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2013-05-06 08:31:40 AM  
Spending money isn't relaying a political message. Not spending money however is speech.

This is what some people actually believe.
 
2013-05-06 09:23:45 AM  

cman: Spending money isn't relaying a political message. Not spending money however is speech.

This is what some people actually believe.


Don't threadjack this into a campaign finance thread.  That would be frowned upon.
 
2013-05-06 09:29:15 AM  
"Dickey's talk stations underperform talk stations owned by other operators in generating revenue by a substantial margin. It's not a single show issue... it's a failure of the entire station. And trying to blame Rush for that is not much of a business partnership."

If I wanted to boycott Rush, why would I tune into any of the other shows on that station?  I'd just avoid that spot on the dial all together.
 
2013-05-06 09:36:55 AM  
His next gig:

"Buenos dias! El Rushbo aqui por radio Republica Dominicana!"
 
2013-05-06 09:51:33 AM  

James!: "Dickey's talk stations underperform talk stations owned by other operators in generating revenue by a substantial margin. It's not a single show issue... it's a failure of the entire station. And trying to blame Rush for that is not much of a business partnership."

If I wanted to boycott Rush, why would I tune into any of the other shows on that station?  I'd just avoid that spot on the dial all together.


This, his show is umpteen hours long and I can't be bothered to know when exactly it is on.  So they would have to have a very compelling reason for me to tune in at all
 
2013-05-06 09:54:07 AM  
I'm surprised he broadcasted from a "libtard" state this long. I bet he'll choose a radio station in Kansas or something.
 
2013-05-06 09:54:52 AM  

EvilEgg: James!: "Dickey's talk stations underperform talk stations owned by other operators in generating revenue by a substantial margin. It's not a single show issue... it's a failure of the entire station. And trying to blame Rush for that is not much of a business partnership."

If I wanted to boycott Rush, why would I tune into any of the other shows on that station?  I'd just avoid that spot on the dial all together.

This, his show is umpteen hours long and I can't be bothered to know when exactly it is on.  So they would have to have a very compelling reason for me to tune in at all


And the radio station that airs Rush is probably full of other derp shows that I wouldn't want to listen to either.
 
2013-05-06 09:54:55 AM  
I was really hoping he was moving to the Dominican or something.
 
2013-05-06 09:56:05 AM  
Rush Limbaugh may leave Cumulus
Did anybody read that headline halfway through and start warning every Dominican boy they knew?
 
2013-05-06 09:58:14 AM  
If Sirrus is smart they'll sign him and force millions of teabaggers to sign up.
 
2013-05-06 09:58:45 AM  
he'll end up on XM then brag how 10 million people are subscribing just to list to him tell the truth about the President.
 
2013-05-06 10:00:44 AM  
He should retire.
 
2013-05-06 10:00:47 AM  

cman: Spending money isn't relaying a political message. Not spending money however is speech.

This is what some people {brainwashed by corporate owned "news"} actually believe.



improved.
 
2013-05-06 10:01:19 AM  

jake_lex: EvilEgg: James!: "Dickey's talk stations underperform talk stations owned by other operators in generating revenue by a substantial margin. It's not a single show issue... it's a failure of the entire station. And trying to blame Rush for that is not much of a business partnership."

If I wanted to boycott Rush, why would I tune into any of the other shows on that station?  I'd just avoid that spot on the dial all together.

This, his show is umpteen hours long and I can't be bothered to know when exactly it is on.  So they would have to have a very compelling reason for me to tune in at all

And the radio station that airs Rush is probably full of other derp shows that I wouldn't want to listen to either.


He gets preempted by the Cardinals here in ST. Louis when there's a day game on (both are on KMOX).
 
2013-05-06 10:01:44 AM  
If we really want to know who's trying to get Rush, we should just ask Kraft if any major media companies have bought large amounts of pudding recently.
 
2013-05-06 10:04:04 AM  
Meh. The libtards aren't listening to his show anyway, and never did, so I don't think they're boycott is actually working. All the advertisers need to do is just say they're not advertising on that show. Who'll be the wiser if they do? Libtards won't know, because they're not listening.

If they advertisers wanted to sell to the libtards, they would advertise on the libtard shows, not the repubtard stuff. Find your target audience, and advertise to them.
 
2013-05-06 10:04:57 AM  
the best solution for that corporated owned propaganda machine Rush Loudmouth would be to have an aneurysm in his big fat asshole.


he's done more damage to this nation and its fading Democracy than any Terrorist could ever dream of.

his last contract was for 400 million bucks over 8 years of 'service' to the Corporate Reich.
 
