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Conservative Talk Radio Icon Rush Limbaugh Has Passed Away

“The radio icon has passed away at the age of 70. He learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020.”

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Rush Limbaugh has passed away at the age of 70 following complications from lung cancer, his wife Kathryn announced on his radio show. “Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life,” Mrs. Limbaugh said. Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.”

The radio icon learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union address days later. First lady Melania Trump then presented America’s highest civilian honor to Limbaugh in an emotional moment on the heels of his devastating cancer diagnosis.

Limbaugh is considered one of the most influential media figures in American history, playing a consequential role in conservative politics since “The Rush Limbaugh Show” began airing in 1988.

As Fox News pointed out, Limbaugh’s program which began 33 years ago on national syndication with only 56 radio stations grew to become the most listened-to radio show in the United States, airing on more than 600 stations, according to the show’s website.

In his final radio broadcast of 2020, Limbaugh thanked his listeners and supporters, sharing that despite the odds, he had outlived his prognosis.

“I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.”

In 2003, Limbaugh checked himself into a treatment facility after becoming addicted to pain medication that he was prescribed following back surgery. Also in 2003, Limbaugh resigned from a brief role as ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” after making controversial comments about the-Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who the broadcasting legend said was overrated by media members who wanted to see a Black quarterback thrive.

Born in 1951 in Cape Girardeau, MO, Limbaugh broke into the radio business in 1967 at just 16 years old. He learned how to become a disc jockey in high school, working at a small station nearly 100 miles south of St. Louis. He would then go on to pursue local radio opportunities in Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Sacramento, and New York City before changing the industry with the launch of his national program “The Rush Limbaugh Show”.

Limbaugh’s longtime radio partner Premiere Networks sent out a note earlier today to affiliate stations to confirm the passing of the talk radio legend, and share details of how the network will operate in the interim following the loss of one of the nation’s most dominant voices. You can read the letter by clicking here.

Limbaugh is survived by his wife, Kathryn. Further details regarding his funeral are not available at this time.

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Dave Ramsey: We Have a Simple Strategy For Employee Compensation

“We figure out what people should be paid. We figure out what they can be paid if they went somewhere else. Because we don’t want them to go somewhere else, we want them to work here.”

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Dave Ramsey has built a multi-million company from the ground up. But his place in the talk radio landscape is a unique one. While hosting one of the most popular programs in America, he also serves as the Founder, Owner, and CEO of that multi-million company, leading him to talk about how he operates that business.

During his EntreLeadership podcast, Ramsey was approached by a caller asking how to go about asking for a raise because they felt they were underpaid.

That led Ramsey to reveal how he goes about deciding on raises and compensation for his employees at Ramsey Solutions.

“I get emotional about stuff, but having somebody asking about something about pay? I mean, we can talk about it but I’m not gonna give you a raise if you work for us based on a feeling,” Ramsey said. “We don’t do feelings in that regard. You’ll have to take your feelings somewhere else.

“Now a fact? Facts are a good thing. So we do comp studies. We figure out what people should be paid. We figure out what they can be paid if they went somewhere else. Because we don’t want them to go somewhere else, we want them to work here, and we need the help.”

Dave Ramsey concluded by stating their thought process is simply “We want to be fair in our pay, you want to be paid fair, but you’re not asking and you’re not being greedy.”

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Clay Travis Goes on Cross Country Speaking Tour

On Tuesday, Travis was in Atlanta, before hosting another speaking engagement in Seattle the next evening.

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Clay Travis is a busy man. Between hosting The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show and continuing to contribute to the outlet he founded, OutKick, he stays active. This week, he added a pair of speaking engagements on opposite ends of the country.

On Tuesday, Travis was in Atlanta and spoke in front of more than 300 attendees at Greater Georgia’s second annual Legislative Awards ceremony. As emcee of the invent, he welcomed severe guests including former U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and his Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, as well as State Rep. and Speaker of the Georgia House Jon Burns.

During his time in Atlanta, Clay Travis co-hosted his nationally syndicated show at XTRA 106.3 FM.

On the very next night, Travis spoke in the Seattle area at Hillsdale College’s National Leadership Summit, which drew more than 500 attendees. A sponsor of his radio program, Hillsdale College welcomed Travis to address politics, economics, and culture in his keynote address.

While he was in the Seattle area, Travis visited affiliate 1090 The Patriot, where he hosted The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.

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Stephanie Miller Named to Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame

“Each inductee has made important contributions to broadcasting in Buffalo.”

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The Buffalo Broadcasters Association has named its 2024 Hall of Fame class and longtime news/talk host Stephanie Miller is one of nine inductees.

Host of the nationally syndicated Stephanie Miller Show, Miller began her radio career doing comedy bits on WBEN host Sandy Beach’s program. She later moved into talk radio roles at both KFI and KABC in Los Angeles, among other career endeavors including acting and stand-up comedy.

“Our Hall of Fame classes become more impressive every year,” said Steve Monaco, president of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. “Each inductee has made important contributions to broadcasting in Buffalo.”

  • Other inductees include:
  • Nick Bakay (Actor, ESPN commentator)
  • Sheila Murphy (first female TV news anchor in Buffalo)
  • Mary Travers Murphy (WKBW-TV anchor)
  • Howard Simon (Longtime WGR 550 morning host)
  • Shredd & Ragan (Tedd “Shredd Kasten and Tom Ragan, rock radio morning hosts)
  • J. “Dooley” O’Rourke (WGRZ-TV news anchor)
  • Jim DiMino (Sales Manager Buffalo/Toronto Public Media)

The Hall of Fame class of 2024 will be officially inducted at a ceremony held on Thursday, September 19th at Samuels Grande Manor.

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