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New Huckabee Radio Show Moves In on Limbaugh's Turf
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/19/12 | Christopher S Stewart

Posted on 03/18/2012 6:44:56 PM PDT by TonyInOhio

After decades as a dominant force in talk radio, Rush Limbaugh could be in for his biggest fight yet. But the threat isn't from activist groups who dislike his conservative politics. It is from one of his own: former Republican governor of Arkansas and onetime presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee.

Starting April 9, Mr. Huckabee, a Fox News Channel commentator, will go head-to-head with Mr. Limbaugh in a syndicated radio program airing in the noon to 3 p.m. Eastern time, weekday slot.

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To: TonyInOhio

I may tune in briefly when Mark Stein is not the host-sub.


51 posted on 03/18/2012 7:39:18 PM PDT by HChampagne
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To: TonyInOhio

Don’t watch his show cause it bores me to sleep, and won’t listen on the Radio either.


52 posted on 03/18/2012 7:40:47 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: TonyInOhio

But,but,but...Huck can play a guitar!


53 posted on 03/18/2012 7:41:13 PM PDT by moovova (Is Fluke REALLY pronounced Fluck?)
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To: TonyInOhio

But,but,but...Huck can play a guitar!


54 posted on 03/18/2012 7:41:13 PM PDT by moovova (Is Fluke REALLY pronounced Fluck?)
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To: TonyInOhio

Good luck with that, Huck. You lackluster turd.


55 posted on 03/18/2012 7:46:43 PM PDT by Washi (Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, one head-shot at a time.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

I love wilkow. He just seems genuine and closer to my age. Less commercials too plus he talks guns a lot and doesn’t harp on sports like Rush does


56 posted on 03/18/2012 7:47:47 PM PDT by hoosierboy (I am not a gun nut, I am a firearm enthusiast!!!)
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To: TonyInOhio

Nah, Huck won’t be a threat. He’s okay in 2 minute TV segments or interviews sometimes, but a 2-3 hour radio show?

Zzzzzzzz......


57 posted on 03/18/2012 7:52:41 PM PDT by prairiebreeze
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To: TonyInOhio

What all you nay-sayers don’t realize is that Huckabee is a “natural,” i.e., he is extremely fluent in the English language, and given some good material, he could take some of Rush’s audience away.

In other words, don’t be so damn snug.


58 posted on 03/18/2012 7:52:49 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: TonyInOhio
I can not stand to listen to Huckabee if they remove Rush I will just not listen to the radio. He sounds like he has marbles in his mouth when he talks.
59 posted on 03/18/2012 7:52:49 PM PDT by funfan
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To: TonyInOhio
A pee wee team playing in the super bowl. What could go wrong, you die laughing, maybe
60 posted on 03/18/2012 7:57:06 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: TonyInOhio
The Hukster is not conservative.

He is just putting on a act like Michael Savage who was a long time communist and now plays a “conservative” talk show host on radio. It, Michael Savage recently donated $5000 to democrat Jerry Brown.

61 posted on 03/18/2012 7:57:32 PM PDT by rurgan (Make all laws have an expiration date of 3 years. too many laws is the problem)
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To: TonyInOhio
Huckabee moves in on Limbaugh's turf
bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
62 posted on 03/18/2012 7:58:00 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Limbaugh: Tim Tebow miracle: "He had atheists praying to God that he would lose.")
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To: TonyInOhio
I hope the Huckster succeeds in radio. That way he will not run for office to let his beloved illegals in as creep Obama is.

Pleas suceed and do not run again!

63 posted on 03/18/2012 8:00:56 PM PDT by rurgan (Make all laws have an expiration date of 3 years. too many laws is the problem)
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To: TonyInOhio
After decades as a dominant force in talk radio, Rush Limbaugh could be in for his biggest fight yet. But the threat isn't from activist groups who dislike his conservative politics. It is from one of his own: former Republican governor of Arkansas and onetime presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee.

lol....yah I'm sure ol' Huck will give him a run for his money.

64 posted on 03/18/2012 8:03:26 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Why do you think the show “will play to the evangelical...”

What do you base that on? Huckabee is a huckster and is into ‘social justice’ and all that bs and to top it off he's a limp wristed RINO.

Btw, I'm a born again believer in Jesus Christ and there is NO WAY I would listen to that charlatan over Rush. NO WAY. Rush speaks what God loves best: Truth

65 posted on 03/18/2012 8:05:47 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (The biggest Hate group in America is located in the White House, Congress & DOJ)
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To: TonyInOhio

Charlatan radio will never take off.


66 posted on 03/18/2012 8:08:49 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: TonyInOhio
Maybe Huckabee can talk about freeing violent criminals. He can talk about the police officers that they killed.
67 posted on 03/18/2012 8:16:36 PM PDT by detective
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To: TonyInOhio

>>New Huckabee Radio Show Moves In on Limbaugh’s Turf

Seem extraordinarily unlikely.


68 posted on 03/18/2012 8:28:34 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

Kimball: You summed up the whole issue in two sentences.