2013-05-06 10:05:28 AM  

ManateeGag: he'll end up on XM then brag how 10 million people are subscribing just to list to him tell the truth about the President.


That will ultimately be what will happen.

If he burns bridges with Cumulus, he's burning bridges with the 2nd largest radio group in the country (behind Clear Channel).

Moving his show from stations like WLS, WBAP, WMAL, to a bunch of smaller radio stations with a crappy signal isn't going to help him one bit.
 
2013-05-06 10:07:17 AM  

WTF Indeed: If Sirrus is smart they'll sign him and force millions of teabaggers to sign up.


That's the problem. There is no real boycott. There just aren't the listeners. Paying listeners don't exist in any commercially realistic force.

When you can get the highlights on YouTube or The Daily Show, why bother with a listening religiously for something you could share. That's now done for you.

When you're winding down after a peak, you tend to let people go, especially creative writers who already see the handwriting on the wall and have other offers.
 
2013-05-06 10:10:51 AM  
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2013-05-06 10:12:27 AM  
It sounds like he is losing his major syndication.......this isn't Rush moving this is Rush getting fired.
 
2013-05-06 10:13:17 AM  

thurstonxhowell: If we really want to know who's trying to get Rush, we should just ask Kraft if any major media companies have bought large amounts of pudding recently.


24.media.tumblr.com

Awww yeah.  You know what time it is...
 
2013-05-06 10:13:57 AM  
He'll make far more on local syndication... so...
Good move libs. May I suggest thinking beyond the immediate emotion?
 
2013-05-06 10:14:05 AM  
"It's a very serious discussion, because Dickey keeps blaming Rush for his own revenue problems," the source close to the show told POLITICO. "Dickey's talk stations underperform talk stations owned by other operators in generating revenue by a substantial margin. It's not a single show issue... it's a failure of the entire station. And trying to blame Rush for that is not much of a business partnership."

Uh huh.  And I'll bet that, last time Rush was renegotiating his jillion-dollar contract, at no point did he say anything like, "People listen to other shows on your station because of ME.  I did it ALL.  They tune in early because they know they will hear ME next.  They stay on after my show because they listened to ME.  ME ME ME ME."

Nope, Lardbaugh didn't bang that drum at all, I bet.
 
2013-05-06 10:15:10 AM  

ManateeGag: he'll end up on XM then brag how 10 million people are subscribing just to list to him tell The Truth™ about the President.


FTFY
 
2013-05-06 10:15:46 AM  

Spaz-master: He'll make far more on local syndication... so...
Good move libs. May I suggest thinking beyond the immediate emotion?


I see you have no idea how broadcasting works.

Tell me how burning bridges with the 2nd largest radio group in the country a good thing for Rush?
 
2013-05-06 10:15:56 AM  
Even if Cumulus's ad revenues are down, they would be idiots to lose their biggest draw.  There is simply no combination of talent that you could put up in that same time spot and come up with the same ad revenue compared to Rush.  They would really be screwing themselves by intentionally dropping him - it's like saying "oh, well, you may be the biggest asset our station has, but since you only earned us 400 million last year instead of 450 million, we're kicking you off.  We would rather make NOTHING than earn 400 million dollars!"
 
2013-05-06 10:25:20 AM  
Successful professional troll is successful.
 
2013-05-06 10:28:07 AM  

Shaggy_C: Even if Cumulus's ad revenues are down, they would be idiots to lose their biggest draw.  There is simply no combination of talent that you could put up in that same time spot and come up with the same ad revenue compared to Rush.  They would really be screwing themselves by intentionally dropping him - it's like saying "oh, well, you may be the biggest asset our station has, but since you only earned us 400 million last year instead of 450 million, we're kicking you off.  We would rather make NOTHING than earn 400 million dollars!"


It depends, if he's taking up 3 hours of airtime but won't get touched by the big brands, you could put three moderately successful hour long shows and make up with Kraft what you're losing from Cash-4-Gold.  They could also just switch formats entirely.
 
2013-05-06 10:28:13 AM  

Shaggy_C: Even if Cumulus's ad revenues are down, they would be idiots to lose their biggest draw.  There is simply no combination of talent that you could put up in that same time spot and come up with the same ad revenue compared to Rush.  They would really be screwing themselves by intentionally dropping him - it's like saying "oh, well, you may be the biggest asset our station has, but since you only earned us 400 million last year instead of 450 million, we're kicking you off.  We would rather make NOTHING than earn 400 million dollars!"


