Rush Limbaugh (1951-2021): A Giant of Talk Radio and American Conservatism

Rush Limbaugh (1951-2021): A Giant of Talk Radio and American Conservatism


Rush Limbaugh, the legendary broadcaster who pioneered talk radio as a political medium, and inspired millions of American conservatives, passed away Wednesday at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer that lasted over a year.

Limbaugh’s death was announced during the opening of his radio program by his wife, Kathryn. He had been absent for several days, the longest such absence during months of medical treatment;  his last live broadcast was on February 2.

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Born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Limbaugh was largely self-taught, leaving college to pursue his radio ambitions. He cycled through several radio jobs in the 1970s, and was dismissed over and over again before finding a job with the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball.

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He soon left that job and returned to radio, finding success at KFBK in Sacramento, California, where he began to develop a devoted audience as

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