KNCO Newstalk 830 pre-empted the Rush Limbaugh Show today to gather listener comments on whether the commentator’s three hour syndicated talk program should be pulled off the air following some controversial comments Rush made about 30 year old Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke after she testified to Congress about birth control. KNCO Station Manager Tom Fitzsimmons hosted the airwaves to get listener comments.
Comments are still coming in to the Radio Station. Fitzsimmons says there are no local advertisers who are a sponsor of the Rush Limbaugh Show but some of their commercials may play during his show in a random rotation. At least 24 national advertisers have requested that their commercials do not play during the Rush Limbaugh Show.
“Basically, Allied Bank, General Motors, Onstar, Mastercard, Netflix, Sears, you’re familiar with those businesses; they don’t want anything played on our radio station because we carry Rush Limbaugh. That’s the first time I’ve ever gotten anything like that. That’s from Cumulus Media Networks, one of the big distributors or radio programs.”
KNCO is under contract with the Rush Limbaugh show and Fitzsimmons says it would be a minimum of 90 days before the program could be legally cancelled if that is the direction the station chooses to go. He says Rush Limbaugh will be back on the air at his usual time tomorrow.