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Pittsfield radio station drops Limbaugh over remarks
Berkshire Eagle (MA) ^ | 3/5/12 | Staff

Posted on 03/05/2012 8:53:08 PM PST by ruralvoter

A local radio station has yanked the Rush Limbaugh Show from its airwaves in response to remarks in which the controversial talk-show host called a female law student a "slut" and "prostitute" over her support of health insurance coverage of birth control.

On Monday, AM 1420 WBEC , along with KPUA in Hilo Hawaii, dropped the weekday syndicated program because of Limbaugh’s offensive remarks last week toward Sandra Fluke.

"Certainly his comments were outrageous," said WBEC General Manager Peter Barry. "There’s no reason to resort to derogatory comments."

WBEC and KPUA are the first of the 645 stations that air Limbaugh to cancel the show. In addition, nine national sponsors have stopped advertising on the program. Limbaugh apologized over the weekend for his comments.

WBEC first announced the show’s cancellation just prior to its regular airing from noon to 3 p.m. The announcements continued throughout the three-hour time slot, temporarily being filled by a national sports talk program, according to Barry.

"We’re covering with Fox Sports News until we can find an alternative for Limbaugh," he said.

Reaction to WBEC silencing Limbaugh has been mixed.

Barry said he’s received dozens of emails from people around the country praising the station’s action, while several loyal listeners of Limbaugh called WBEC Monday afternoon to criticize the move.

(Excerpt) Read more at berkshireeagle.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: censor; limbaugh; radio; rush; rushsponsors; rushstations; sandytheslut; talkradio
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According to this article, two stations have pulled Rush's program. The quotes in this article may not show the full picture of the motives of General Manager Peter Barry. If you read his comments in the article at this link:

http://nepr.net/news/pittsfield-mass-radio-station-drops-rush-limbaugh-after-contraception-controversy

This can be interpreted that Barry possibly had a motive all along to pull the plug on Rush. He was just waiting for an excuse.

Perhaps we can email Barry to ask him. peterb@live959.com

1 posted on 03/05/2012 8:53:10 PM PST by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter

Here are quotes from the link shown inthe comments:

http://nepr.net/news/pittsfield-mass-radio-station-drops-rush-limbaugh-after-contraception-controversy

“The nature of Rush’s programming has always presented challenges for us and he’s always pushed the envelope. But this time he’s taken it too far.”

Barry says he doesn’t anticipate that the station will broadcast Limbaugh’s program in the future. He says the station has yet to fill the afternoon 12-3 time slot.


2 posted on 03/05/2012 8:55:07 PM PST by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter

Can someone do some research on Peter Barry? I’ll bet he’s a big Lefty.


3 posted on 03/05/2012 8:55:49 PM PST by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: ruralvoter

Just the kind of mistake that gets made when emotions or politics take hold of business decision.

Sounds like a competitor just got a prime opportunity for a ratings coup. Betcha they don’t miss the opening.

SnakeDoc


4 posted on 03/05/2012 8:57:07 PM PST by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less" -- Raylan Givens)
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To: ruralvoter

“In addition, nine national sponsors have stopped advertising on the program”

We need to make sure these companies are boycotted.


5 posted on 03/05/2012 8:58:10 PM PST by ScottfromNJ
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To: ruralvoter
"Barry says he doesn’t anticipate that the station will broadcast Limbaugh’s program in the future. He says the station has yet to fill the afternoon 12-3 time slot."

I'd Love to see the before and after Arbitron numbers. Anyone got access to them?

6 posted on 03/05/2012 8:58:17 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: ruralvoter

Maybe the station can fit Ed Sgt Schultz in that time slot, he’ll lose them a bunch of money and only calls conservatives sluts.


7 posted on 03/05/2012 8:58:26 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Mountain Mary

Remember, this is in Massachusetts. As of right now, Barry has lost two advertisers due to his decision. I don’t know if he has notified all of his advertisers of the change in programming.


8 posted on 03/05/2012 8:59:35 PM PST by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter

12 emails? What a joke


9 posted on 03/05/2012 8:59:50 PM PST by funfan (and his crew)
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To: ruralvoter
WBEC and KPUA are the first of the 645 stations that air Limbaugh to cancel the show.

ROTFLMBO! Only 643 more to go.

10 posted on 03/05/2012 9:00:26 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (the whole reason we have elected officials is so we don't have to think all the time. -Homer Simpson)
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To: ruralvoter

Rush is calling women sluts for taking the pill and Coulter is telling college students that she doesn’t think they should be able to vote. I see a winning strategy developing here, for the democrats.


