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Mike Huckabee takes aim at Rush Limbaugh
politico ^ | April 7, 2012 | DYLAN BYERS

Posted on 04/09/2012 8:53:26 AM PDT by upchuck

On Monday, former Arkansas governor and one-time Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will launch a three-hour radio program on almost 200 stations across the country, going voice-to-voice with Limbaugh in the noon-to-3 p.m. time slot, Monday through Friday.

Cumulus Media, which owns and operates the new program, is already pitching Huckabee to listeners and advertisers as the “safe alternative” to a man who has recently found himself under weeks of intense fire - not for the first time - and who some believe could be vulnerable to a challenge from someone offering a kinder, gentler conservative voice.

“Our tagline is, ‘More conversation, less confrontation’,” Huckabee told POLITICO. “I’m going to treat every guest with respect and civility. Nobody is going to come on and get into a shouting match with me. That’s just not my style.”

Making a direct comparison with Limbaugh, John Dickey, the co-COO of Cumulus Media, adds, “This is going to be safer from a commercial standpoint, and more respectful from a listener’s perspective. I think that environment has been sorely lacking in talk radio.”

While representatives of “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” a Clear Channel property, and its syndicator, Premiere Networks, agree Huckabee will, in fact, offer a “safer” alternative, they strongly reject any suggestion that he poses a threat to Limbaugh’s audience and enormous influence. In their eyes, Huckabee is just the latest in a long line of would-be competitors who have never been able to measure up.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: goodluckandgoodbye; huckabee; hucktorum; santobee
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To: upchuck
*joke*
LOL! :-D
enjoy the fishin'/golfin' chuck! :-)

51 posted on 04/09/2012 9:33:05 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Kill all the terrorists; protect all the borders, ridicule all the (surviving) Liberals :^)
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To: upchuck
Amusing. I heard him some station the other day giving an interview and it ended with the host saying that he was joining the line-up -- EXCEPT they gave evening hours!

So I don't think he'll be going head-to-head with Rush in NYC.

52 posted on 04/09/2012 9:34:24 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: moovova
"And maybe, play the guitar with them..."

He's actually a bass player....and a pretty darned good one. That's one thing about his FNC show that I DO envy. He brings on some killer musical guests and gets to jam with 'em. I'd do the same in a heartbeat. :)

53 posted on 04/09/2012 9:36:04 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Kickass Conservative

LOL


54 posted on 04/09/2012 9:36:11 AM PDT by b4its2late (Patience is not a virtue, it is a waste of time.)
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To: upchuck

Huckabee will end up apologizing for his lame attempt at media attention.

Idiot.


55 posted on 04/09/2012 9:36:40 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: upchuck

‘More conversation, less confrontation’

Air America.

And I’ve wondered why so many Left Leaning Entertainers have been on his show lately.

Looks like his employer is using their clout to stack the deck.

Won’t work though. Rush owns his time slot.


56 posted on 04/09/2012 9:36:53 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I can’t stand him, to me he is not likeable. fox could do better then him.


57 posted on 04/09/2012 9:38:50 AM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: Cicero
That picture should be in the Top Ten Worst Family Portraits Hall of Shame.

The photographer is personally responsible for destroying Huckabees campaign. He either worked for a railraod or sold Ben Davis clothes on the side.

58 posted on 04/09/2012 9:42:42 AM PDT by muleskinner
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To: Arthurio

According to radio-info.com, one Willard Mitt Romney is the first guest

http://www.radio-info.com/news/mike-huckabee-show-launches-with-scheduled-guest-mitt-romney-staffers-named

>>It’s launch day for Cumulus Media Networks’ “The Mike Huckabee Show,” debuting live Monday, noon to 3 p.m. on 180+ stations around the nation. The former Arkansas Governor’s conservative political talk show is going for the big guns on day one, with scheduled guest Mitt Romney...In an obvious dig to Rush Limbaugh, Huckabee says in Cumulus’ press release, “I’ve spent the last couple of months gearing up and talking to listeners about the kind of talk radio they want: more conversation, less confrontation. Let’s get started.”


59 posted on 04/09/2012 9:43:02 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: upchuck
HUCKABEE WANNABE, HUCKABEE WANNABE
60 posted on 04/09/2012 9:44:14 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I can’t stand him, to me he is not likeable. fox could do better then him.


61 posted on 04/09/2012 9:45:29 AM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: RitaOK
Mark left with a mutual agreement. He's not soft on liberals. I have listened to Mark Davis off and on even before he left Memphis for Dallas.

A snotty little twerp, Ben Ferguson is replacing him for now. He has a local show in Memphis, and a national weekend show that includes WBAP.

62 posted on 04/09/2012 9:47:26 AM 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: upchuck

I wish Huck success and hope that his voice becomes more consistent with conservative claim. Rush always said “come on in, the water is warm”. The more voices the better, the more conservative the better.


63 posted on 04/09/2012 9:48:02 AM PDT by DaveyB (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. -John Adams)
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To: Cicero

Say, isn’t that John Candy?


