What a difference a year makes.Mannheim Steamroller, the Nebraska ensemble best known for its Christmas music, has a long history on the Rush Limbaugh Show. In fact, the group itself attributes much of its success to the controversial right wing talk show host going gaga for its dulcet tones every holiday season:
Mannheim Steamroller has long since crossed over into the traditional record media and retail outlets, and continues to be a favorite choice for radio shows throughout the world. Radio personalities such as Delilah, Jim Bohannon, and the enormously popular Rush Limbaugh, have long been fans. Limbaugh is credited with introducing a large audience to the various Steamroller Christmas albums. SaysDavis: "Rush Limbaugh started playing us on his show in December about 15 years ago. One time, I sent him an advance copy of a new Christmas album and he played one of our Christmas recordings in August. So, yeah, I guess you could say he is a fan."
Mannheim Steamroller's romance with the fiery radio host was still going strong exactly a year ago, when it posted this tweet:
RUSH: Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller. You know, when we started this program back in 1988, we started playing Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tunes during the Christmas season during the bump rotation. I'd not met Chip at that point. I think it was a couple years after we started that I finally met Chip and all the gang at Mannheim Steamroller. They had two Christmas CDs at the time. Now they've gone way big. I forget how many the have. I think five or six. Back then they used to tour from November through December, and they would have 12 or 13 stops, and they'd always end up in Omaha where Chip is, and they'd do their big finale tours a couple days over Christmas.
Ads ran very consistently across the country for a number of days while StopRush volunteers reached out and expressed their concerns to Mannheim Steamroller:
On Sunday Mannheim Steamroller announced on Twitter that they had suspended their advertising campaign on the Rush Limbaugh Show:
@MeAShrew the spots have stopped. Thanks for your deep concern for us.— Mannheim Steamroller (@MannheimSteam) December 8, 2013
#Stoprush Twitter's vibrant troll community worked hard to convince the Steamroller to continue the ads:
"You’ve been asking for it, folks, and here it is. Start the official Christmas time bumper rotation. Mannheim Steamroller, a 25 year tradition here on the EIB Network and they’ve got a brand new Christmas CD that’s out. Orchestral versions of the all-time favorites. Chip Davis and the gang, what a great, great, great group."
It's safe to assume that Limbaugh sees the loss of Mannheim Steamroller from his ad rotation as just the latest infringement upon his constitutional freedoms by a group of Jesus-hating baby killers. Nothing could be further than the truth.
The reason Mannheim Steamroller chose to remove their ads from his toxic show is the same reason nearly 3,000 other advertisers have done so. It's because they recognize that their brand would be irreparably damaged by continuing an association with a program that insults Catholics, trivializes rape, and heaps abuse on minorities of all types.
Such bigotry is no longer sound business practice.
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