As we reported earlier this morning, Rush Limbaugh is allegedly in the midst of a battle with Cumulus Media, the distributor of his radio show. The company’s CEO has blamed ad revenue losses on the conservative talkers’ controversial 2012 “slut” comments about Georgetown student Sandra Fluke. Mediaite’s own sources confirm that the ad troubles in connection with Limbaugh’s show are, indeed, severe. In fact, one source within the radio advertising world with direct knowledge of the ad buys on Limbaugh’s show confirms the extent of the problem: “The vast majority of national advertisers now refuse
Comments: Limbaugh can just retire. He´s got plenty of money.
How many on that so-called list have seen their revenues drop like rocks and now want to come crawling back? Rush has said he had no problem filling the empty slots. The only article I give credence to is the one that had Rush´s own words included. WABC leadership is just doing a major CYA by blaming Rush.
Mediaite, put up or shut up. Oh, by the way, constraint of trade is civil offense than can be won. It would be hugely ironic is Rush makes more suing people that refuse to run his adverts than he does hosting his talk show.
Our local Clear Channel morning woman, Mandy Connell, says that Rush´s contract with Cumulus expires in December and that is the reason for the to and fro. Mandy says that Rush is probably leaving Cumulus and that is the reason the company is doing all the trash talk.
If Fluke is causing Rush to lose advertisers, this country is worse off than I thought. The woman couldn´t even get an audience at a rally she held. They tried the same thing with Beck & I haven´t bought Sergino cheese since.
People listen to Limbaugh to hear Limbaugh, not to hear the adds. I guess if he started advertising for the New York Times or ObamaMotors with his personal endorsement, rather than the goofy ads by local stations about Instant Erection products that Rush has no control over, it might be of some concern. Anyone who doesn’t join him in ridicule of silly Ms. Fluke wasn’t a Rush fan in the first place.
Here is something the average person may not know. Radio and TV ads are divided into two groups. 1. Ads are sold by the show itself. 2. Ads sold by the various outlet stations so they can insert local ads to the program.
If you notice on TV you may see a group of ads, then an announcer telling the name of the show and will continue "right after this". Then more ads. Note the second group are the local ads.
So it is with Rush, one group of advertisers buy directly to the show. Another group buy from whatever station is in their local market. I suspect it is this latter group who are talking about not wanting their ads played during the 3 hours of Rush, yet they will advertise on the other hours of the station.
Those who advertise directly with Rush I doubt will quit after seeing what happened to the mattress store in Calif who decided to boycott Rush a year or so ago. After a couple of weeks he was begging to get back on Rush and Rush told him to stuff it.
So watch for which ads the media talk about, those direct to Rush, or those sold by the various market stations.
I certainly would not believe any anti-Rush story coming from the Leftist Goons over at Mediaite. Especially if they think we will believe their "sources". That is an old trick to claim "sources". This story doesn´t pass the smell test.
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