That’s the insinuation that’s already being made due to Politico’s report that Cumulus Media might not be planning to renew contracts with Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity at the end of the year:

News that Cumulus stations might not air Hannity and Limbaugh and might instead air liberal programming different conservative talkers has Media Matters fellow and one-man Obama administration spin machine Eric Boehlert turning cartwheels:

So, Media Matters folks automatically believe everything corporate CEOs say now, or just in this one instance? The next thing we know Boehlert will be quoting Roger Ailes as gospel, but only if it helps make a negative story about Bill O’Reilly click better.

Listening to the Left fantasize about the demise of conservative talk radio is like watching Al Gore wait for the oceans to evaporate, but year after year the predictions are made, and nothing happens:

As usual, the old saying “because you wish it so doesn’t make it true” applies.

Something else Boehlert probably won’t mention is that even if the Limbaugh and Hannity shows don’t air on Cumulus-owned outlets, they’ll almost certainly be airing on different stations in the same markets:

Premiere, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday night, is expected to carry Limbaugh and Hannity on stations in many of the markets where they are currently signed with Cumulus, should the negotiations not go through.

Wah waaah:

At this point, it’s all speculative, but these negotiations sound like natural attempts to cut costs on the part of Cumulus. Not every business has the luxury of being supported by tax dollars during these trying times in the Obama economy.

  • Sons of Reagan

    Maybe Rush or Wallbanger could negotiate to not carry @ABC @AP etc news on the stations they broadcast on!

    • GaryTheBrave

      Maybe they can negotiate to get Beck’s Blaze radio news just like they do on SiriusXM “Patriot” channel.

      • Jon

        Most Clear Channel talk stations are Fox News Radio affiliates. So if the shows shift from Cumulus to CC stations, that will be the top-of-the-hour news.

        • UpNorth2

          Both Limbaugh and Hannity are carried on Clear Channel stations in Michigan already.

      • travmantoo

        Would love to hear Rush on SiriusXM!

    • Elaine

      This rumor is all because his contract with WABC expires at the end of the year. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say about this on his show today! I’ll be listening. You know he will address this rumor in “RUSH” style. :)

    • celsma

      “Listening to the Left fantasize about the demise of conservative talk
      radio is like watching Al Gore wait for the oceans to evaporate” – That is HILARIOUS!

    • Caniac Steve Henderson

      works for me !!

  • TJ

    How many independent stations would jump at the chance to carry Rush or Sean but as the Cumulus station had the local monopoly they could not. Instead of the shows being on Station A as they where not going to pay enough to carry it Station B will carry it at the price they want.

  • RememberSekhmet

    Hey Boehlert,
    On behalf of Rush and Hannity, thanks for stoking a rumor about qa Rush and Hannity-free Cumulus Radio. This will just drive Rush and Hannity’s prices higher in the face of a potential boycott.

  • PingPongPalin

    See ya, losers!

    • journogal

      Why are they losers? Because you disagree with them? Pretty small-minded of you, isn’t it?

    • [email protected]

      You should get so lucky as a loser.

    • Ken

      You mean the liberal pundits? Yes, they are certainly losers. What will they say when Rush becomes even bigger just like with Glenn Beck and Michael Savage.

    • PMI

      aren’t liberals refreshingly open minded

  • Jack Deth

    Really important message to Mr. Boehlert:

    Business uses Dynamic Analysis. Liberals are incredibly Static in their knee jerk, bed wetting analysis. Hence, they are wrong to an embarrassingly consistent degree.

    Thanks for playing. Better luck next time.

    Though, it may be refreshing not to listen to ABC news at the breaks.

    • Garth Haycock

      Unfortunately, your comment will be lost on Boehlert, as every word save bed and wetting are words that he doesn’t understand.

      But you’re correct of course. Regressives don’t get how businesses work. That’s why Boehlert went into alleged journalism. He can get paid to be a moron in that field.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Many Rush Stations here in Florida have Fox News Radio at the top (and sometimes the bottom) of the hour… Jawamax 8<{D}

      • shay

        Same here in Upstate NY.

        • Jack Deth

          Hi, Jack. shay:

          Around DC, it’s WMAL with ABC for news.

          • creeper

            WLS in Chicago…an ABC affiliate.

          • Jon

            When Cumulus bought out Citadel, which bought ABC-Disney’s radio stations, including the big AM ones carrying Hannity and Limbaugh, part of the deal was to continue airing ABC News. Clear Channel, on the other hand, is the distributor for Fox News Radio (and Fox Sports Radio). So if they move off the old ABC radio stations, they’ll also move away from the ABC News broadcasts.

      • Katepatate

        We had CBS for years, but changed to FOX and I have to say, I like it much better.

    • Tammie Mills

      We’re supposed to LISTEN to ABC news breaks? That’s when I run the vacuum. My bad.

    • stuckinIL4now

      Yeah, I could do with not hearing the breathless bimbo Obamuh shill’n’groupie Ann Compton as she slobbers out her reports on the Prezuhdunce.

      • Vickie Van Dyken

        Ann Compton makes me ill. Why do they keep her around???? So we can all laugh at the BS she blathers forth??? Yeech give me a break….my dog could do a better job, and he dislikes Obuma :)

        • Mark Kortum

          My parrot loves Obama! They have similar brain sizes and love to repeat themselves over and over.