It's not Cumulus wanting to break ties with Rush, it's Rush wanting to break ties with Cumulus. Just because of one comment.

But to be fair, the whole right-wing talk format hasn't been performing as well as it used to and a few of them have switched to other formats as a result.

Here in St. Louis, the station that Rush is on is doing well in the ratings but that's because it also carries the Cardinals and the Blues.

The FM right-wing talk station here isn't doing so hot and is currently losing out to the local NPR station.
 
2013-05-06 10:31:03 AM  

Mrtraveler01: If he burns bridges with Cumulus, he's burning bridges with the 2nd largest radio group in the country (behind Clear Channel).

Moving his show from stations like WLS, WBAP, WMAL, to a bunch of smaller radio stations with a crappy signal isn't going to help him one bit.


It sure as shiat isn't going to help his future former stations, and anything that causes Cumulus executives to crash and burn is a wonderful thing.

Dickey said Cumulus's top three stations had lost $5.5 million, in part because of the boycott.

And by "in part" he means 2%. Maybe it was a blip in an election year, and here's Dickey a year after the Fluke controversy still trying to blame his farkups on somebody else. The other 98% of the losses is Cumulus executives being farking imbeciles.
 
2013-05-06 10:31:37 AM  

Spaz-master: He'll make far more on local syndication... so...
Good move libs. May I suggest thinking beyond the immediate emotion?



He'll make what he'll make. We'll see the marketplace give us a valuation of Rush's worth very soon, now -- at this very moment I'm sure there are some smart people combing through a few years' worth of Arbitron data, calculating how much revenue he's likely to bring, and contract offers will be drawn up accordingly.

According to a guy upthread his last contract was US$400 million for 8 years. Is he still worth it? Or maybe not so much? Soon enough a contract will be signed and we'll know.

The proof will be in the ... proof is in the ... Help me out, somebody.
 
2013-05-06 10:32:17 AM  

Shaggy_C: Even if Cumulus's ad revenues are down, they would be idiots to lose their biggest draw.  There is simply no combination of talent that you could put up in that same time spot and come up with the same ad revenue compared to Rush.  They would really be screwing themselves by intentionally dropping him - it's like saying "oh, well, you may be the biggest asset our station has, but since you only earned us 400 million last year instead of 450 million, we're kicking you off.  We would rather make NOTHING than earn 400 million dollars!"


Sounds precisely like the anti-Obama contingency that promised not to hire employees or to shutter their doors entirely because socialism. Seems like ideological par for the course.
 
2013-05-06 10:32:41 AM  
I used to listen to him in the 1990s and sometime, hell, all the time, he really stretches the hell out of his material to fill three hours. Looking back, I have no idea why I listened to him. He's a loudmouth blowhard who's only goal is ratings.

And he farked that up.
 
2013-05-06 10:33:09 AM  

Gulper Eel: It sure as shiat isn't going to help his future former stations, and anything that causes Cumulus executives to crash and burn is a wonderful thing.


Not a fan of Cumulus huh?

People always like to rag on Clear Channel but forget that Cumulus is basically the same thing.
 
2013-05-06 10:35:08 AM  

Shaggy_C: Even if Cumulus's ad revenues are down, they would be idiots to lose their biggest draw.  There is simply no combination of talent that you could put up in that same time spot and come up with the same ad revenue compared to Rush.  They would really be screwing themselves by intentionally dropping him - it's like saying "oh, well, you may be the biggest asset our station has, but since you only earned us 400 million last year instead of 450 million, we're kicking you off.  We would rather make NOTHING than earn 400 million dollars!"


Kinda like all those Rush-listening job creators who threatened to maybe work a little less because taxes might have gone up on those earning over $250K.  Why, with taxes going up over $250K, they might actually end up with a lower take home by earning more money!  Sounds like Cumulus might just be a typical Rush listener.
 
2013-05-06 10:36:48 AM  

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Sounds precisely like the anti-Obama contingency that promised not to hire employees or to shutter their doors entirely because socialism. Seems like ideological par for the course.


Damn you, B&A'sIP!!
 
2013-05-06 10:38:30 AM  

phaseolus: Spaz-master: He'll make far more on local syndication... so...
Good move libs. May I suggest thinking beyond the immediate emotion?


He'll make what he'll make. We'll see the marketplace give us a valuation of Rush's worth very soon, now -- at this very moment I'm sure there are some smart people combing through a few years' worth of Arbitron data, calculating how much revenue he's likely to bring, and contract offers will be drawn up accordingly.

