- Several right wing radio hosts and media moguls have begun scrimmaging over Limbaugh’s daily radio time slot.
- Shortly after Limbaugh’s death in February, Dan Bongino, Ben Shapiro, Charlie Kirk, and Sebastian Gorka began elbowing each other for room in the dog-eat-dog world of conservative talk radio.
- It seems unlikely in this new media age of micro-niches and narrowcasting, that any single pundit can unite the massive conservative audience Limbaugh commanded for decades.
Zachary Petrizzo from Salon writes:
“In the world of right-wing media, all pundits aspire to impact and direct the conservative movement as the late Rush Limbaugh did. Following the clown prince of right-wing radio’s demise, several radio hosts and media moguls have begun scrimmaging over Limbaugh’s daily radio time slot, and the title of conservative radio kingpin.
Shortly after Limbaugh’s death in February, figures such as Dan Bongino, Ben Shapiro, Charlie Kirk, and Sebastian Gorka could all be found elbowing each other for room in the dog-eat-dog world of conservative talk radio.
In the middle of March, Bongino announced that his new radio show would fill the time slot Limbaugh left behind, although broadcasting on a different channel. “The Dan Bongino Show,” starting on May 24, will begin airing in “select markets” from 12 to 3 p.m. Eastern. That hasn’t stopped Kirk, the Turning Point USA founder, from seizing a piece of the action, also claiming he is taking over Limbaugh’s time slot on terrestrial radio, via yet another channel.
“What an honor to join @77WABCRadio, New York — the flagship station of the Great Rush Limbaugh,” Kirk tweeted on April 9. “Tune in every weekday from 12 EST for coverage, updates, and analysis from the frontlines of the American Culture War, only on The Charlie Kirk Show.” Kirk’s program will be just an hour, from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern.
“I am thrilled and honored to take the same time and station where my friend and American hero Rush Limbaugh launched his national radio show in 1988,” Kirk said in a statement…”
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