11 posted on 03/05/2012 9:01:15 PM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: ruralvoter

They’ll probably replace him with Bill Maher. I’m actually surprised that he was on in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts to begin with.


12 posted on 03/05/2012 9:01:39 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for the DemocRAT voter base to start paying their "fair share" of taxes.)
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To: ruralvoter

Anyone can listen live on internet. At Rush site you get parodies instead of commercials.


13 posted on 03/05/2012 9:01:46 PM PST by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: ruralvoter

There are a lot of business people making really bad business decisions. If you’re selling bedding, legal services, radio ads, or whatever — betting against Rush is a bad career move. Don’t doubt me...


14 posted on 03/05/2012 9:01:49 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: RC one

Truth hurts.


15 posted on 03/05/2012 9:01:51 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: ruralvoter

“over her support of health insurance coverage of birth control. “

Not quite- her demands that a Jesuit college provide birth control for “free” is more like it.


16 posted on 03/05/2012 9:03:06 PM PST by DBrow
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To: ruralvoter

Station will probably go bankrupt.


17 posted on 03/05/2012 9:03:23 PM PST by mtrott
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To: mtrott
Station will probably go bankrupt.

I guarantee it.

18 posted on 03/05/2012 9:03:51 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: ruralvoter

Will Obama Super PAC Return Misogynist Bill Maher’s Million-Dollar Donation?

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/will-obama-super-pac-return-misogynist-bill-mahers-million-dollar-donation_633200.html


19 posted on 03/05/2012 9:04:16 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: funfan; ruralvoter; Mountain Mary; bigbob; Mad Dawgg; SnakeDoctor

“12 emails? What a joke”

Do you think us freepers might be able to hit him with double that number?


20 posted on 03/05/2012 9:04:44 PM PST by aquila48
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To: ruralvoter

Wow—population of 45,000;western MA.

Big flagship station—not.


21 posted on 03/05/2012 9:05:01 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: aquila48

Yes


22 posted on 03/05/2012 9:06:10 PM PST by funfan (and his crew)
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To: ruralvoter

Earlier in the day, the person answering the phone at the radio station said the decision was from “higher ups” which might mean the station owner and/or Barry. That has not been clarified.

The station owner does not appear to have an email or website. If you call their public number you can not leave a voice mail.

Station Owner:
Vox Communications, LLC owns and operates radio stations in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Texas. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in South Burlington, Vermont.

1233 Shelburne Road
Suite 190
South Burlington, VT 05403
United States


23 posted on 03/05/2012 9:07:16 PM PST by ruralvoter
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To: bigbob

Most lefty talk radio has the charisma and mass appeal of random static. I bet some stations will try to fill the three hours with an ersatz “conservative-lite”. But it wont be the same.


24 posted on 03/05/2012 9:07:40 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: RC one
>”Rush is calling women sluts for taking the pill”<
Really? Is that what he said?

Disingenuous much?

25 posted on 03/05/2012 9:08:03 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (New Tagline under construction, please watch your step.)
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To: ruralvoter
This is a signal that the radicals are moving to silence free speech while we

are divided. I think Rush needs Newt on his side since he can stand up to the media. Rush can't fight this alone.

26 posted on 03/05/2012 9:09:09 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: aquila48

>> Do you think us freepers might be able to hit him with double that number?

I don’t see why. Let another station pick Rush up in the same market, and pummel this guy in the ratings. Sweet justice.

SnakeDoc


27 posted on 03/05/2012 9:09:19 PM PST by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less" -- Raylan Givens)
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To: exit82

This radio station serves a rural area near the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. There are a few colleges in the area. Guess how they vote?

Here is a link to the 2008 presidential election vote:

http://www.city-data.com/elec08/BERKSHIRE-MASSACHUSETTS.html


28 posted on 03/05/2012 9:12:13 PM PST by ruralvoter
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To: RC one

>> Rush is calling women sluts for taking the pill

Heh. My wife took the pill for a good long time. If that’s what he said, pretty sure I’d be more offended.

He said this girl was a slut. He shouldn’t have said it. Stupid, thoughtless statement ... but, don’t get hysterical.

SnakeDoc


29 posted on 03/05/2012 9:12:39 PM PST by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less" -- Raylan Givens)
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To: RC one

>> Rush is calling women sluts for taking the pill

You’re omitting key aspects of his point. What are you, a journalist?