          • Terry Hess

            one up Mark!!! LOL!

      • Jack Deth

        Hi, stuckin and Tammie:

        That’s when I either mute my speakers or stop the streaming for about six minutes.

        Though vacuuming is good use of dead air time!

    • Clete Torres

      ABC News is the worst. The only redeeming feature they ever had was Paul Harvey, and he’s been gone four years now.

      • Katepatate

        I loved Paul Harvey. We need more like him. “And that’s the way it was.”

  • nc

    Yeah, right. 20 million listeners a day is NOTHING. Who needs that kind of following?

  • BAW

    I liked the, “hate programming doesn’t pay” comment.

    Isn’t that what progressive talk radio, Air America, proved when they filed for bankruptcy after just a few years?

    • Elaine

      And especially that NON partisan NPR. haha

    • Katepatate

      Liberal, progressive, leftists tell themselves lies every single day to make themselves feel good. That is why Hollywood gives itself so many awards. No one else likes them, but getting that golden trophy makes them feel better about themselves. You cannot trust a liberal, leftist any farther than you can throw him or her.

      • Harry Spencer

        That’s the best part of it. They lie to themselves and believe it. Limbaugh makes them doubt the liar they got the story from and they resent it!

  • Spydee

    Helloooo. Clear Channel bought 710 WOR NYC late last year & will be putting Rush & Hannity there in 2014 (along with mega advertising $$$).

  • freddy

    Too bad they played those amnesty commercials on their program paid for by Zuckerburg and continue to support Rove and Rubio. Some kind of conservatives they are.

    • thetreyman

      too bad you don’t get how advertizing with nationally syndicated shows work.

    • Brad

      I agree with you about those amnesty ads (the ones by the leftist “Citizens for America’s CONSERVATIVE future” I believe they called themselves. Feel free to correct me if wrong about this overtly leftist “conservative” group’s name). But I disagree with your assertion about them supporting Rove and Rub(e)io, as though there is blind agreement with them. Rush and Hannity have consistently called them out on this issue.

  • TocksNedlog

    Boehlert sneaks in under the wire and tops Joan Walsh for
    Tool of the Week!

    • Clayton Grant

      By a nose!

  • lesterwink23

    It drives libs like Boehlert crazy that they can’t impose their will on a free market and force guys like Rush and Sean off the airwaves, no matter how many temper tantrums they throw

    • jimpower

      HAHAHAHA!!! The “free market” just gave Limbaugh & Hannity a pink slip!
      I guess Romney didn’t get decimated in the 2012 election – he CHOSE to go back to being a job harvesting tool!

      • Jeremy

        You are dumb as Eric Boehlert.

        • TugboatPhil

          (psssst! that IS Eric)

      • j95lee

        HAHAHAHA! Limbaugh & Hannity aren’t going off the air! If Hannity goes off radio, he still has his own show on FOX!


      • Jeremy

        Yeah where are the wonderful voices on liberal radio Sgt. Schultz,Stephanie Miller,Randi Rhodes ha ha what a joke.

        • thetreyman

          well, schultzy and miller are going on some new regressive sirius xm channel. i only know because they have been advertizing the crap out of it on the blue collar comedy channel.

          • GaryTheBrave

            I heard that ad on Patriot. WTH?

      • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

        Ummm…no. Of course, if you can show me where Rush and Hannity are going off the air…oh, wait. You don’t have that information, do you?

      • TugboatPhil

        I’d rather have a job harvester than a job killer. Good choice last time around, tool.

        Oh yeah, get back to work. I need someone to pay for my welfare check.

        • Jim Wass

          I rather like the term “vulture capitalist”. Vultures are clean up the landscape and recycle carrion.

          • Katepatate

            We need way more vulture capitalists and way fewer pigeon welfare recipients.

        • Katepatate

          Better than a baby killer also.

      • pajamakat

        Why is it that libs always have to have “HAHAHAHA!!!!!” capped when they post? How childish. And I hate to break it to you, Rush and Hannity are going nowhere.

      • VerminMcCann

        Romney was reduced by one-tenth in the 2012 election? Weird. He seemed normal-sized when I saw him.

      • VerminMcCann

        Why are liberals constantly using words they don’t know?

        • journogal

          To appear smarter than they actually are…

      • forgetyoutooo

        Hey, it worked for a lot of thumbs up on Politico but you are not playing to the useful idiot crowd here, jimmyboy, go back home to libbyland.

      • TheOriginalDonald

        AS soon as CLMS goes into penny stock territory I bet Rush and Sean will BUY Cumulus and fire all the upper-level management

      • rimpy

        I am listening to rush right now

  • NCRelite

    Why are libs so threatened by Rush?

    • Jeremy

      They know liberal radio is a failure compared to conservative radio so,they are jealous.

    • Brad

      Truth threatens to puncture the Fantasyland bubble that the proglodytes have constructed for themselves to live in. See “jimpower”‘s post above.

    • SlimWich

      The truth has that effect on libs. It’s their kryptonite.

    • Elaine

      They are threatened by all conservative since they fear the that the masses will catch on to their agenda. Good thing they have the media to clean up after them.

