“We´ve had a tough go of it this last year,” Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey said Tuesday morning. “The facts are indisputable regarding the impact certain things have had on ad dollars." Dickey told analysts on the earnings call that his radio empire’s revenue was down $5.6 million in the first quarter of 2013 on top of a boatload of debt. Why? Parse the weasel words (“the impact of certain things”) and you’ll see that Dickey is blaming one man for the precipitous decline of right-wing talk radio’s profitability: Rush Limbaugh. El Rushbo is still a giant in the industry,
Comments: I suspect Limbaugh wouldn´t mind hanging it up, anyway.
I don´t believe it. The writer uses the annoying and lazy junior high buzz word "certain", which means he wants us to believe him but he doesn´t want to offer evidence. He also insults Limbaugh´s audience by saying they all wear depends. This is all carp. I still say his Fluke comments were appropriate. She publicly announced she is s slut, which is fine. Then she announced she expects me to pay for it without getting any of it. That is not fine.
I´m not going to click through an article by Avlon. The head of Cumulus made it clear from day one that he wanted to put his own guy Huckabee in Rush´s slot. Why would anyone buy time on Rush´s show on WABC when the station owner complains about it? No one is suggesting this means Rush will hang it up--in the case of NYC he can go to another station. I sold local radio time in NYC for 14 years from the 80´s thru mid 90´s. The big ad agency media buys usually had the following instructions: ´No Rush, No Howard (Stern), No Bob Grant.´ These 3 men generally had the biggest audiences but the agencies wouldn´t even consider them because they were ´controversial.´ What Dickey is whining about has been going on for decades. His problem is more likely the US economy and the fact that he bought the stations at the wrong time and paid too much. Huckabee is already a proven failure on radio.
Consider the source! Daily Beast??? Oh, they have credibility!?!?! What a joke.
The comments on the end of the article are proof. The liberals are totally insane. They despise Rush with every fiber of their being. They have NOT been able to take him off the radio and they cannot stand it.
How many times have we read headlines that Rush is done?
They´ve tried everything to get Rush. The POTUS has made comments about Rush in the Rose Garden for Pete´s sake! Remember when Clinton was being interviewed in St. Louis by a radio station and all of the complaints??
The libs have tried liberal talk show hosts that were supposed to rival Rush, but they couldn´t last.
IF Rush has indeed lost listeners, its not because of Sandra Fluke. It´s because people are fed up with the Societal ills and were disgusted that BO won the election and they needed a break from it all.
Last summer, up here in MA, we lost the ability to listen to at least 8 conservative talk show hosts. Gone without any discussion or comment. Now we have DJs with extensive (and I mean extensive)pauses between songs in which they "comment" on politics and current events. And they always sound like they are either on drugs or clueless. I guess if Rush goes away or on satellite, the liberals will have achieved what they have always desired....silencing the opposition. And without a word spoken about the event.
It´s part of the entertainment media´s race to the bottom. Rush has a much bigger audience but he´s far, far more expensive to carry. They are betting Huckabee will produce more net income off of less gross revenue. The same logic is behind the rise of all the mostly horrid reality TV shows.
Rush will be cackling all the way to the bank. As for the source of this drivel, it reminds me of The McLaughlin Group. Under Eleanor Clift [apologies for those of you attempting to eat], the graphic says "Newsweek/The Daily Beast". In my mind, she IS the Daily ´Beast´! Not to be confused with the Hildabeest Herself.
#8, Mark Levin has an app, as do others, so you should be able to listen to them, just not the ´usual´ way.
By the way, Rush is probably still the best ad buy for someone who wants to take their business national. A dozen years ago a client turned his low growth regional wholesale business over to the next generation. The son´s first goal was to open a national retail catalog/web operation. He advertised on Rush and was soon one of the top brands in his field.
I love Rush! Have listened since 1992 and have never heard any hate speech from Rush. He always has the best analysis of the political situation. He is also laugh out loud funny when he gets going. The left hates him because he is right and he loves this country. Right on Rush!
