Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Controversial Talker Rush Limbaugh Started Career In Kansas City, Dead At 70

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.

Check the links . . .

Legacy.com: Rush Limbaugh (1951–2021), iconic conservative talk show host

Fox News: Hawley remembers Rush Limbaugh as a ‘proud son of Missouri’

Daily Beast: Rush Limbaugh, the Human Megaphone Who Hijacked the GOP, Dead at 70

Fox4: Missouri lawmakers react to death of political radio host Rush Limbaugh

CNN: Rush Limbaugh, conservative media icon, dead at 70 following battle with cancer

Peeps: Rush Limbaugh's Most Controversial Quotes

Fox News: Donald Trump mourns passing of Rush Limbaugh - ‘He is a legend, he loved this country so much'

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94 comments:

Anonymous said...

Missed opportunity dude.

Should have found a photo of him smoking one of his signature stogies.

Ren said...

^^^

Probably what contributed to his cancer.

Darren said...

Look at the stats, farm reports are actually just as well listened too. Political content is often all flash and no substance.

I like Rush and I like this blog. But ANYBODY can claim to be a kingmaker.

Let's not forget that he was actually very suspicious of Trump when he first started out. Far less than a fan.

Bryan M. Stalder said...

You can find his first wedding certificate and house deed in local public records; with his signature on it and everything. Pretty interesting to see where he used to live.

Anonymous said...

"Credit where it's due . . . Rush Limbaugh started an attack so merciless and effective"

And Satan's laughing with delight as Rush goes into that sacrificial night. He made vicious unwarranted personal attacks on the families of politicians acceptable (starting with Chelsea Clinton). I won't pretend to be sorry he'll be rotting in hell if there is such a place.

He'll be missed like a hemorrhoid would be missed.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I have nothing good to say about him, so I’m not going to say anything.

Anonymous said...

Patriot Rush Limbaugh.

Anonymous said...


Limbaugh is considered the most listened-to talk show host in history — beating out Howard Stern for the No. 1 spot over the last decade.

He'll be missed. R I P Rush.

Anonymous said...


Rush = class act

Stern= total douchebag

Anonymous said...

To paraphrase Bette Davis' comment on hearing of the death of Joan Crawford, "You should never say bad things about the dead, only good… Rush Limbaugh is dead. Good.”

Anonymous said...

Drug addict is what he was. And drugs have ruined America. Rush you helped destroy our great country with your illegal use of drugs.

Anonymous said...

Even with that big bottlecap screwed into his fucking head, he was very influential.

Anonymous said...

He claimed on national radio that Michael J. Fox, the actor was faking Parkinsons desease, to collect disability.

WHAT A HORRIBLE LIE! What business is it of Rush's if someone is sick?

Silvestor orgalthorp said...

Since celebrity deaths are know to happen in threes, here’s hoping Pelosi and Schumer are next

Anonymous said...

RIP Rush. A great man.

Anonymous said...

3:05 for President!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Good fucking riddance you piece of shit!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Newsflash! OxyContin stock prices fall to near zero.

Anonymous said...

He was a fraud. He hated his audience and was only playing a part that made him a very wealthy man. His contempt for the people who listened to him was legendary. He always made fun of them to his friends.

Anonymous said...

3:12

Go have Mommy get you a cookie with sprinkles on it.
Big Bad Boogeyman is gone.

Anonymous said...

Didn’t really know him and certainly didn’t listen to his show, but am very aware of his influence to advance conservatism in this county, and for that I am grateful to him!

Anonymous said...

Your dog is probably glad you found a place for your hate today, won't be kicking him

Silvestor orgalthorp said...

The reason there is such a vitriolic reaction to Limbaugh for thirty years, is because Rush gave voice to millions of Americans. Make no mistake about it, that is why they hate him. The very idea that an opposing view is allowed to not only be broadcasted, but people agreeing with him is not allowed by democrats. They tried to compete with him and failed. They even stated publicly that they were afraid that he was convincing people with his views
If democrats were not so afraid of him, and confident that their own views are better, they would be honest and present their philosophy openly and open for debate. But they don’t. They just brand someone as racist and nazis and think that’s all they need to do. That doesn’t work anymore, but they still do it
Rush Limbaugh will be remembered long after all his critics have been forgotten

Anonymous said...