    • SPQR9

      Because they fear competing on ideas.

    • Katepatate

      He tells the truth about them.

    • Rick Bowser

      I’ve often asked that myself. When considering that they have a near monopoly of the Media, and plenty of gullible empty headed sheep,that believes everything they tell them. I Guess even one guy telling it like it is, for them…is one too many!

  • frankieboy1

    Premiere is owned by Clear Channel and I suspect that the shows would immediately move to Clear Channel owned stations in each market if Cumulus drops them. I’m sure that KFI in LA would love to have Hannity on right after Rush; WOR in New York would take both Hannity and Rush happily from Cumulus-owned WABC; KKSF (clear channel) would welcome Hannity from KSFO, etc….Boehlert should do a little research on radio-he might realize how ignorant of the industry his comments are

    • GaryTheBrave

      Don’t John & Ken currently follow Rush on KFI? They pull in some good numbers. Maybe Hannity could be delayed to nights.

      Of course the Obama administration may just step in and, through the FCC and FTC, declare that Clear Channel cannot have the two largest radio audiences concentrated in one distributor through the largest radio markets. I wouldn’t put it past them.

    • nc

      Hannity already is on after Rush (different station KABC), then to GaryTheBrave’s question below, John and Ken is in the slot following Hannity (back on Rush’s station, KFI).

      Competitors in this lineup in LA include Dennis Prager, Larry Elder and Hugh Hewitt.

      With Bill Bennett starting the early morning and Mark Levin rounding out the evening, I tell you, we are in the Golden Age of Talk Radio.

      And this is by no means a complete list.

      • CatHerder

        We have both on KTRH locally

      • nickdqwk

        Kabc also throws the libs a bone with Geraldo, I believe opposite of Rush on KFI, I personally use Rush24-7 streaming off his web page.
        No commercials and lots of parody.

    • ceemack

      Boehlert knows every bit as much about the radio business as he does about journalism…which is to say, of course, nothing at all.

  • sodakhic

    Media Matters guru. All those libs look the same.

    • Jeremy

      Media Matters yeah the guys who sit around in their underwear and make up the news.

    • Golphin

      I read your comments so fast I thought you wrote Media Gutters.

      • Elaine

        I thought that’s what is was?

      • nickdqwk

        Media Gutters, yep works for me.

  • jimpower

    HAHAHAHA!! Hilarious rightwing spin! Limbaugh and Hannity get fired due to advertisers avoiding these turds like the plague, and in GOP-world that means Limbaugh and Hannity are not “renewing their contracts”.

    Just because it’s embarrassing for the head of the GOP to get sh1t-canned, is no reason to lie. But then, the day rightwing media stops lying they’ll no longer be rightwing media! HAHAHAHA!!

    • j95lee

      It helps to read the article before trolling.

      Is Air America still on the air?

      • Jeremy

        That is how the typical liberals operate and facts don’t matter to them.

        • V the K

          Just remind them that Glenn Beck made $90M last year, and they are pathetic losers trolling the comments of conservative blogs.

    • thetreyman

      you do know that you will be eating crow on this come next year don’t you?

      • beebop1952

        Crow? Crow? We ignore what we said and say we didn’t say it. Who’s gonna worry about something as trivial as a democrat opinion?

        • GaryTheBrave

          Twitchy, and Disqus, are FOREVAH!

      • Elaine

        By then they’ll be spreading some other rumor, true or not, since the truth doesn’t matter to them, only the damage they can cause using the ignorant masses. Liberals should have exploded by now if they had been eating their own words, but the media keeps coming to their rescue with the Heimlich maneuver!

      • TheOriginalDonald

        I wouldn’t wish Ms. One Sheet Of TP Per Bathroom Visit on ANYONE! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • $17227379

    Of the two area stations that carry both commentators, KEEL is Townsquare, the other station, KSYL is locally owned, so I don’t have to worry about losing them.

  • Jeremy

    Eric Boehlert is a dumbass.

    • Jarhead83

      jimpower is a powerful dumbass…

  • Moonbeam

    Big Rush Limbaugh Sponsors Continue To Leave, As Boycotters and The People Continue To Win

    – Yes, Mam! Big name companies as well as small locals, continue to dump Rush Limbaugh – about 2700 sponsors have departed so far.

    – The protests are clearly working. Limbaugh’s parent company, Clear Channel, run by CEO Bob Pittman and President John Sykes, has lost hundreds of millions in revenue since the boycotts began. Clear Channel is owned by Bain Capitol(yes, of the Mitt Romney flavor). And Clear Channel owns iHeart Radio.

    – A radio industry insider has confirmed the downward spiral of Rush Limbaugh on talk radio. Holland Cooke said that Limbaugh’s listenership has declined 36%, from a high of 22 million to a current 14 million. Cooke said furthermore that those who are still tuning in on a regular basis are fringe listeners looking for “survivalist” content.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Yeah, I remember how the libs claimed they were able to get Florida Orange Juice off Rush when it was really just the end of their contract. I call BS on your dubious “claims.”

