Since Thursday, I've been obsessively refreshing my news search for Rush Limbaugh and just found this
Hilo, Hawaii March 5, 2012: New West Broadcasting announced today that it is discontinuing the Rush Limbaugh program on KPUA AM 670 in Hilo, Hawaii effective immediately.Short diary, but news to keep us focused.
Chris Leonard, President and General Manager of New West released the following statement this morning:
“We have always encouraged spirited discussion about national and local issues on KPUA and from time to time those discussions may be deemed by some to be objectionable. We are strong believers in the first amendment and have recognized Mr. Limbaugh's right to express opinions that often times differ from our own, but
it has never been our goal to allow our station to be used for personal attacks and intolerance. The most recent incident has crossed a line of decency and a standard that we expect of programming on KPUA whether it is locally produced or a syndicated program like the Rush Limbaugh show.
While much of the national debate regarding this issue is now being framed in political terms, the decision for us is one of decency and responsibility. Regardless of one's political views on the issue being discussed, we feel the delivery was degrading and the continued comments over several days to be egregious. As a result, we are discontinuing the Rush Limbaugh program on KPUA effective immediately.”
UPDATE. Rush lost something else. Only surprise for this next one is that he didn't lose it earlier. Peter Gabriel has requested that Rush cease using his song "Sledgehammer" on the show. Since Rush is opposite what Peter Gabriel has supported in the past, I assume (and his statement confirms) he did not know Rush used his song.
UPDATE #2 He's losing local advertisers as well
While Limbaugh apologized for his choice of words over the weekend, two local businesses — carpet cleaners Hadeed Carpet and Rug and replacement window company Thompson Creek — pulled their advertisements from WMAL (105.9 FM and AM 630), which runs Limbaugh's show, during that program.
Hadeed Carpet and Rug president Joe Hadeed announced on Twitter that the company had dropped its ads.
"ALL our #rushlimbaugh commercial spots have been PULLED," Hadeed wrote. "We do not support his inexcusable words/beliefs."