The death of right-wing media legend Rush Limbaugh was announced today and his origin story starts in Kansas City.
Limbaugh was born and raised in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Here's a glimpse at his humble beginnings in the cowtown media scene . . .
"In 1975 he became PD/afternoon host at Disco formatted 98.1 KUDL-FM Kansas City and then hosted nights at 1140 KFIX. Limbaugh would leave radio in 1979 and spent four years in sales for MLB’s Kansas City Royals before joining Full Service AC 980 KMBZ in 1983 and for the first time utilizing his given name. Limbaugh lasted less than a year at KMBZ before being fired and then hired at 1530 KFBK Sacramento."
Tribute to Mr. Limbaugh stands in the Missouri Hall of Fame, inside the grand rotunda of the state capitol in Jefferson City.
Right now we're more interested in local opinions on Mr. Limbaugh than sharing our own observations.
However, we will note that when he was honored with the Medal of Freedom there were some truly ghoulish remarks regarding his illness and impending demise along with tribute that actually overestimated his influence in a media segment that leans conservative overall but, actually, comprises a significant but still niche audience of the quickly fading American radio advertising market.
Credit where it's due . . . Rush Limbaugh started an attack so merciless and effective against "liberals" that he forced the left-leaning cognoscenti to rebrand itself as "progressive" given that his characterizations pushed the American discourse further right than any modern mainstream talker.
There's absolutely no denying the importance of this longtime media mogul who, undoubtedly, dominated Conservative discourse, created countless and far less talented clones along with providing a capable villain for his political opposition.
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