Skip to comments.Pittsfield radio station drops Limbaugh over remarks
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 Limbaughs offensive remarks last week toward Sandra Fluke.
"Certainly his comments were outrageous," said WBEC General Manager Peter Barry. "Theres 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 shows 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.
"Were 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 hes received dozens of emails from people around the country praising the stations action, while several loyal listeners of Limbaugh called WBEC Monday afternoon to criticize the move.
(Excerpt) Read more at berkshireeagle.com ...
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are quotes from the link shown inthe comments:
“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.
Can someone do some research on Peter Barry? I’ll bet he’s a big Lefty.
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.
“In addition, nine national sponsors have stopped advertising on the program”
We need to make sure these companies are boycotted.
I'd Love to see the before and after Arbitron numbers. Anyone got access to them?
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.
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.
12 emails? What a joke
ROTFLMBO! Only 643 more to go.
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.
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.
Anyone can listen live on internet. At Rush site you get parodies instead of commercials.
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...
“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.
Station will probably go bankrupt.
I guarantee it.
Will Obama Super PAC Return Misogynist Bill Maher’s Million-Dollar Donation?
“12 emails? What a joke”
Do you think us freepers might be able to hit him with double that number?
Wow—population of 45,000;western MA.
Big flagship station—not.
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.
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
South Burlington, VT 05403
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.
are divided. I think Rush needs Newt on his side since he can stand up to the media. Rush can't fight this alone.
>> 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.
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:
>> 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.
>> Rush is calling women sluts for taking the pill
You’re omitting key aspects of his point. What are you, a journalist?
Northampton is the Lesbian capitol of the world.
Seriously doubt an AM station can carry anyone with equivalent ratings.
Ummm... Peter Barry....buh bye!
I will pay to listen to Rush.
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.
Losing advertisers is one thing but when stations start to drop him that is a bit more serious.
I'm pretty sure I'm not the one acting hysterical about this.
May want to take another look. Non-hysterical people don’t resort to false paraphrases to make their point.
I was gonna whack you, but 0430 is early morn, so I shall whack you tomorrow evening.
Rush said no such thing.
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.
Me , too . If he went to Sierius XM , maybe I could pick him up in Jellystone or Lake Powell .
To paraphrase Rumsfeld (re. going into Iraq without the French), losing this station for Rush is like going deer hunting without an accordion.
The point is it has started. Never let a crisis go to waste, so they say.
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.
what did he say then?
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).