According to a guy upthread his last contract was US$400 million for 8 years. Is he still worth it? Or maybe not so much? Soon enough a contract will be signed and we'll know.

The proof will be in the ... proof is in the ... Help me out, somebody.


blacksnob.com
 
2013-05-06 10:42:01 AM  
The discussions in TFA gave me cancer.
 
2013-05-06 10:42:28 AM  

James!: [blacksnob.com image 300x237]



ong-ray icture-pay. Geez...
 
2013-05-06 10:44:40 AM  
ooh long Johnson
 
2013-05-06 10:44:54 AM  

Gulper Eel: And by "in part" he means 2%. Maybe it was a blip in an election year, and here's Dickey a year after the Fluke controversy still trying to blame his farkups on somebody else. The other 98% of the losses is Cumulus executives being farking imbeciles.


I dunno, it's pretty bad when your political talk stations are losing money in an election year.

Not sure if it's Rush's fault, Cumulus's fault, or the format's fault. But it's definitely not a good sign.
 
2013-05-06 10:46:03 AM  

phaseolus: James!: [blacksnob.com image 300x237]


ong-ray icture-pay. Geez...


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Puu-ding?
 
2013-05-06 10:46:09 AM  
Christ I hope he doesn't end up on SiriusXM. I love my satellite radio, had it for 6 years now, and I'd hate to cancel it. :(
 
2013-05-06 10:52:44 AM  
I love the Limbaugh Logic Train here:

Limbaugh: "Something Galactically Stupid"
Advertisers: You have fun with that now, bye.
Network: Damn, it's hard out there for a sales guy thanks to the advertiser boycott of Rush.
Limbaugh: HOW DARE YOU! To suggest I had anything to do with this? OUTRAGEOUS!

At least own it, you human turd.
 
2013-05-06 10:54:00 AM  

thurstonxhowell: If we really want to know who's trying to get Rush, we should just ask Kraft if any major media companies have bought large amounts of pudding recently.


This struck me as very funny. You owe my office mates an apology. My snort and suppressed laughter may have disturbed them.
 
2013-05-06 10:55:41 AM  

James!: phaseolus: Spaz-master: He'll make far more on local syndication... so...
Good move libs. May I suggest thinking beyond the immediate emotion?


He'll make what he'll make. We'll see the marketplace give us a valuation of Rush's worth very soon, now -- at this very moment I'm sure there are some smart people combing through a few years' worth of Arbitron data, calculating how much revenue he's likely to bring, and contract offers will be drawn up accordingly.

According to a guy upthread his last contract was US$400 million for 8 years. Is he still worth it? Or maybe not so much? Soon enough a contract will be signed and we'll know.

The proof will be in the ... proof is in the ... Help me out, somebody.

[blacksnob.com image 300x237]


Non-political pet peeve: the actual saying is "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." It would only make sense to say "the proof is in the pudding" if somebody hid a murder weapon in a bowl of pudding or something.

But on topic: if Rush wants to shoot himself in the foot because his widdle feewings are hurt by his bosses being upset at all the revenue he's cost them? I'll go make popcorn.
 
2013-05-06 10:59:05 AM  

GoodyearPimp: thurstonxhowell: If we really want to know who's trying to get Rush, we should just ask Kraft if any major media companies have bought large amounts of pudding recently.

[24.media.tumblr.com image 475x353]

Awww yeah.  You know what time it is...


That's a whoooole lotta pudding Barry and Levon...
 
2013-05-06 10:59:06 AM  

Citrate1007: It sounds like he is losing his major syndication.......this isn't Rush moving this is Rush getting fired.


Came here to say this. I've been expecting this for a long time.

I think Hate Radio has lost it's freshness and Rush is leading the decline just like he lead the rise.
 
2013-05-06 11:03:06 AM  

MrBallou: Citrate1007: It sounds like he is losing his major syndication.......this isn't Rush moving this is Rush getting fired.

Came here to say this. I've been expecting this for a long time.

I think Hate Radio has lost it's freshness and Rush is leading the decline just like he lead the rise.


I also think that there are a lot of conservatives who blame Rush for being a major factor in Romney's failure.  He championed the GOP's anti-women rhetoric and turned voters away.  They realize that all he does is preach to the choir, but he turns away 5 for every one he preaches to.  His ratings are largely do to the Howard Stern effect, where a large percentage are people who listen to use what he says against him and the conservative movement.  This isn't a market that advertisers want to be in.
 
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