REACH: 20 million per week via 590 radio stations
and the Armed Forces Radio Network. He publishes the Limbaugh
Letter with 500,000 monthly readers and has talk radio’s No. 1
Web site. He’s also the author of two best-selling books.
FAVORITE TOPIC: Himself (with laughs).
MOST CONTROVERSIAL MOMENT: After a medical
procedure, Limbaugh got addicted to prescription painkillers.
Though such cases are rarely prosecuted, the Democratic state
attorney where Limbaugh lives in Palm Beach County, Fla.,
strung out the matter for two and a half years, finally
settling with Limbaugh and agreeing to drop the charges in
April of this year.
WEB SITE: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/
Limbaugh is more than America’s most widely listened-to
talk-radio host ("the most listened-to radio host on the
planet," he likes to say). He is also the father of the
current era of talk radio, and an influential player on
America’s political scene. Before Limbaugh entered national
syndication in August 1988, political talk radio was nearly
dead and the AM dial was considered history. He revived and
revitalized it with a fresh style of humor-laced commentary —
or commentary-laced humor — now widely imitated by both
conservative and liberal talk hosts.
Limbaugh’s political clout has no equal among radio rivals.
The wave of newly elected Republicans, that in 1994 won
control of the House of Representatives for the first time in
four decades, called themselves the "Dittohead Caucus," using
the nickname of Limbaugh fans, and declared Limbaugh to be "an
honorary member of Congress." President George H.W. Bush
invited Limbaugh to visit the White House and sleep in the
Lincoln Bedroom, and the ceremony at Limbaugh’s third wedding
was performed by none other than Supreme Court Justice
Limbaugh’s influence has also been felt through what might
be called the Rush Limbaugh School of Broadcasting.
Appearances as guest hosts on his show helped launch the
national talk-radio career of Sean Hannity, as well as of
Michael Medved and Tony Snow.