It is with great sadness KTFS Newsradio has to inform you that Rush Limbaugh passed away today, February 17th, after a long and brave battle with lung cancer
Limbaugh's wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his radio show. "Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life," she said. "Rush will forever be the greatest of all time."
As reported by TheWrap.com, the Missouri native got his start in small-town radio stations in the 1970s under the name "Bachelor Jeff" Christie. He began using his own name on air while hosting in Kansas City in the early '80s, before moving to KFBK/Sacramento in 984, replacing the colorful Morton Downey Jr.
Four years later, Limbaugh landed a show in national syndication -- boosted by the FCC's 1987 repeal of the Fairness Doctrine that had required stations to provide free airtime to opposing views on controversial issues. That Reagan-era decision paved the way for Limbaugh and other conservatives to dominate the airwaves with talk radio that promoted Republican causes while excoriating Democrats and liberals.
From 1992-96, Limbaugh hosted a syndicated half-hour TV show that was produced by late Fox News founder Roger Ailes.His death comes a little more than a year after his announcement of a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer.
Limbaugh received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump at the 2020 State of the Union address, just one day after revealing his diagnosis to his listeners. He used his final broadcast in 2020 to emotionally share his gratitude with his listeners, saying, "My point in all of this today is gratitude. My point in all of this is to say thanks and tell everybody involved how much I love you from the bottom of a sizable and growing and still-beating heart."
The EIB Network let his affiliates know that in this time of sorrow, Rushs' voice will continue to be heard. "We will mourn together in a respectful way and celebrate the incredible life of Rush with his millions of loyal listeners."