64 posted on 04/09/2012 9:48:25 AM PDT by muleskinner
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To: upchuck

So now we have 3 RINO’s on radio? Bennett, Medved and Huckabee. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


65 posted on 04/09/2012 9:49:53 AM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: upchuck

Perhaps he could think of himself as a scholar and talk about education half the time. Oh wait we already have one of those. :-)


66 posted on 04/09/2012 9:51:05 AM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: upchuck
However I listen to him enough to feel safe in saying I do not ever remember him getting into a "shouting match" with a guest.

In the entire time I've listened to Rush, I can recall only ever hearing one "guest" and that was the Vice President of the United States (Cheney). Rush simply doesn't do the guest interview thing.

67 posted on 04/09/2012 9:52:19 AM PDT by Sloth (If a tax break counts as "spending" then every time I don't rob a bank should be a "deposit.")
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To: mnehring

LOL....a great comparison!


68 posted on 04/09/2012 10:01:19 AM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: allmendream
"Huckabee, for people as dumb as Delbert in ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou’."

You mean Delmar?

69 posted on 04/09/2012 10:06:13 AM PDT by redhead (Alaska: Step out of the bus and into the food chain.)
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To: upchuck
Will Huckabee pickup where Larry King left off?

"Little Rock, AR, you're on with Congresswoman Debbie Wassermann-Schultz, Hello."

70 posted on 04/09/2012 10:07:31 AM PDT by JPG (Hold on tight; rough road ahead.)
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To: GOPJ

Hucksterbee....upchucklebee.....


71 posted on 04/09/2012 10:10:20 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: jakerobins
This is going to be safer from a commercial standpoint, and more respectful from a listener’s perspective.

Michael Medved already has a corner on that market.
72 posted on 04/09/2012 10:10:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Lazamataz

In 6 months, Huck will..

1) fold

2) change his time slot to midnight : )


73 posted on 04/09/2012 10:12:13 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: upchuck

“Our tagline is, ‘More conversation, less confrontation’,” Huckabee told POLITICO. “I’m going to treat every guest with respect and civility. Nobody is going to come on and get into a shouting match with me. That’s just not my style.”


Typical of people who never listen to Rush, yet feel free to criticize him based on the lies of his critics.

When is Gomer Pyle going to just go away???


74 posted on 04/09/2012 10:14:03 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Obama is looking more and more like Trayvon's dad.)
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To: redhead

Dat be da one! ;)


75 posted on 04/09/2012 10:14:54 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Cicero

Is he going to be on Cumulus Media or the Cooking Channel?

76 posted on 04/09/2012 10:26:01 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: upchuck
Huck, God bless him, is wasting his time.
Half of Rush's popularity (like Mark Levin) is his bombastic nature, and that he's not afraid to stick a liberal in the eye with their own stupidity. It's irreverent, but it is fun (in reasonable doses). Trying to "counter" that with a "kinder, gentler" conservative is missing the point of Rush's show entirely!

Fact is, there already is a gentler, more serious - but still staunchly conservative - alternative to Rush in the person of Dennis Prager (or Medved, Romney-support notwithstanding).
If you're wanting more serious, but still very incisive, conservative talk, you really cannot do better than Dennis, IMO.
But if you want to laugh at liberals, Rush is King.

77 posted on 04/09/2012 10:33:30 AM PDT by Nevermore (...just a typical cracker, clinging to my Constitutional rights...)
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To: upchuck

Can’t stand to watch the huckster on Saturday nights, can’t imagine listening for 3 hours during the day.


78 posted on 04/09/2012 10:34:53 AM PDT by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: upchuck

Ahahahahahah!!!!!
This headline alone made me laugh harder
than all the answers to RetSignman’s apology post!

Good luck, Huck! You’re brave or deluded.


79 posted on 04/09/2012 10:53:49 AM PDT by CaptainPhilFan
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To: upchuck
They've got a very interesting marketing strategy in Arizona. Put him on very small Country and Western stations in very small towns. I love the C&W folks, but I don't listen to the music. AND, I can't even find a station that will stream it so I can hear the program.

My guess is that, in our state, he has a listening audience of many hundreds--certainly not many thousands. Or, if the Country and Western folks are irritated at him for interrupting the music, he may have an audience of many dozens.
80 posted on 04/09/2012 10:55:09 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: mnehring
Akin to Gomer Pyle fighting Chuck Norris. This should be no contest.

Great analogy. Gomer is about as close to a real Marine as Huckabee is to Rush. The only thing Huckabee has in common with Rush is his gender and skin color. After that Huckabee loses in ever contest. This won't last ninety days.

I predict that Huckabee will be touting his ratings on the days that Major League Baseball pre-empts Rush on those stations which broadcast games.

Regards,

TS

81 posted on 04/09/2012 10:56:53 AM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: OldPossum
giggle. I'll bet millions of people think you're a silly ole dingbat.
82 posted on 04/09/2012 10:59:27 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: upchuck
Granted, I do not listen to Rush everyday. However I listen to him enough to feel safe in saying I do not ever remember him getting into a "shouting match" with a guest

That may be because he doesn't have "guests". Granted, occasionally, he will have an interview with someone (like Dick Cheney); but, it is a rare occurance.