      • Brad

        Like other libs, she/he/it pulled the claims out of her/his/its ample rear end. For every sponsor that left, at least TWO have replace them. These idiots repeat these same claims every year – yet Rush and Hannity ALWAYS get new and better sponsors/contracts, and they ALWAYS have 20+ million listeners. And Aruana will be back the next time (10 years from now) that their contracts are up, making the same laughable claims.

        And we’ll be here to laugh at them.

      • Moonbeam

        We shall see :)

        • Brad

          Yes. We shall see that you leftists are wrong. Again. As always.

          • Moonbeam

            Again, when were we wrong? Who’s caving these days – on everthing? The GOP doesn’t want to defund Obamacare. They are starting to cave on immigration. They are caving on a government shutdown. I’m not the delusional one :)

          • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

            Really? I’d love to see proof the GOP is “caving” on a government shutdown, but we both know you don’t have any, so…

        • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

          I’ve been seeing this same Leftist Fail-A-Palooza for decades, and you guys are STILL saying the same dumb stuff your side has been saying for 20-30 years.

          At least you Leftists believe in recycling, even if the stuff you’re recycling is crap.

          • Moonbeam

            MSM + Obama = Presidency :) Keep Limbaugh. You have a dying demographic : old, white people.

          • ServosT

            MSM + 0bama = Detroit.

          • Moonbeam

            And what does the MSM have to do with Detroit?

          • ServosT

            THe MSM is the enabler of the Democrat and the Democrat is the producer of policies that make Detroit what it is today. Now go watch Rev. Sharpton on MSNBC, he has all the answers.

          • Moonbeam

            The Main Stream Media “is the producer of policies that make Detroit what it is today”. How would it do that?

          • journogal

            Did you not follow what the poster said? MSM are the enablers of the Democrat party and the Detroit has been under Democrat rule since the 1960s. So, yes, MSM is partly responsible for the demise of Detroit.

          • ServosT

            Reading is fundamental.

            Resist we much!

          • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

            You assume I’m a Republican. I’m not.

            The problem with your analysis, such as it is, is that it overlooks one very important aspect of life: people get older. As they get older, they tend to get more…conservative.

            Chew on that for a bit.

    • floridavet

      Your comments are nothing more than liberal swill. You don’t cite any references or provide any links to your claims. Just because you believe it to be so doesn’t make it so. Keep holding your breath until Limbaugh goes off the air…but you might become breathless.

      • Moonbeam

        I would, but they are leftist, and we know how you guys love those :) So, what would be the point? You’re in denial :)

        • floridavet

          Yeah, right. We’ll see who is in denial. In the meantime, enjoy your fantasy.

          • Moonbeam

            I’m copy and pasting what I posted to Brad : Again, when were we wrong? Who’s caving these days – on everthing? The GOP doesn’t want to defund Obamacare. They are starting to cave on immigration. They are caving on a government shutdown. I’m not the delusional one :)

          • VerminMcCann

            So you’re saying Obama and company have been lying shamelessly, again, in claiming that those evil Republicans never compromise on anything?

    • NRPax

      So basically, your support for free speech is conditional. You have to agree with the person saying it 100% or your going to fight to get them off the air. How amusingly typical for a liberal.

    • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

      Wow. Another Rush boycott from the Left. It will go well with the other failed boycotts the Left has tried…

      • NRPax

        I guess Air America is gearing up to accept the advertisers that are leaving…

        oh wait.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Go fly AIR AMERICA, Aruana! ..Oh, wait… Jawamax 8<{D}

      • Moonbeam

        I’m sorry, we don’t need talk radio, we own the MSM :) I should probably not gloat, but that would be the MSM that helped President Obama win an election. Bam! Take that Limbaugh. If you go read the demographics of talk radio, you will find that it is old, white people who still listen to it. A dying demographic. Sorry!

        • Jon

          Clear Channel’s still the largest owner of radio stations in the country, and spent beaucoup amount of $$$ to buy WOR in New York last year, because Cumulus has been complaining about the price of Limbaugh and Hannity’s shows since they bought out Citadel and assumed their debt load (because they overpaid for ABC-Disney’s radio stations). Anyone paying attention knew they were trying to drop Limbaugh and Hannity to lighten their debt load two years ago, when Cumulus trotted out Mike Huckabee’s show in the 12-3 Eastern time slot.

          So it’s not as if Limbaugh or Hannity’s shows are going anywhere — they’ll be on Cumulus stations one day, and on Clear Channel stations in the same market the next day (though the L.A. maket could be a problem for Sean going live). And a few months after that, we can all check the Arbitron ratings and see if the shows have lost any listeners, and if the replacement shows on the Cumulus stations are generating the ad revenue to justify the lower cost of the replacement shows.

        • journogal

          Really? I am not old nor am I dying, so your demographics are wrong, aren’t they ? :) I am a white female, who doesn’t expect the government (taxpayers) to pay for my existence and listen to talk radio while I work :)
          By the way, everyone grow old and you will, too :) You will also be a part of a old people demographic as well, too! Ageism is not cute, because it’s those “old people” that you have faux disdain for that keeps this country running. You will find this out when your government freebies dry up.

    • JohnBreland

      Everytime I hear flatulance from someone like Aruana Zeelie, I smile. I’m encouraged to believe that at the end of the day, thoughtful, principled people will prevail over the mindless drones of the Left who invariably maintain that facts exist simply because they want them to exist.

