“The American dream has now morphed into an expectation. And if it isn’t provided, or if it doesn’t happen, then people feel cheated.” For those unfamiliar with this quote, it was spoken by conservative political commentator and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh whom we would now like to recognize as one of the most accredited pioneers of conservative polemic.
Rush Limbaugh started out as a disc jockey at sixteen years of age and would eventually go on to begin his very own show in 1984 named Sacramento which was on station KFBK. This was where he first began his continuous structure of commentary that was politically motivated and took various callers. By 1988 the show began to run nationwide from station WABC in New York City.
During the period of the Persian Gulf War, Rush Limbaugh’s radio persona began to rise in popularity as he continuously rebuked war protesters and did not shy away from vocally supporting the war endeavors. From here, his program continued to ascend in reputation and it was moved to the platforms that could support considerably more audience listeners. Amazingly he would eventually keep growing in prominence and reach as many as 650 radio stations all across the United States.
Limbaugh was able to solidify his position as an authoritative figure after President Bill Clinton was elected in 1992. Limbaugh accomplished this by once again being very outspoken but this time it was in his criticism of both Bill and Hillary Clinton as well as the Democratic party’s policies.
Thanks to Rush Limbaugh’s influence and unique approach to politics on the air, the face of talk radio has never been the same again. His very success has demonstrated to the American people that there was undoubtedly the opportunity and motivation to change the way that politics should be discussed, carried out and recognized.
He describes himself as conservative and delights in targeting several media outlets for declaring that they are objective. He blames independents, moderate conservatives and political centrists for the success of Barack Obama at the polls and enjoys enticing them to forever leave the Democratic Party.
In 1992 Ronald Reagan wrote Limbaugh a letter which thanked him for endorsing conservative and Republican principles. In 1992, 1995, 2000 and 2005 he was awarded with the Marconi Radio Award for being the Syndicated Radio Personality of The Year. By Talkers Magazine in 2002 he was rated as the greatest talk show host of all time and is in fact the highest paid syndicated radio host. In 2008 he was regarded as one of America’s most fascinating people and the list of his other achievements and awards goes on.
Despite some of the man’s controversial views, criticisms and outspoken measures, whether you choose to love him or hate him, it will not be denied that Rush Limbaugh will go down in history as a very influential figure that has unquestionably opened the door to 21st Century talk radio.