Rush knows who the real enemy is. Huckabee and O’Reilly like to give them the benefit of the doubt way too much. I seem to remember this kind of thinking at a place called Munich, about 1938. Neville Chamberlain; Mike Huckabee - any relation?

There will be an opening on talk radio in a few months (i.e. Huckabee will be gone). Would you like a new job?


69 posted on 03/18/2012 8:30:44 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: TonyInOhio

OMG, there is no comparison. I’ve been listening to Rush for 20 years. He still informs, still entertains. Wouldn’t think of switching.

(and I doubt he’s the least bit concerned with the ‘competition.’ He KNOWS he doesn’t have competition)


70 posted on 03/18/2012 8:35:56 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: TonyInOhio

Laughable.


71 posted on 03/18/2012 8:38:36 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: TonyInOhio

Great! Maybe after Rush cleans his clock he will finally retire into obscurity.


72 posted on 03/18/2012 8:43:36 PM PDT by Scutter
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To: TonyInOhio

Huckabee replace Rush? Hilarious.


73 posted on 03/18/2012 8:44:57 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: TonyInOhio

I wonder what the author has been smoking. It won’t even be close. There is only ONE Rush Limbaugh. Ask the commie ‘RATS.


74 posted on 03/18/2012 8:51:59 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The first lesson you learn as a pollster is that people are stupid. - Dem pollster, Tom Jensen)
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To: Texas Eagle

Satire? LOL!! A very very funny comment and so very much correct.


75 posted on 03/18/2012 9:04:52 PM PDT by Dave W
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To: YouGoTexasGirl

I agree. Three hours leaves me wanting more Rush - anyone else, I sample occasionally and no one comes close. Rush’s Obamacare monologues are absolutely compelling. No one does it better.


76 posted on 03/18/2012 9:12:34 PM PDT by Dave W
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To: TonyInOhio

Ho hum is right. I don’t like him on TV and have no interest in him on radio. He is a “Cant we all just get along”? type, IMO.

No one has the depth of Rush — even his great substitutes. Huckabee can’t compete with Rush as he is not in his league.


77 posted on 03/18/2012 9:12:43 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: TonyInOhio

That’s the kiss of death...moving in on Limbaugh’s turf. LOL Huckster has not been helpful to the conservative movement. He has been great for the Rinos.


78 posted on 03/18/2012 9:25:07 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Vendome
I remember the 2008 election. To me, the only guy worse (then) than Romney was Huckabee. And they both grated, Romney because his specialty, then as now, was negative campaigning against conservatives and republicans. Huck was a populist, as in 'tax the rich,' and so on.

I was a Fred Thompson guy back then. And it has been pretty much downhill since then.

79 posted on 03/18/2012 9:34:32 PM PDT by CT (Make Mine Newt)
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To: Right Cal Gal
I live in Memphis and have listened to WBAP for years during the night (Red Eye), the morning drive crew, Mark Davis who used to be in Memphis, except when he has that twit Ben Fergerson filling in for him. You are right about the commercials, they are good.
80 posted on 03/18/2012 9:43:00 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: TonyInOhio

Fat chance. Nuckabee has no chance against Limbaugh.


81 posted on 03/18/2012 9:54:31 PM PDT by GilGil
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To: TonyInOhio

Maybe he should bring his guitar and sing with his guests. I can’t believe Romney can even stand the sight of him—ever since he gave votes to McLame to keep Romney from getting the nomination 4 yrs ago.


82 posted on 03/18/2012 10:07:47 PM PDT by RightLady (Liberty above all)
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"more conversation, less confrontation..."

So that's what Levin was referring to. He kept mockingly repeating and twisting this phrase during his show last Friday. I had no idea what he was talking about, but it was hysterical.

He kept telling "Mr. Producer" he was trying to be more conversational...and less confrontational. It turns out the target of his dripping sarcasm was the well deserving Huckster.

83 posted on 03/18/2012 10:08:16 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: ReneeLynn

Haaahahahahahahaaaaaaa. Who wrote this Ms. Fluke?

Is she related to Mr. Fluke-a-bee??


84 posted on 03/18/2012 10:10:32 PM PDT by RightLady (Liberty above all)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
"There will be an opening on talk radio in a few months (i.e. Huckabee will be gone). Would you like a new job?"

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Thanks for the kind words, Max! I HAVE been told I have a face for radio. If you or an aquaintance happen to own a radio station, I'd be happy to create an audition tape.

;-)

Hank

85 posted on 03/18/2012 10:20:20 PM PDT by County Agent Hank Kimball (Screw it. Newt's the smartest candidate and the guy I want to see debating Obummer. Flame away.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

I heard that too.....wondered what he was talking about. Too funny!

Hank


86 posted on 03/18/2012 10:21:52 PM PDT by County Agent Hank Kimball (Screw it. Newt's the smartest candidate and the guy I want to see debating Obummer. Flame away.)
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To: TonyInOhio

LOL...there are multiple other talk shows on at the same time as Rush already. Why would this one challenge his position?