    • VerminMcCann

      Honestly, it’s so bizarre that he ability to propogandize and stifle debate is such a source of pride for liberals.

      • Moonbeam

        Mmm, “fair and balanced” Fox News? Yup, very unbiased. MSNBC is a opinion network – at least they don’t make claims to be “fair and balanced”. They are unapologetically lefties.

        • VerminMcCann

          And like I said, your pride in your bias is astonishing.

        • VerminMcCann

          Though, that’s only part of what I posted isn’t it? The real problem is the left’s pride in its ability to prevent others from expressing, or even having, other points of view.

        • journogal

          Doesn’t Fox have both liberals and conservatives on to argument a point? Don’t they? isn’t Juan Williams a liberal? Alan Colmes? So, thus they are fair and balanced because they show both sides when debating an issue. What do you not understand. Oh, and please don’t bring up the commentators, such as O’Reilly and Hannity, who admit they are commentators not journalists. Journalists are Baier and liberal Shep Smith.
          It’s cute to see how much liberals HATE WITH A PASSION Fox News. Anything that doesn’t follow lock-step in liberal thought must be demonized and destroyed.

        • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

          Of course, MSNBC calls itself a news network, not an opinion network. Even so, recent studies have shown Fox News to be more balanced than CNN and MSNBC…and more trusted than them both.

          Hmmm…maybe Fox News is doing something right?

    • ServosT

      Rush doesn’t do “survivalist” content. Unless you think stocking his Ice Tea a survival tactic.

      I submit that Cooke is a loon.

    • Rick Bowser

      By the way,How is that Chick-Fil-A Boycott working out for ya? AHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Bemani Dog

    Cumulus has been doing a lot of stupid things with their radio business. It is hardly limited to this.

    • TC_LeatherPenguin

      Exactly. They’ve been slashing costs at all their stations in a desperate bid to keep their stock price from going into “penny” status. If WABC loses Limbaugh and Hannity (to Clear Channel-owned WOR) WABC will crater, ratings-wise. This is all posturing by Cumulus to try to negotiate a cheaper price to continue carrying Limbaugh and Hannity. It won’t work.

  • Maxx

    These impotent hacks have been trying to bury Rush for a quarter of a century now. Thought they had him after Fluke. How did that work out for ’em?

    Rush is still providing riveting political radio for millions each day while Fluke is lecturing 20 people somewhere between Sbarro’s and Sunglass Hut.

    • R.C.

      20 people… Your too kind to Miss Fluke. (maybe if we count shoppers)

      • nc

        And looky-loos.

  • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

    Ah, the latest entry in the Leftist “We got Limbaugh” contest…that has been going on for decades without success. But I’m sure they’ll get him THIS time, right?

    Of course this Politico piece was written waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back…in June 2013.

    • Bemani Dog

      Oh they’ve got Limbaugh, all right…on their radio dial and living rent-free in their heads for the past 25 years.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Bohlert is an IDIOT! Cumulus would never Fire of Lay Off Rush, because he’s their biggest Money-maker! And Hannity, although propped up by his show on Fox News, has enough listeners to be profitable as well.
    And, look at Glenn Beck, who has HIS OWN NETWORK, Production Co., etc. and still has enough to pay his employees well, AND give to charity. As far as I’m concerned, this is just an Idle Rumor, and I’ll believe it when Rush and Hannity confirm it themselves! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • agentm0m

    Like Rush will have any problem getting on stations. Cumulus will lose a LOT of advertising without those two and they know it. LOL!

  • Pat

    If they go “on air” with these negotiations, you know its all about the $$$$$. Limbaugh’s advertisers have come back or begged to come back b/c his shows sell product. Notice you don’t hear much about the MSNBC personalities salary negotiations, b/c they come cheap…real cheap. The power lies in the hands of Hannity and Limbaugh.

  • GaryTheBrave

    In Denver both Rush & Sean are delayed. Rush comes on at Noon MST on KOA & Sean is at night on KHOW. I’m not sure if they are both Cumulus or Clear Channel stations.

    • Snowed In

      KOA and KHOW are both Clear Channel stations.

  • bossmanham

    This myth that companies refuse to advertise with Limbaugh and Hannity is hilarious. That would get any marketing wing of any company totally overhauled. Not many people have 20 million potential customers listening to their shows. In fact, no one else in media has the audience that Limbaugh or Hannity have.

  • Jay L.

    It doesn’t matter to me who does or doesn’t carry them. I will find them on the radio dial, the internet, or my smart phone, and REMAIN AN AVID LISTENER. It will be Cumulus who will loses out when all of the Rush & Hannity listeners turn the dial away from them.

    • bossmanham

      This. I mean who does Cumulus think they’re going to replace Rush with? Anderson Cooper? Haha.

  • Pete McClellan

    while listening to Rush or Hanninty ……… whenever the CBS news breaks come on for top of the hour or bottom of the hour breaks…. I find myself turning down the volume on the radio so I don’t have to listen to the crap they are spouting as news! drives me completely nuts!

  • Truckie 117

    Lets hear what rush has to say today. Maybe he will announce his own broadcast business Two if by Tea Radio.