83 posted on 04/09/2012 11:00:36 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: upchuck

Better tagline......(have milquetoast with your coffee)

Yeah, and how long did Bill O’Rielly’s failed stint in radio last? Huckaboob won’t even last that long.


84 posted on 04/09/2012 11:01:10 AM PDT by Bullish
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To: Vigilanteman
Huckabee isn't in the same league as Rush.

No one is in the same league as Rush. I look at it in sports analogy: You have professional basketball players, and then there comes a Michael Jordan. There are conservative talk show hosts, and then there is Rush.

He is simply made for radio and for this particular format. No one else comes close.

85 posted on 04/09/2012 11:04:03 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: upchuck
I guess it really is better to be a governor than a congressman.

J.D. Hayworth is out at KSFO from 9:00am-noon. I hope he was just renting when he moved here from Arizona a few months ago.

-PJ

86 posted on 04/09/2012 11:05:12 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: upchuck

Has someone lost their mind? Rush is a moderate, not all that far to the right of center. Huckabee however is at the left edge of the Republican party which is well to the left of center and trying hard to merge with the Democrats. This article clearly shows that the media indoctrination can be and is being used to bilk people of their money.

Heads up Cumulus Media, “WE THE PEOPLE” are to the right of center, “NOT” to the left. You will lose your investment.


87 posted on 04/09/2012 11:11:09 AM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
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To: upchuck

Huckabee?! No thanks, I’ll take Rush.


88 posted on 04/09/2012 11:11:20 AM PDT by Southnsoul
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To: nutmeg
"Any bets as to how long Chuckle-bee's radio show will last?"

Only slightly longer than I could bear listening to it, if I had nothing better to do...

89 posted on 04/09/2012 11:20:24 AM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: Ramcat

LOL at the picture you posted. Wish it could be side-by-side with the one above, with the (presumed) Huckabee clan in those ghastly striped shirts...


90 posted on 04/09/2012 11:28:25 AM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: Sloth
"In the entire time I've listened to Rush, I can recall only ever hearing one "guest" and that was the Vice President of the United States (Cheney)."

Granted, Rushie doesn't often have guests, but you must not have been a listener for very long or you have a poor memory!

91 posted on 04/09/2012 11:34:35 AM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: Coldwater Creek

Is this the same Mark Davis that subs for Rush? If so he’s a Party boy RINO. I turn the radio off every time he subs for Rush.


92 posted on 04/09/2012 11:35:32 AM PDT by sarge83
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To: Sloth
In the entire time I've listened to Rush, I can recall only ever hearing one "guest" and that was the Vice President of the United States (Cheney). Rush simply doesn't do the guest interview thing.

Now a 24x7 subscriber I've listened to Rush since 1990 or 91 and he has had a few other guests during that time, including Joe Scarborough who was excellent. This was during the late 1990's or early 2000's.

The topic was "What happened to the class of '94" after the GOP took control of the House. Scarborough explained that if the Republicans hadn't caved on the government shutdown, Clinton would have likely been a one-term president.

He said that at the time of the cave the polls had begun to shift in support of the House position but the media didn't report them. The RINOs panicked and handed Clinton a victory that solidified his 1996 reelection.

Rush, if you see this, please replay the Scarborough interview!

93 posted on 04/09/2012 11:40:28 AM PDT by StopGlobalWhining (Buy a US Govt Railpass to visit Obamavilles in all 57 states on the Intercontinental Railroad)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Hucksterbee....upchucklebee....

LOL Good one, stephenjohnbker.

94 posted on 04/09/2012 11:49:18 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: GOPJ

Good tagline ya got there : )


95 posted on 04/09/2012 11:52:59 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: allmendream

That conversation among those guys is one of the funniest exchanges in the movies. OBWAT is hands down one of the best movies ever made. My sons have the entire dialogue memorized.


96 posted on 04/09/2012 11:55:12 AM PDT by redhead (Alaska: Step out of the bus and into the food chain.)
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To: DJ Frisat
Here ya go, me...


97 posted on 04/09/2012 11:58:49 AM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: upchuck

“Our tagline is, ‘More conversation, less confrontation’,” Huckabee told POLITICO. “I’m going to treat every guest with respect and civility. Nobody is going to come on and get into a shouting match with me. That’s just not my style.”


Typical of people who never listen to Rush, yet feel free to criticize him based on the lies of his critics.

When is Gomer Pyle going to just go away???


98 posted on 04/09/2012 12:32:53 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Obama is looking more and more like Trayvon's dad.)
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To: upchuck
who some believe could be vulnerable to a challenge from someone offering a kinder, gentler conservative voice.

We need to hear the truth, not Mr Rogers.

99 posted on 04/09/2012 1:09:39 PM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: upchuck

I wonder if Huckaster will be as much of a success on radio as Olbermann has been on TV?


100 posted on 04/09/2012 1:12:43 PM PDT by samtheman
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