30 posted on 03/05/2012 9:14:38 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: dfwgator
I was in Boston the day after the Super Bowl. I heard two college-age females talking loudly. One said she was drunk by halftime and “woke up in some guy's bed...I didn't even know who he was....and he told me the next morning the Giants won.” Now, granted, that could mean more than one thing but is that something that should be stated out in the open in front of total strangers? Some decorum please.
31 posted on 03/05/2012 9:15:21 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ruralvoter
This radio station serves a rural area near the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. There are a few colleges in the area. Guess how they vote?

Unexpected! ;)

32 posted on 03/05/2012 9:15:40 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: ruralvoter

Northampton is the Lesbian capitol of the world.
Seriously doubt an AM station can carry anyone with equivalent ratings.

Ummm... Peter Barry....buh bye!


33 posted on 03/05/2012 9:15:54 PM PST by acapesket
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To: SnakeDoctor

I will pay to listen to Rush.


34 posted on 03/05/2012 9:16:24 PM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: ruralvoter

When the left takes back all of the horrible things they’ve said about Sarah Palin, then maybe I’ll give a frog’s fat a@@ about what Rush Limbaugh says.


35 posted on 03/05/2012 9:18:06 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: ScottfromNJ
I don't know why Fox has that goose egg buffoon Imus on in the morning. I wanted to knock his crooked eyes straight when he called Rush a fat loser this morning. You would think that loudmouth blowhard would keep his mouth shut since he knows what it's like being attacked by the self righteous hypocrites on the left. He's such a dirtbag.
36 posted on 03/05/2012 9:19:35 PM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: ruralvoter

Losing advertisers is one thing but when stations start to drop him that is a bit more serious.


37 posted on 03/05/2012 9:21:52 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: SnakeDoctor
but, don’t get hysterical.

I'm pretty sure I'm not the one acting hysterical about this.

38 posted on 03/05/2012 9:22:04 PM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: RC one

May want to take another look. Non-hysterical people don’t resort to false paraphrases to make their point.

SnakeDoc


39 posted on 03/05/2012 9:25:43 PM PST by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less" -- Raylan Givens)
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To: RC one

I was gonna whack you, but 0430 is early morn, so I shall whack you tomorrow evening.


40 posted on 03/05/2012 9:26:16 PM PST by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: RC one
Rush is calling women sluts for taking the pill and Coulter is telling college students that she doesn’t think they should be able to vote. I see a winning strategy developing here, for the democrats.

Rush said no such thing.

41 posted on 03/05/2012 9:28:19 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: ruralvoter

This morning in Hilo I turned on KPUA to listen to Rush. Instead of Rush there was a sports talk show. I wondered why Rush was not on and now this article has explained it. This is really not surprising, as this state of Hawaii is the most liberal of all states....and that includes Taxatuchetts.


42 posted on 03/05/2012 9:28:43 PM PST by Islander2
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To: Big Horn

Me , too . If he went to Sierius XM , maybe I could pick him up in Jellystone or Lake Powell .


43 posted on 03/05/2012 9:28:50 PM PST by katykelly
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To: ruralvoter

To paraphrase Rumsfeld (re. going into Iraq without the French), losing this station for Rush is like going deer hunting without an accordion.


44 posted on 03/05/2012 9:35:48 PM PST by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: rfp1234

The point is it has started. Never let a crisis go to waste, so they say.


45 posted on 03/05/2012 9:39:14 PM PST by ruralvoter
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To: SnakeDoctor

No, there’s no need to take another look at anything. He said what he said and he apologized for it. There’s no need to attack me for it either. I’m not your enemy. Blindly lashing out at everyone and anything is the only hysteria I see and i see a lot of it. Things aren’t looking good and folks are starting to realize it. That makes them angry and belligerent and that’s no way to improve anything. We should be focused on a dozen different issues but here we are.


46 posted on 03/05/2012 9:39:38 PM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: Irish Eyes

what did he say then?


47 posted on 03/05/2012 9:42:29 PM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: ruralvoter

Yep. The war is on! So as a counter, conservatives should cancel their subscriptions to Time Warner Cable (owner of HBO, which features that unapologetic scumbag Palin insulter).


48 posted on 03/05/2012 9:46:39 PM PST by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: ruralvoter

bttt


49 posted on 03/05/2012 9:50:57 PM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: RC one

+1


50 posted on 03/05/2012 9:51:18 PM PST by stormer
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