  • joedaddy27

    If Dave Ramsey can self-syndicate, then certainly Rush Limbaugh can. If Rush sets up the infrastructure, Hannity can come along for the ride and Levin can join eventually.
    Cume-less [inside radio joke] really thinks they can win with Huckabee and Geraldo? They will cut costs but lose MUCH more revenue!

    • stuckinIL4now

      Didn’t someone already try to run Huckabee against Rush and lose?

    • ServosT

      We get Geraldo, last time I checked, on Beck’s old slot here in Dallas. I can’t imagine him doing anything up against Rush and Dennis Prager (who is excellent.)

  • BOBO Philipp

    Rumor has it Art Bell is coming back to radio in some capacity…No, really.

  • arrow2010

    Maybe Rush shouldn’t have called Fluke a slut and he wouldn’t be in this predicament. I don’t get the Hannity bashing, he’s pretty boring. Maybe that’s the problem! You have to be entertaining on the radio and Rush is that.

    • thetreyman

      he gained about 3 million listeners for that. that is something you people will never understand. the more you guys make him controversial the more people get curious and start listening.

    • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

      Yeah, and maybe his long-time advertisers who jumped ship shouldn’t have done that…

      Meanwhile, Err America is…wait, I’m getting word…yep, Err America is still dead.

  • arrow2010

    But the fact remains that the Rush audience is quite old and not getting any younger. Young people these days listen to podcasts, not terrestrial radio.

    • Joel Jollymore

      Rush has a good chunk of the 25-54 male demographic, plenty to make him worth carrying.

    • journogal

      I listen to Rush and I am not old. People don’t fit neatly into boxes like liberals think they do. By the way, there isn’t anything wrong with old people. You’ll be old one day, too.

    • doitlive


    • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

      And your proof? Oh, wait, you don’t have any facts to back up your “fact.”

  • MikeRios

    I who Rush is and I know who Hannity is but who is Eric Boehlert? Never heard of him.

  • Phakt

    This will only drum up publicity. They will make more money off them than ever.

  • Nanette

    Amazing to me..haven’t people figured it out YET, the liberal media are twisters?? A lie is not only out right lying but, withholding information and twist a truth by adding speculation is another way of lying.Sooner or later, the low-information people will wake-up…humm.. maybe, well, is too easy for them to believe the twisters instead check out the truth!

  • Clauan

    I’ll just follow hannity and limbaugh where ever they go

  • Crappie

    Well, expenses must be cut somewhere to pay for The Un-Affordable Care Act BECKons…
    HANNITYville, USA…
    LIMBAUGHer cheezy…

  • Vickie Van Dyken

    who cares where he is as long as he is on the air??? Heck they could start their own channels….and come out ahead of everyone else.

  • Caves45

    Maybe one day the left will awake from there dream …or is it a night mare …HA

  • liberalssuck

    When Rush called Fluke a slut. I cheered! They are not going anywhere!! I think sometimes Hannity can be soft on Lefties, I still enjoy his show..

  • RLEE

    no just NPR and PBS get tax dollars

  • D3LN3GRO

    cumulus may have ruined KSFO 560 AM. but i think they had problems before cumulus.

    • Joe W.

      They sure did have problems. Being in San Francisco, for starters.

  • Robert

    I knew that I/we could count on ‘Twitchy’ for the straight dope on was is clearly some tough ‘business negotiations’ going on between Cumulus/Limbaugh, and Hannity, and not that there’s been any change in Cumulus’ overall ‘political philosophy’…

  • bob

    “Oh sure, it will drop two of the biggest money makers in radio history, and replace them with the likes of “sharpton, chris matthews, etc. Who would be crazy enough to believe something like this.

  • frgough

    My personal favorite is: Hate doesn’t pay. Guess he never heard of Howard Stern.

  • Chris Cresta

    If Rush leaves WABC, WOR will pick him up in a heartbeat.

