Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

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Rush Limbaugh is an American radio personality and talk show host. Rush Limbaugh is popular for his radio show ‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’ which is a conservative American talk show.

Early Life and Childhood

Rush Limbaugh was born on 12th January 1951 and is currently 69 years old. His full name is Rush Hudson Limbaugh III and his zodiac sign is Capricorn. His name is original to honor the maiden name of a family member Edna Rush by his grandfather. Likewise, Rush was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States of America, and holds American citizenship. Similarly, he belongs to a white ethnic group and has German ancestry, and follows Christianity. Rush was born into the prestigious Limbaugh family. This is the most prominent political family of Missouri and has its family members served as politicians, judges, attorneys, and political commentators both in the Missouri state and on a national scale.

Likewise, Rush is the son of Rush Hudson Limbaugh Jr. who was a lawyer and former US fighter pilot who served in the China Burma India Theater of World War II. Similarly, his mother was a house maker and her name is Mildred Carolyn Limbaugh. Moreover, Rush comes from a highly politically influenced background. His grandfather, Rush Limbaugh Sr. was a prosecutor, judge, special commissioner, and member of the Missouri House of Representatives. Likewise, he has also served as the president of the Missouri Historical Society. Rush has taken his father as an influencer and has dedicated his life to gain his father’s respect and approval.

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Furthermore, regarding his educational background, Rush attended Cape Girardeau Central High School. This is a public high school located in Missouri. Likewise, he played football during high school. While studying, Rush worked his first radio job at the age of 16 in ‘KGMO-Am’. This is a radio station broadcasting of Missouri. Likewise, Rush enrolled at the Southeast Missouri State University but dropped out after two semesters. Moreover, according to his mother, ‘Rush flunked everything he just didn’t seem interested in anything except radio’.

Early-career

Rush started his career at the age of 16 working his first radio job in ‘KGMO-AM’. While working here his air name was ‘Rusty Sharpe’ after the name ‘Sharpe’ in a telephone book. Working there, he cited Chicago DJ Larry Lujack as a major influence on him. Followed by this, after dropping out of university in February 1971, he worked as a DJ at a gospel radio station ‘WIXZ-AM’ which is the Top 40 station of Mckeesport, Pennsylvania. While working here, he adopted the airname ‘Bachelor Jeff’ and worked here in the afternoon before moving to the morning drive. Moreover, his style was compared to ‘early Imus’ by the station’s general manager. However, after eighteen months of working at WIXZ due to personality conflict with the program director Rush was fired from the station.

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After this, he started a nighttime position succeeding Jim Quinn at ‘KQV’ which is the non-commercial radio station. However, with new management, he was dismissed by the new management. Followed by this, he returned to his parents’ house. In 1975, Rush started an afternoon show at the commercial FM radio station ‘KUDL’. With this, he became the host of a public affairs talk show. This program aired on weekend mornings in which he developed his style and present more controversial ideas. After leaving this show, in 1977 he started an evening talk show at KFIX. However, having a stint here, he felt disillusioned with the radio and felt the pressure to pursue a different career.

In 1979, Rush worked in a part-time role in group sales for the American professional baseball team ‘Kansas City Royals’. After this, he worked as a full-time position as the director of group sales and special events. In 1983, he returned to radio and decided to drop his on-air moniker and the broadcast by his real name. He got a spot on the commercial AM radio station ‘KMNZ-AM’ replacing Morton Downey Jr.

WABC New York City and syndication

After his success from Sacramento, Rush started a new show at WABC-AM in New York City. He made his debut just after the Democratic National Convention and before the Republican National Convention. Likewise, in 1990, he was on the Rush to Excellence Tour which was a series of personal appearances on cities nationwide for two years. Likewise, in December 1990, journalist Lewis Grossberger stated Rush as ‘more listeners than any other talk show host’ and described his style as ‘Bouncing between earnest lecturer and political vaudevillian’. Moreover, his rising profile coincided with the Gulf War led by the United States against Iraq. Likewise, Rush supported the war effort and his relentless ridicule of peace activists.

Similarly, at the 1992 presidential election when Bill Clinton elected, Rush satirized the policies of the Democratic Party along with Bill Clinton and the First Lady. With this, in the 1994 midterm election when the Republican Revolution regained control of Congress the freshman Republican class awarded Rush as an honorary membership believing his role in their success. In 2003, after having a stint as a professional football commentator with ESPN, he resigned from it. He made comments about the press coverage for quarterback Donovan McNabb which caused controversy and accusation of racism.