^^^ FTW!

Anonymous said...

I thought Rush was divisive in the 1990's but then he seemed to mellow out.

His last five years, he advocated for the working class and even discussed the hypocrisy of the RINO's like Romney and Mitch McConnell.

I think he brought God into his life his last few years which made him an advocate for the little guy.

Anonymous said...

In A Nutshell

Pompous self-promoting carnival barker
Hypocrite
Multiple marriages, drug-abusing, vain asshole

Just like nearly all local/national media folks, he was in the business of advertising first, and any actual news reporting came second.

Was never a fan, and I'm an Independent/Lean Conservative.

Silvestor orgalthorp said...

He wasn’t a journalist. His sow was simply him giving his opinions on current events

Anonymous said...


Rush..the GOAT of talk radio!

Anonymous said...

He was an entertainer and political pundit. His clever weaving of those two roles is what made him unique and so successful. People are condemning him for laughing at liberals over his career. That was his schtick! Humor is wasted on the left as they cannot laugh at themselves. RIP Rush. As you pass you through the pearly gates, may you find thinks they way they ought to be.

Anonymous said...

It's telling . . . the prevalence of comments celebrating Rush's death. it speaks to character.

Celebrating a man's death seems a bit of a hollow victory/wimp move when the guy in question has kicked your ideological ass damned nearly every day for 30+ years

Steve L said...

I find it interesting the left says mean things about a man they disagreed with. Conservatives don't celebrate the death of political opponents. Tells you alot about the left. I've read comments from Hollywood...what dark depraved souls. Respectfully, Steve L

Steve L said...

Spot on! Most importantly he came to accept Christ in his last days

Anonymous said...

And yet Rush Limbaugh will still be dead no matter how many conservatives sing his praises. Weird.

Oswald said...

And 4:18 will eventually die no matter what he does. Funny.

Anonymous said...

One reason the right doesn't celebrate the deaths of leftist pundits, is that there are no leftist pundits who have any sort of impact or pose a threat.

Would anyone, other than a few journalists, notice if people like Rachel Maddow or Anderson Cooper were gone? Nope . . . and those two are probably the most well known.

Anonymous said...

Rush is demonized as a racist, homophobe, bigot because he used a form of extreme satire and absurdity to illustrate the absurdity of the left. The problem is the left is not bright enough to grasp the satire and think he meant everything he said literally. That makes it even funnier. Rush Limbaugh was a great entertainer, great American, and a great patriot.

Tab said...

1000 thumps up

Anonymous said...

To the person who comments on every blog and finishes every comment with weird. That's SO Weird.

Anonymous said...

^^Pay them no mind. That's Sperger boy.

Super Dave said...

Rush love him or hate him he knew how to get peoples attention. Most that hated him were those that didn't like his in your face truth on the matter or subjects. I didn't always agree with him but I disagreed with him a whole hell of a lot less. The man had the gift of gab on about any subject and could keep the talk going on almost any issue and much like me wasn't afraid to talk about anything rather he agreed with it or not.

A friend of mine's Dad went to school with Rush in their childhood days in Cape Girardeau and has many funny tales of Rush as a kid. In fact it was Rush who got them to share the stories of their business on YouTube and as a result made them a very popular YouTube channel.

As I said, Rush love him or hate him he was more right then he ever was wrong which says a lot about media personalities today. At least when Rush was wrong it was do to his own personal opinion and not an attempt to deceive the public with false information to sway public opinion.

chuck said...

3:22 Silvestor Orgalthorp for the win - I agree.

Anonymous said...

Rush had 15 million listeners, nobody comes close to that. He was a good man and will be missed.

Anonymous said...

He was run outta KC as an uncoachable employee. He became a comspiracy theoriest. I mean does anyone else believe in a cabal of baby eaters, a ray gun satellite that set the fires in cali and that Trump actually won the election with the lowest Presidential ratings and a flubbed 1st debate where Trump stammered like a 2 year old?

Anonymous said...