If Cumulus intends to drop all their AM stations, then it might make sense for them to drop Rush. Before Rush came along, AM radio was a dying medium - nobody listened to it, because it´s a noisy low-quality band (and modulation type) that is subject to all kinds of interference. Rush simply gave people a reason to put up with the aggravation that IS AM radio. If Rush goes, AM will be sure to soon follow.
Let me see if I understand this: Rush builds a large audience of listeners that generates millions in ad revenue over many years. Then for whatever reason there is a measurable loss in revenue due to a controversy over what Rush said on the air. But the audience is still massive, is it not? So any replacement for Rush must equal that massive audience to demand the same ad revenue per minute. And even if a replacement garnered more businesses willing to advertise with less audience numbers, would they generate an equal amount of revenue?
Rush & Levin are the best on the air....Rush may leave Cumulus, whether they want him to stay or not....He will only leave radio when he wants to leave, not when left wingers use their extensive Soros dollars to force him out. Beware of what you read, because much of it is a fabricated campaign to get rid of Rush.
He´s built up a level of trust among his listenership. He should have dispensed with that in 2012 for the severe conservative, etch a sketch, here today, gone tomorrow who-else-are-they-gonna vote for condescending establishment republicans? Roverettes and Romney enthusiasts don´t appreciate his listeners. You didn´t need Limbaugh to make that clear. You foisted a candidate you couldn´t sell, don´t blame him.
I haven’t completely made up my mind about it. So I’m just going to think out-loud for a moment. As Christmas presents go, it’s certainly closer to a really sturdy pair of socks than it is to a new bike. And that raises the first point I think people should keep in mind: If you’re of a mind to oppose it, fine. If you’re inclined to support it, fine. But can we please dispense with the overheated rhetoric about it? It is neither a triumph nor an abject surrender. Attempts to turn it into the Defining Issue of Our Generation (until the next one at least), do not help the GOP or the cause in any meaningful way I can see.
Let me add a word to my comments from Tuesday night supporting the budget deal. I continue to believe that, as a matter of policy, the defense increase—which at least begins to undo the very considerable damage from a wildly and disproportionately anti-defense sequester—swamps in importance everything else in the deal. Everything else is basically a wash. The defense increase is a real plus. I continue to believe that, as a matter of politics, the deal is very good for Republicans. If passed, it takes another government shutdown off the table, and allows Republicans to focus on fighting President Obama rather
It was a short sound bite but it was replayed endlessly yesterday, angering some conservatives and leaving liberals chortling. When House Speaker John Boehner was asked during a press conference with other Republican leaders about criticisms from conservative activist groups of the budget deal struck by Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan, he exploded: REPORTER: Mr. Speaking, most major conservative groups have put out statements blasting this deal. Are you – BOEHNER: You mean the groups that came out and opposed it before they ever saw it? REPORTER: Are you worried – BOEHNER: They are using our members and they are using the American people
MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana woman on trial for killing her newlywed husband at Glacier National Park told the FBI "I pushed him and I took off." The statement by 22-year-old Jordan Graham was heard on Wednesday, the third day of her trial. She is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody Johnson, 25. Flathead County Deputy Coroner Richard Sine testified that Johnson had an 8-inch fracture on his forehead and was not wearing a wedding ring when his body was found. Jordan Graham´s statement was in a recoding made by an FBI
Planned Parenthood’s 2012-2013 annual report is out, and a pro-life group has already found that the pro-abortion group received nearly $1.5 million a day in government funding over the year. “We are the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider and advocate, with more than 700 health centers across the country that will see nearly three million patients this year,” reads the report’s introductory message from Planned Parenthood chair, Alexis McGIll Johnson and president Cecile Richards. The report looks at Planned Parenthood’s impact, health services and financial situation.