  • Frodo Love

    Well people, it must be the beginning of the standard liberal election cycle. First they start with the sneaky stuff, distractions, public bait and switch, hypocritical lies, data mining, false FISA claims (oh yes, Holder has his fingers in many pies,) and the blatant, thin-skinned retaliatory attempt to stifle competitive disagreement and debate, by pulling the obvious third Reich Liberal and Obama-Chicago style retaliation. All in the name of business, or a “phony” outcry. Chicago style bullying, won’t work as easy this time, because to use a Hannity vernacular, “the Anointed one” and his despicable jack-booted devotees in the Liberal-Sheep-Media, and his well-placed governmental minions. Minions like unregulated, bias and power of the “New Obama SS”, the IRS, and the NSA and all their executioners, (yes, and thanks to, or more truthfully, Obamacare’s lack of popularity, the IRS now, thanks to the evil twins arrogance and lust for domination of the American people, that same IRS has brand new SWAT team, look it up on Google or ask your congressman). Or the propaganda arm of this third and half Reich, the number two Liar-in-Chief, Carney, who is second only to his majesty, the anointed one. Just because he’s black doesn’t mean that he is anything more than superficially and advocate, or a brother. Ask the hundreds of Mexican nationals that were killed by the Holder-Obama mindset, as well a our border patrol, or the dead in Benghazi, or the upcoming elderly that will be executed from the populous by Obama care death panels. Ask them if a two-faced master political bully, living high off ALL taxpayers, of all colors and persuasion’s money, (that haven’t been promised bailouts or political and monetary favors; …ask them if this new Anti-Christ is such a “cool” one-of-us messiah after all. Fool America once, shame on the Obamanites, fool America twice, shame on America. We have all been duped, by the hard-core extremist third-world, dictatorship-like, third Reich-like tactics and well funded lies, manipulation, data mining, and search and seizure high tech abuse of power, IRS, SWAT TEAM TACTICS, “I-don’t-know-anything” response system, from Holder, Carney, Hillary, or their classic blame everything on the Republicans approach. It’s been five years, even the dumbest among us can see that. Thanks to people like Hannity and Rush, and many others, with the backbone to stand up and say hey wait a minute, this is just not right, morally, fiscally, ethically, or constitutionally right; Thanks to Rush and Hannity, and in spite of the obvious extreme bias of the Liberal media, perhaps America, still has a chance to be aware, to get up off the complacent couch, put on their big-boy pants and stand up for this country, no matter what race we are. Together as one, instead of the racial divide being perpetrated by the new American Monarchy. Thank you Hannity and Rush and all others in the quest to balance the extremist, as well as the well paid, liberal left. with what used to be the basis for American liberty system of opposing views. Honest debate is what made America great, and has worked for over 200 years. Thanks to Rush and Hannity, (and by the way to hell with Cumulus,) the new nanny-state’s nanny, has turned out to be more than just a Bloomberg-Style mental case, but rather a Charles-Manson-style nanny with a mushroom in one hand and a knife in the other. Rush and Hannity voices will only be made stronger by this obvious abuse of power and liberal bias and it will be seen for the megalomaniacal, power-hungry, manipulators of the truth that it is. American has been turned in 5 years, into an obamanation at the expense of common sense, our wallets, the constitution, the lives of elder Americans and all of us who grew up with a full-time job and the chance to work and to live in a house of our own, and be someone, self-sufficient, or family oriented instead of indentured servants to the lust driven, money driven, power hungry, lavish dictatorship now in place. Rush and Hannity keep this monarchy as honest-as-possible, but unlike Hitler, or other dictators, Obama, even though he and Holder, Hillary, the IRS, the NSA and his military “yes” men have tried, they cannot kill, ruin, or scorn enough Americans, with the “REAL-PHONY-SCANDALS” purported by the REAL divisive liberal media and left extremist. Rush and Hannity will only become more popular, more vocal. This time they has started to wake the giant, and America, can and will be a “giant” again, in spite of the Divider-in-Chief. His selfish, self-perpetuating, lavish lifestyle, pathological need to lie and justify the unjustifiable, is starting to be seen for the snake oil, power grab, divisive political chaos to in effectiveness and greed, that they are. Hitler did it, Lenin did it. Putin is doing it, and how many have to die or have their lives destroyed? It will take the full ten years, unless, Obama care is repealed, Obama impeached, and Holder fired, and his government thugs in the IRS, NSA, military leadership. the extreme Liberal Media and strategically well placed power positions abolished or defrocked. How many will die, again, how much of our hard earned livelihood will disappear? And how many elderly will be left to “die on the ice” because of their age and “pre-existing conditions”?? The monarchy must die, here and now and the REAL America must be restored to her greatness. Rush and Hannity, Beck and other like them are the counterweights, the fair and “balanced” truths, that keep us from total collapse via media. This will only make them stronger, because this is NOT Germany or Communist Russia, or Hussein’s Iraq, it is America. Rush, Hannity and millions of others, more and more each day, are starting to see the Obamanation for what it really is. God bless you Rush and Hannity, and God Bless America! Now is the time to Wake up America!

  • Exangerousone

    Stick around and see where they go, they don’t have the highest ratings for nothing, in a sea of filth they are islands of sanctuary

  • Delphinus13

    Boehlerts ignorance of business is surpassed only by his stupidity. This is why Air America went down in flames financially and MSNBC routinely resides in LAST place for ratings, right there with the “Big 3” liberally biased network news shows.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Rush spoke at the beginning of his show today and here’s a line that sums it up:
    “You are gonna be able to get this radio program on as many, if not
    more, radio stations down the road than it’s on now, and what you’re
    being treated to is just a public business negotiation.”
    Rush refuses to get into a public negotiation and I applaud him for that. You can read the transcript of what he said at

  • Carolyn Palacios

    I will be listening to Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck. If they were playing on Air America, I’d hold my nose and listen. Liberals are sad.

  • helen willis

    I don’t know why Hannity and Limbaugh are being dropped unless Cumulus can’t afford them. Neither comes at bargain prices. To think that this will hurt either one of them is ludicrous. I think Hannity is gunning for Reilly’s spot, but I think that because with his talent, I know I would be!

  • OwnItObama

    The truth more likely is that Limbaugh & Hannity are dumping Cumulus at the end of the year when their contracts run out — NOT vice versa. Cumulus, quite frankly, started to suck wind as soon as they gave Geraldo a syndicated radio program (which also sucks).