The Rush Limbaugh Show

The Rush Limbaugh Show nationally syndicated at ABC Radio from New York City since 1st August 1988. This show became popular for its heavy political and extreme conservative stant. It aired for more than three decades becoming the highest-rated American talk radio program. Moreover, this show aired for three hours each weekday starting at noon ET on both AM and FM radio.

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Caption: The poster image of the “The Rush Limbaugh Show”. Source: Instagram

Besides this, Rush made regular appearances as a political commentator on various Television programs and has authored numerous articles and books. He authored the best selling ‘The Way Things Ought To Be’ and ‘1993’s See, I Told You So’. Similarly, he has made an appearance on shows like, ‘Late Show with David Letterman’, ‘Hearts Afire’, ‘The Drew Carey Show’. Similarly, he has appeared in the 1995 American romantic comedy movie ‘Forget Paris’.

Likewise, Rush has made a cameo appearance on the American television news satire show ‘The ½ Hour News Hour’ which was broadcasted on the Fox News channel. Similarly, in that year, he made a cameo on the ‘Family Guy’ episode Blue Harvest ( a parody of Star Wars). In this parody, Rush was claiming that the ‘liberal Galatic media’ was lying about the climate change on the planet ‘Hoth’ and the Lando Calrissian administrative position on Cloud City as a result of affirmative action.

Controversy

Rush has involved in numerous controversies and regarded as the most controversial conservative political commentator. Moreover, the Comedian Al Franken who became a Senator wrote on a satirical book accusing him of distorting facts to serve his own political biases. On 14th October 2011, he questioned the US military initiative against Joseph Kony and his LRA based on the assumption of Christians.

Likewise, he accused Canadian-American actor, Michael J. Fox of exaggerating the effect of his affliction in the political TV advertisement advocating funds for stem cell research. Moreover, as Fox suffered from Parkinson’s disease, he said he was acting and moving all around in the advertisement.

Additionally, Rush made his comment on the Iraq War veterans opposed to the war as ‘the phony soldiers. Likewise, on 29th February 2012, while talking about the contraceptive mandates, he remarked Sandra Fluke who is an American lawyer and women’s rights activist as a ‘slut’ and ‘prostitute’. Further, to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rush said the virus to be a ‘common cold’. Moreover, he stated ‘I’m dead right on this; on his radio show on 24th February 2020.

Achievement and Net worth

Throughout his career from radio host to political commentator, Rush has made an exceptional career. Likewise, he inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993, and in the year 1998, he was inducted in the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Similarly, he has won the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award for Excellence in Syndicated and Network Broadcasting five times. Likewise, regarding his net worth, Rush is one of the highest-paid and famous conservative commentators in United States media. Moreover, he has a net worth of around $600 million.

Body Measurement and Health Issue

Rush stands the height of 5 feet 11 inches (71 inches) tall and weighs around 101 kg (222 lbs). However, regarding his vital stats, there is no information about it. Looking at his physical appearance, he has fair skin having a pair of light brown eyes, and gray hair color.

Rush has been through various health issues. In the year 2000, he acknowledged having hearing issues and going almost completely deaf. However, after a cochlear implant in 2001, he was able to regain the hearing. Likewise, he admits his addiction to prescription painkillers and also became more reliant on them after his undergoing spinal surgery half a decade earlier. Further, Rush underwent his cancer treatment on 20th January 2020. He was suffering from stage 4 lung cancer.

Relationship Status

Regarding his relationship status, Rush is straight and married to Kathryn Rogers who is a party planner from Florida. They married on 5th June 2010 after dating for years. However, before this, he married three times. Rush was first married to Roxy Maxine Mc Neely who was a sales secretary at the radio station. He was the age of 26 when he married on 24th September 1977. However, they separated citing ‘incompatibility’ on 10th July 1980.

Followed by this, on 27th May 1994, he married Michelle Sixta who was a college student but divorced in the year 1990. After separation, on 27th May 1994 Rush married a 35-year-old aerobics instructor Marta Fitzgerald whom he met on the online service CompuServe in 1990. However, their relationship also ended on 11th June 2004.

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Caption: Rush with his wife. Source: Instagram

Social Media

His Facebook page is @RushLimbaugh and has 2.2 million followers on it. Likewise, he joined Twitter in July 2011 and has over 589.7k followers in his @rushlimbaugh account. Similarly, Rush also has his own webpage www.rushlimbaugh.com