either one.

7:24PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Hold on Huck! You better pray about that first. What Would Jesus Do? Pray for Rush, don't take away his livelihood and fun away without an OK from above. You know the biblical saying about he who casts the first stone?

5:31PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

All I can say is, please do not call Limpburger a hack. A hack is a good, reliable horse you can count on to get you where you want to go. Limpburger is a plug; a broken-down, sway-backed, mean-spirited creature fit only for the glue factory.

2:54PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

How can anyone call Rush an original when there has been racism, bigotry, greed and blatant stupidity since the beginning of time? I will say that he has found a way to reach the majority of people that share these same distasteful traits and has made a lot of money from it.

There has always and sadly always will be people like Rush. What bothers me is the number of people that follow him. What bothers me is the number of people to lazy or too brainwashed to seek out the truth. Rush is everything a good American should stand against. Huckabee won’t get him off the air, he will just add to the stench.

10:04AM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

“There is no alternative to Rush Limbaugh — he is an original,”

No kidding...he's the original SATAN! I think Mike Huckabee is ALOT stronger than he appears! I'd LOVE to see these 2 spar! My money is on Huck!

9:36AM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

- after playing "Cat Scratch Fever" with flaming nutcase Ted Nugent. Why is anyone still listening to this man?

8:33AM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

What a choice, a fat lying drugster or a mouth piece for the Chrsitian Taliban of America.

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