  • Katepatate

    Rush and Hannity are not going away. Any stations that pick up liberal talk shows will immediately lose listeners and go downhill. Liberal anything never succeeds when it comes to people wanting to hear the truth. If you like to hear lies day in and day out, turn on a liberal talk show.

  • stuckinIL4now

    “At this point, itโ€™s all speculative, but these negotiations sound like natural attempts to cut costs on the part of Cumulus.”
    Cutting costs? Sounds more like Cumulus would be cutting off its nose to spite its face–by getting rid of Rush and Hannity Cumulus would be cutting off most of its income/profits.

    • Orpheus75

      Won’t it be interesting to see if the Titanic just hit an iceberg?

  • MovingToNevada

    Someone should ask Boehlert how Air America’s doing.

    • Orpheus75

      Almost as good as MSNBC. Not quite, but almost.

  • BJ001

    I love how some of the most hateful libs are always calling others hateful. Take a page from your own hate book, Boehlert.

    • Orpheus75

      You should have read the comments on Politico on this article. You would have been sickened by it. I read it yesterday, absolutely pathetic.

  • BJ001

    I guess Boehlert has forgotten what happened to that liberal attempt at talk radio called Air America.

  • FAS1

    But it’s okay for MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to spew his spiced diarrhea!!! Yeah…right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TallDave

    No one expects MMFA to understand how business works.

  • Buck Meairs

    The Obmamanation at work.Takeing away our freedom

  • David Mills

    Two Words: “Air America”. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Rick Bowser

    Boehlert must have been one of the masterminds behind Air(head) America. I believe i saw one of their ” stars” working the fryers at Burger King the other day. His “media savy” sure did them a world of good! LOL!

  • Dennis D Hockabout

    Sleep Train was a Limbaugh advertiser for years, bent under pressure and dropped him. After a few months they were begging to carry him again. It’s hard to win the race when you keep shooting yourself in the foot.

    • John Galt

      Or run in the wrong direction in the first place.

    • journogal

      Rumor is that Carbonite did the same to, and he turned them down.

  • lillymckim

    Looks like Politico lies again.

  • $22639970

    It’s always a treat watching imbeciles like Eric Boehlert try to think like an adult.

  • Ken

    Are liberals really this dumb? Or are they just trying to convince the low information voters they will disappear? They think that because Beck isn’t on Fox he disappeared when in reality he’s making more money and reaching more people now? Look at the Savage Nation. That show moved to another network and Michael Savage is making more money and reaching more people now. Everyone knows if you want to lose money, you invest in liberal talk radio.

    • Orpheus75

      I’ll hazard the guess that yes, Liberals really ARE THAT DUMB! I saw all the comments on Politico yesterday when I read the article. The Liberals were wetting themselves giddy over this news. And I couldn’t even begin to repeat the comments being made. The shear hatred and stupidity was amazing.

  • Radwarrior

    Re-posting because my original post seems to have gotten lost in the ether.

    I am very excited that there may be an opportunity for Rush to finally go on Sirius/XM. I know that terrestrial radio has been very good to him, and he has said that he has no plans to go satellite, but since its contract renegotiation time hopefully that will change. All of the other good ones are already on Sirius/XM. Hannity, Beck, etc…

    Though I do like having Rush on my local terrestrial radio station live (KVOR in Colorado Springs) and don’t expect them to quit carrying his show, I’d still enjoy having him on my satellite radio so I can travel/commute without having to search for him as I cross the state.

    • John Galt

      I just wish Andrew Wilkow would go to broadcast, or at least podcast his show for free. Had to slim down on expenses and sirius was one of the first things to go. : (

  • James Paul

    Liberals, before you get all happy, maybe you should ask yourselves, was that radio network so big because radio is such a great business or do people only tune in to listen to specific radio personalities? I would venture to say that Rush and Hannity made Columbus as prosperous as it is…

  • Skevvy

    Welcome to Clearchannel, boys. Or more likely, they will start their own syndicate and Cumulus will be history . . .

  • Orpheus75

    “it appears Limbaugh may learn the same painful $$$ lesson Glen Beck did: hate programming doesn’t pay”
    Hate programming? you mean like MSNBC? with it’s 2 or 3 hundred thousand viewers?

    Glenn Beck is doing better than ever in case idiots like you never bothered to check. But why let facts get in the way of your own hate. But then again, we’re talking about Progressive Liberals here.

    Progressive are amazing. They throw mud at the Right with hateful disdain, while making accusations of hateful disdain. Progressives are sickening to the point of being a malignant cancer in our society.

    The only thing Glen Beck learned is: you can’t say what you really want while stuck on a Progressive Leftwing hate channel, unless you speak THEIR hateful drivel. You have to start your own programming. And succeed doing so.

  • Mackie

    Full blown pipe dreams of the left. The conservative right has always had by far the strongest market in talk radio… The liberal left market barely squeaks by and like Air America was unsustainable even with cash infusions. The majority of Americans recognize at a point that the left does not fit the way they see their country and eventually tune out.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Rush teased about some comments on this that he revealed in a lengthy interview he did last night with Greta Van Susteren some of which will air on her FOX News show tonight so you gotta tune in to find out.

  • Always Vigilant

    If we are to preserve liberty from the shackles of pseudo-science and centralized power, we must understand and abide by moral standards that transcend the rule of law.