87 posted on 03/18/2012 10:36:53 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: OldPossum
"What all you nay-sayers don’t realize is that Huckabee is a “natural,” i.e., he is extremely fluent in the English language...... In other words, don’t be so damn snug."

I would never be snug with anyone but my wife.

The idea, though, that Huckster's cornpone schtick will seriously compete with Rush is pretty amusing. I don't think talk radio audiences will be all that captivated by interviews with octogenarian singers and actors and jam sessions with Neil Sedaka.

Hank

88 posted on 03/18/2012 10:38:46 PM PDT by County Agent Hank Kimball (Screw it. Newt's the smartest candidate and the guy I want to see debating Obummer. Flame away.)
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To: TonyInOhio

The Huckster won’t pull any listeners from Rush.
But he might take some from Alan Colmes.


89 posted on 03/18/2012 10:51:09 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repubs paid as much attention to Rush as the Dem's do, we wouldn't be in this mess)
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To: TonyInOhio

I don’t see Huckabee cutting into Limbaugh’s numbers in any real numbers. I do enjoy his Sunday show on FOX; he often has interesting guests and musical acts. But talk radio is a very different arena from an hour long tv talk show, and no one is as good as it as Rush Limbaugh.

Rush is the man, after all, who eclipsed Bruce Williams in market share/listeners/affiliates for many years. Granted, Williams and Limbaugh had different shows, but Bruce was darn good at what he did, too. To surpass him in numbers speaks to Rush’s abilities. And Huckabee isn’t on the same level as either one of them, IMHO.

Now, I *do* think Huckabee could do well in another time slot. Hannity draws 5 million listeners a week, and he’s a bonehead. Huckabee is affable and experienced enough to find a profitable market niche, it just won’t be against Limbaugh.


90 posted on 03/19/2012 12:26:27 AM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ted Baxter (aka Bill O’Reilly) tried this sometime ago. Remind me how that turned out...

Ditto.
91 posted on 03/19/2012 12:31:36 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Andrew is good!


92 posted on 03/19/2012 1:22:54 AM PDT by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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To: TonyInOhio

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?


93 posted on 03/19/2012 2:00:28 AM PDT by 867V309
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To: TonyInOhio

I missed the sarcasm tag on this article. Elmer Gantry impeding on Rush’s turf??? Lol.


94 posted on 03/19/2012 3:07:13 AM PDT by johncocktoasten (Practicing asymetrical thread warfare against anti-Palin Trolls)
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To: TonyInOhio

Nobody can encroach on Rush.


95 posted on 03/19/2012 4:16:33 AM PDT by wastedyears (Signature for sale.)
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To: TonyInOhio

Huckabee couldn’t carry Rush’s jock.


96 posted on 03/19/2012 4:17:35 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: TonyInOhio

The Huck also has to go against Andrew Wilkow on satellite. Andrew is number one in that time Huck is done.


97 posted on 03/19/2012 4:24:16 AM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: TonyInOhio

There is a real art to catch and hold an audience on radio.

Just liking to jawjack won’t cut it. Many people who have tried it fail. They think it will be easy because they like to talk.

Huck does the fair and balanced thing. That won’t hold a radio audience.


98 posted on 03/19/2012 4:35:13 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Right Cal Gal

Sleep Train? Is that the sleep number bed?


99 posted on 03/19/2012 4:48:08 AM PDT by wastedyears (Signature for sale.)
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To: TonyInOhio; All; napscoordinator; AmericanInTokyo; Lazlo in PA; Engraved-on-His-hands; writer33; ...
I think the people who are saying Huckabee has no chance in Limbaugh's time slot have misunderstood his intent.

First off, anyone who thinks they're going to knock Limbaugh off the air (at least without FCC involvement) is stupid. I'm certainly not going to join a “bash Rush” bandwagon.

However, what many of the commenters here may not realize is what's happened in Christian radio since Dobson left the air. There is no major national radio talk show which fills the gap caused by Dobson’s retirement though there certainly are people and groups which try to do so. I'm very much aware of the 501(c)3 concerns that Dobson’s political activism was causing for Focus on the Family and for Christian radio stations, and I'm not blaming Focus on the Family for moving back toward traditional “safe” Christians topics which are less political than religious. Dobson was coming perilously close to inviting federal litigation against Focus on the Family and the Christian radio stations carrying his program, and while Dobson may have been able to win that battle in the courts, it would have been devastating financially for the program and for lots of small Christian radio stations which barely raise enough money as nonprofits to stay on the air.

What I am saying is that I believe Huckabee has a realistic shot, not at replacing Limbaugh, but providing conservative Christian political commentary on the radio that fills the niche Dobson once filled, and doing it on radio stations which don't have to operate under the government's restrictions on 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

As for those who think Huckabee is boring ... well ... I guess you're just not his intended audience. Isn't capitalism great? You can choose the product that best fits your preference in a free country like ours.

100 posted on 03/19/2012 4:51:22 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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