Former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is joining the ranks of conservative syndicated radio talkers, picking up the mike in the same time slot as Premiere Radio Networks’ Rush Limbaugh. Cumulus Media Networks is planning an April 2 launch for “The Mike Huckabee Show,” which will run from noon to 3 p.m. on weekdays, and is positioning the show as an alternative to Limbaugh’s. “Governor Huckabee is an important, insightful and influential figure in American public affairs, and we’re excited about launching his live daily radio show during the presidential election season,” said John Dickey, the co-chief operating officer of Cumulus Media. Cumulus expects the show to launch in 20 markets, including “at least two top 10 markets,” with “significant expansion expected.” Although Cumulus is putting Huckabee directly opposite of Limbaugh, the former governor is down playing any rivalry. “Limbaugh is going to have an audience that will be very loyal and has been for over 20 years. I doubt that will change,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee will continue hosting “Huckabee,” his weekend talk show on the Fox News Channel, as well as the short form radio commentaries that Cumulus already distributes each day.