August 1 marked the 30th anniversary of Premiere Networks’ “The Rush Limbaugh Show” in national radio syndication.
Limbaugh is widely credited as the former Top 40 DJ who as a media pundit, reshaped the political landscape via Talk radio. Limbaugh and his partners founded EIB, the Excellence In Broadcasting Network, launching his radio broadcast into national radio syndication debuting with 56 radio stations on August 1, 1988. An additional 100 affiliates were added in just a few months, paving the way for the expansion of the Talk radio format.
In addition to the usual discussion on the latest news and events of the day, Limbaugh spent some time yesterday during his three-hour show reflecting on the milestone. The five-time Marconi Award winner featured calls from listeners and fans, as well as highlights from throughout his radio career, including audio of his first radio job as a disc jockey at WIXZ in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1971.
Limbaugh also received a surprise call from Donald Trump. President Trump stated, “You’re a very special man, Rush, and you have people that love you. I’m one of them. But you’re a very, very special guy. What you do for this country, people have no idea how important your voice is. So I just wanted to personally make this one and I said, ‘I’ll even dial the number myself if I have to’… But I just want to congratulate you. Thirty years in that tough business is incredible, and you’re stronger now than ever before.”
Syndicated by Premiere Networks, “The Rush Limbaugh Show” is heard on more than 600 stations broadcasting live, weekdays from 9am to noon ET.