For the first time in almost 20 years, today I called a radio station. As I mentioned elsewhere, I don’t really want to socialize with people in the radio business, especially the big guys.
Erick Erickson is one of the people who is hoping to fill the void left by Rush Limbaugh. WSB-AM in Atlanta took their evening talk host and pushed him into the Rush Limbaugh time slot after they dropped Rush’s show.
Erick Erickson was the CEO of RedState.com. A few years ago, he sold Red State to Salem Radio. Eric is a lawyer and had served on the Macon Georgia city council, but apparently had a poor attendance record.
I don’t think he will be successful in attracting Rush’s audience. He’s extremely aggressive toward Republicans for not being conservative enough. He has called Donald Trump a racist and a fascist. Erick seems to think that Donald Trump should go to jail because of his phone call to Georgia after the election. For those paying attention, the news accounts have been retracted because they were hearsay, not what was actually on the recording. Erick is a political consultant and has appeared on CNN. This couldn’t be more different than Rush Limbaugh.
So I called one of his affiliates (WDDQ-FM in Valdosta Georgia) to confirm that his show is being carried. It took the pleasant woman who answered the phone 10 minutes to figure out that – yes they are carrying the show, from 9:00 p.m. till midnight Georgia time.
I don’t actually know if this show is going to be live anywhere. Each affiliate seems to have it at a different time of the day.
For what it is worth, I don’t think Dan Bongino is going to be successful either for many of the same reasons. While liberals tried to label Rush as a “shock jock”, he was nothing of the kind. In the 30 years he was on the air, I think he only asked people to call their congressman once, and the number of times he talked to a politician on the air you could count on one hand. He stayed away from subjects like abortion unless it happened to be in the current day’s news, like a Supreme Court decision. While Rush would tell you he was a Christian, his political beliefs were not rooted in religion, which he knew was a very divisive thing.
Rush knew that being outrageous or too activist would scare away advertisers. In the end that’s what matters more than the number of people who are listening. I’m going to predict right now that you will still be listening to Rush Limbaugh 10 years from now.