I’m in a tough spot. Paul Ryan is one of the brightest stars in the Republican Party. He is a true fiscal (and social) conservative, and I cheered when Mitt Romney selected him as his running mate (although I wished Ryan rather than Romney were the presidential candidate, and I still hope he will be in the future). Ryan towers, literally and figuratively, over his Democratic opposition-turned-collaborators.(Snip)Some are arguing that no deal would be better than this deal; it is a refrain that you will hear from both the right and the left in coming hours and days. And in a
Following the release of the budget deal Paul Ryan agreed to with Patty Murray, there will be talk of a shift in Ryan’s political principles. The deal is being framed by its authors as a model of pragmatism, which is a good indication that it will conform to the belief that a fair deal is one from which both sides come away equally unhappy.(Snip)The truth is, most of Ryan’s career suggests he wants the gavel, not the veto pen. Such a career path, by definition, requires staying put. So the clearest evidence of Ryan’s aspirations was when he passed on
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) won positive reviews from skeptical House Republicans on Wednesday morning for the budget deal he negotiated with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), as senior lawmakers predicted a strong vote as early as Thursday. While some conservatives criticized the deal, lawmakers said there was little sign of the kind of revolt that has derailed Republican fiscal plans in the past. The House is likely to vote on the plan Thursday, and because party leaders expect significant support from Democrats, they are not sweating defections from the right flank. “We feel very good about where we are with our members,”
At the 11th hour last night, conservative Texas Rep. Steve Stockman filed papers to challenge incumbent Sen. John Cornyn. The immediate response from the chattering classes was as follows: There’s not enough time for Stockman to raise the requisite funds to win in such a large state, and even if there were, Stockman (whose campaign is in debt) probably isn’t capable of marshaling the kind of organization needed.(Snip)Conservatives who were once in danger of too much passivity are probably in danger of throwing some babies out with the bath water. Changing times call for changing roles, and it occurs to
It could have had a much different outcome. A family of six spent two days in the Nevada wilderness in sub-zero temperatures after their Jeep rolled off the side of a dirt road and into a crevice. James Glanton and his girlfriend Christina McIntee huddled with their two children, and her nephew and niece, keeping everyone together and keeping everyone warm. After they were found Tuesday, all six were in stable condition with "no frostbite, just some exposure issues," said Patty Bianchi, the CEO of Pershing General Hospital. Dr. Doug Vacek told reporters they all were doing "very well." So how did this
It´s the coldest case in American history. The settlers who inhabited the 16th century North Carolina colony of Roanoke mysteriously disappeared centuries ago, leaving behind only two clues: the words "Croatoan" and "Cro" carved into a fort´s gatepost and a nearby tree. Many conspiracy theories have been concocted as to what happened in 1590, a mere three years after the colonists arrived in North America, but none have proven fruitful. Until now. Technological advances and the discovery of a cover-up on an ancient map have let researchers unearth new clues that may help bring an end to the mystery of America´s lost
President Barack Obama’s health agency said it has spent $319 million building an online health-insurance marketplace through October. More than three years after the passage of Obama’s signature health-care law in 2010, it’s almost impossible to verify and track that spending through public records. What the estimates don’t include is the around-the-clock effort to repair the website, which hundreds of thousands of Americans found unusable after its Oct. 1 debut. The race to fix it brought in computer engineers from companies such as Google Inc., Red Hat Inc. and Oracle Corp. and is ongoing today. The figures include what has been paid to
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
President Obama’s job approval among American voters has dropped to negative territory with just 38 percent voicing their approval versus the 58 who says they disapprove, according to a national poll released Tuesday by the independent Quinnipiac University. That is one percent less than the 39% who said they approved of him in last month’s poll. The majority of the 2,692 registered voters the University in early December said that the president is not honest and trustworthy. When asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?,” respondents gave Obama lackluster ratings
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters:
If you go down on the ice today you´re sure of a big surprise - a rare glimpse of 20 polar bears gorging on a bloody midnight feast. These photographs show a rare cluster of males, females and cubs all dining out on the remains of a whale carcass. They spent a night and a day stripping every last morsel from the mammoth sea creature. Usually Polar bears are solitary and would never tolerate being so close to each other. But with food in plentiful supply and bellies dragging on the floor they seem too lethargic to fight.Wildlife photographer Michal