The Irreplaceable Man

I just took a look at the radio behind me in my home office. It’s an expensive radio. You could, if you wanted, listen to everything from submarines to Delta’s next cancelled flight. Then I realized that this radio hasn’t been turned on for a year. A whole year. And when it was turned on I only listened to a local radio station from noon to 3PM. That was when I listened to Rush Limbaugh.

I heard Rush’s first broadcast in Atlanta in 1988. Atlanta had attempted “talk radio” for a bit but the callers were usually on the lookout for their lost dog or cat. I was driving to work one day, and I heard this guy on the radio, and I couldn’t believe it. He was so radical, compared to the other blah blah talk shows. I remember thinking to myself, this guy won’t last two weeks.

And then he lasted 30 years and I listened to him for that entire time. I heard his first broadcast, and I heard his last. Once you were hooked on Rush, and he was habit forming, you had to listen. Why? Because he was saying what we all wanted to say. He called out the phony’s in DC for what they were. He loved America and he hated what liberals were doing to it. Yeah,  he was called a racist, homophobe, xenophobe, bigot, the whole vocabulary of liberal invectives.

He was a racist? Nobody knew until he died that his top assistant on that show, “Bo Snerdly , was a actually a black man. And Bo was his “official program observer.”

Rush often said he was born to do what he did, and I believe it. Because he was the consummate broadcaster. Remember, AM radio was dying. There was no Sean Hannity or Dan Bongino on AM radio. Everybody was tuhed to Easy Listening on FM. But Rush grew his audience to until  it was heard on over six hundred AM stations.

He told us when he first learned of his cancer. He was like that. He never held anything back from his listeners. But we all thought, “Oh, he has the best medical treatment in the world, he’ll beat this.” And he was  rich. He could have quit radio and spent his last year having fun, fulfilling his bucket list. But he didn’t. He stayed with us until that last day. And that’s when my radio went quiet, and it hasn’t been turned on since. Rush was one of a kind. Nobody can replace him and only a fool would try. But his legacy is that he opened our eyes to the rot in our government, and we haven’t forgotten it. He told us we had the power. He was right. You see it now as citizens all over the world say, “Enough.” We let bureaucrats control our lives for two long years. That’s over now. And I attribute our newfound awareness to Rush Limbaugh. My radio is still silent. As far as I am concerned, it died when Rush Limbaugh died. There is nothing to listen to now.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on and available from . .
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1 Response to The Irreplaceable Man

  1. subman631 says:

    OUTSTANDING tribute to Rush, Johnny!

    Tom Witman

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