Ultimate redneck conman. He contributed to the infection of MAGA in this country. Hateful, opportunist jerk.

Unknown said...

I will miss him. Rip Rush.

Unknown said...

Shut up, Joe, and do what Kamala tells you to do.

Anonymous said...

Rush was a vile and evil bomb thrower and divided a nation, at least that is what I was told years ago. If you actually listened to the show he was humorous, intellectually rigorous and fun. Liberals who listened just long enough to be offended and switch off had their biases confirmed. Most didn't even go that far to form and retain an opinion since, as Rush often said, liberalism is intellectually lazy and requires, indeed seldom survives, critical thought. Those that listened longer were at least better educated for it and often ended up conservatives.

Anonymous said...

Rush had a great formula. Appeal to the uneducated redneck who wanted an excuse as to why their lives sucked. Blame others, feminazis, immigrants, blacks etc etc etc.

Anonymous said...

Say what you want about Rush, but he did not seek sympathy or whine that he had lung cancer. Practically worked until the day he passed away.

The hateful person that dominates this blog could learn something from how Rush lived his last few months with humility and peace.

Anonymous said...

Black People response to Rush Limbaugh dying. Black racists.

Central Park and Black Monday actress Janelle James wrote, “Knock Knock Who’s there? Not Rush Limbaugh. He died. #killing it.”

Anonymous said...

As recognized National mourning begins for this great conservative loss, all MAGAT penises will remain at half-erection. No blue pills for one whole week as dictated by the RNC and Dear Leader.

Anonymous said...

He analyzed politics better than you bitter assh*les will ever be able to comprehend and, unlike most other talk show jocks, seldom repeated himself so much that you wanted to turn to another station. That's why he was so popular.

Anonymous said...

6:19 only thinks about penises in his mouth. That's why he's always talking about them.

Anonymous said...


Missourah boy made good..made GREAT actually.. he'll be missed R I P Rush.

Anonymous said...

Jealous, unemployed Libtards in their mothers' basements seems really jealous of Rush today.

Anonymous said...

He was one of a kind and there will never be another like him. Talent on loan from God... how true and now he returned it to God.

Rest is Peace Rush.

We miss you.



Anonymous said...

Uhhh @6:49 - you're tslking about them now.

Anonymous said...

Bring God and Jesus into your heart as we all die and must account for our sins.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me I remember quite a few people gleefully exalting in RBG’s death. Fucking hypocrites. I’m glad he’s dead. I’m sure he’s in hell where he belongs. He was a fat, disgusting, pill-popping loser. Today is a great day for America! Only to be eclipsed when Trump dies. Ya! Rush died!

Anonymous said...

^^"Sperger Boi" @7:05 and 30 other times ..

Aspergers symptoms: dim view of life, inability to make friends..

which is why he's posting on here 24/7.

Anonymous said...

^^^and yet how would you know he’s postponing here 24/7 unless you’re here 24/7? Loser! Weird.

Anonymous said...

7:05 You're full of shit.

Anonymous said...

7:30 - postponing? What are you talking about?

Anonymous said...

7:30 You're full of shit.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he works all day and then sees these strings from an idiot dolt after work? Ever thought about that, bright one?

chuck said...

I sucked his cock before he was famous. And I'm proud of it, even as I suck his cock after he's dead.

Tab said...

God bless you Rush you told America the truth unapologetically

Anonymous said...

6:19: Hilarious except most of Rush's fan base would be hard pressed to achieve let alone remain at half erection.

Anonymous said...

7:23: And yet he's right. When RBG died we heard from some mighty sick puppies. Weird.

Anonymous said...

Could someone verify that Rush's embalmer drove a stake through his heart, assuming he had one?

Anonymous said...

7:54 is an idiot dolt.

Anonymous said...

7:52 When Mother Teresa died, a few people made jokes. What the hell are you talking about?

Anonymous said...

Glad he’s dead. What will all the geriatrics do now? Who will tell them what to do and what to think now that Rush is dead and daddy Trump has been deplatformed. These gerries need to be fed a constant stream of shit daily otherwise they can’t function.

Anonymous said...


