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Rush Limbaugh Knocked Off Dominant Conservative Radio Station In Philadelphia

April 10, 2012

There are really no good ways to spin this story for Rush Limbaugh.  While the new home for Rush in Philly will come with a stronger FM signal, this is still a slap.

The Rush Limbaugh Show” is leaving the dominant conservative talk radio station in Philadelphia, one of the biggest radio markets in the country.

In its place on the station, WPHT, will go “The Michael Smerconish Show,” hosted by Mr. Smerconish, a native of the city.

The move does not appear to be directly related to the recent ad boycott against Mr. Limbaugh, which was started after he repeatedly attacked Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law school student, on his three-hour show. Two of his roughly 600 affiliates dropped the show in the wake of those attacks.

Nonetheless, the move is likely to gain attention because Mr. Limbaugh’s show has been under scrutiny lately. On Monday, a new competitor, “The Mike Huckabee Show,” started broadcasting nationally in Mr. Limbaugh’s noon-to-3 p.m. time slot.

Mr. Smerconish is a relative rarity on radio: a moderate. He has interviewed President Obama and has filled in for Chris Matthews on the MSNBC program “Hardball” a number of times.

One Comment
  1. April 10, 2012 4:57 PM

    Good. A moderate. Thanks for the update. Rush will have fresh meat again soon. Just think the number of people at his table are dwindling quickly.

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