An additional note on Rush Limbaugh, the $400 million man.
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I am writing this at 4:45 a.m. For the last week and a half, I've been getting up while the majority of you are comfortably in bed and hosting a three hour radio program from 6am to 9am here in Macon, Georgia. The channel, AM940 WMAC, is the Rush Limbaugh station in the Middle Georgia area.
I have always had profound respect for what Rush Limbaugh does. Those who hate him and are most critical of him, I have found, are often those who have never listened to more than an hour of his show. While passionately and uncompromisingly conservative, Rush is also a great entertainer.
After this last week and a half on the radio, I have even more respect for Rush than I did. You try speaking for 120 minutes non-stop off the top of your head with no written script in front of you (3 hours with 40 minutes of talk per hour). Try also to make sure you are engaging, entertaining, and have necessary information at instant recall to be informative. It's a damnably difficult thing to do.
Naturally today, the left is up in arms over Rush's deal. I am too. For what Rush Limbaugh does, Clear Channel got him cheap. It's easy to throw stones at the man, but it is virtually impossible to duplicate what he does.
Tony Snow has always been my favorite guest host for Rush. In the past year, however, I think Jason Lewis is my favorite. Both Jason and Tony are witty, very conversational, highly informative, and pleasant to listen to. Jason Lewis, in particular, has an impressive knowledge of economic and financial data ready at the recall to explain most any subject for any caller. Neither of them, however, are comparable to Rush in style, humor, or engagement with the listener.
As I head out this morning with IV of caffine, I have my well prepared stack of stuff, made all the easier because of what my day job is here at RedState — I'm constantly sifting information. The feedback I've gotten has been very positive. I will aspire to do what Rush does on the radio as well as Rush does it, but I also know that I never will reach his level. He is unique. And $400 million is a small price to pay for a man who does something better than anyone else on earth and who single handedly revitalized a dying medium.
And yes, I do make sure both of our children, though one is still comfortably in the womb, get their daily dose of Rush. After all, according to the New York Times, Rush Limbaugh listeners are smarter than NPR listeners and also 99% less pretentious.