Democrap libs taunt Rush's death..yet they worship pervs like Weinstein, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby,Slick Willie,Matt Lauer..and, of course..hair-sniffer Bidet..

Tracy Thomas said...

I knew Rush when he was a disco DJ, and during the year he worked at KMBZ.

I'll tell the story tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Rush left an estate worth 600 million dollars

Larry Kings estate is valued at 2 million dollars

Which one sold out to advertisers for $$$$?

Anonymous said...

Most typical people earn 1 to 2 million dollars over their entire life.

Rush lived in a 50 million dollar paid off house.

He was never "one of us". He was a self promoter.

A "conservative" living in a 50 million dollar house? Really? Was it nessasary?

The side walk at his house was probably wroth more than your entire home

Anonymous said...

Another dead MAGAT? I just can’t stand all this winning! Sleepy Joe knocked out another MAGAT leader! He’s invincible!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dobbs is fired, Rush dead, Trump is old and could die of natural causes in his sleep any night.

Its all over for terrorists that are part of MAGA.

Or, maybe by jolly, Rush is alive, faked his death, and oh my golly - he joined a cabal of baby eaters in a tunnel in DC and is hanging out with George Soros right now! Oh my gosh, oh my jolly, is it true? Could he be directing a dinner of babies with the supreme court judges as dinner guest in a network of tunnels? Oh no! Save me! Whats to become of democracy?

Anonymous said...

I lost respect for him when he became a illegal drug addict. He was naive. He fully believed in any conspiracy theory that lacked proof.

He also believed in bigfoot, the abomiational snowman, green monsters in the bedroom closet, spontaious human combustion, atlantis, sea dragons, lock ness monsters, vampires, zombies, that Kennedy was still alive, Hitler is alive and well in Venezula with Hugo Chavez, that michael Jackson was not a child molester, Nixon was honest, and Patrick Mahomes is actually Len Dawson in a disguise. In other words, RUSH WAS CRAZY.

Anonymous said...

Rush Limbaugh: Still dead.

Anonymous said...

^ Rush Limbaugh is not dead; he is obviously still living in your head.

Anonymous said...

And yet he must be dead. I heard it on Fox News. Weird.

Anonymous said...

paul harvey or rush limbaugh - either would do just fine.

Anonymous said...

^^Both currently sucking cock in hell. Yay!

Tracy Thomas said...

Hey, 11:21 pm and others:
to those who are obsessed with envy, including Rush's home, now valued at $50 million--

1.  He paid $4 million for it in 1998.  End of story.  Has your home in KCMO appreciated that much???

2.  He gave $50 million to the Lymphoma Society.  Just one of his many charities.

Anonymous said...

And yet he's still dead. Weird.

Anonymous said...

He gave 50 million to lymphoma - yet still smoked cigars and got cancer from them and died.

How frigging dumb was he? Pretty dumb. If you don't smoke, then your odds of lung cancer are almost zero. He was an asswhole anyway

Anonymous said...

Rush Limbaugh: Still dead and still sucking cock in hell!

Anonymous said...

Limbaugh, a cigar and former cigarette smoker, was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer on January 20, 2020, after first experiencing shortness of breath on January 12; he had previously questioned the link between smoking and cancer deaths, arguing that smokers were not at any greater risk than people who "eat carrots.

He also said that Covid19 was the common cold and could not kill anyone.

What a fool. His smoking was a on-way elevator he took down to the grave.

Anonymous said...

i knew him in '74 '75 doing progressive rock afternoon's as Jeff Christy at KUDL. He talked too much shit instead of focusing on the music, pissed off the audience and the program director ran him off. I heard that he gave up and went to work off mic as sales or promotions.

Anonymous said...

He was "uncoachable" as a DJ. Thats why he got fired so often. But as some rude people do, the finally find their niche in life and do well, in spite of their glaring shortfalls. His immitating Michael J. Fox's parkinsons tremors was just downright cruel. At least he died before Fox. So Fox can have the last laugh. Rush=Rude

Anonymous said...

Rude and still dead.

Anonymous said...

Dead and rotting. Was so tired of his voice. He had nothing worthwhile to say.Goodbye!