Local media professionals react to death of Rush Limbaugh

Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 8:03 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Wednesday morning, 70-year-old talk show host legend Rush Limbaugh died after a battle with lung cancer, taking it’s toll on his audience and people following in his footsteps.

WCTV spoke with WFLA’s Preston Scott, who said that regardless of your political view, Limbaugh had a huge impact on talk show radio.

“I think anybody with any degree of honesty whether they are conservative, liberal or in the middle that does talk radio would say the same thing,” Scott said.

Scott says without Limbaugh, he wouldn’t have the opportunity he has and tells WCTV what he’ll miss the most:

“Rush’s ability to offer a different view then what the mainstream media routinely pushes out. His analysis of things to promote thought is what will be missed the most.”

FSU School of Communications Director, Patrick Merle, Ph.D, said that Limbaugh’s legacy depends on who you ask.

“Depending on who you talk to you will have a very positive point of view on how they really articulate their opinions, their perspectives and on the other hand people will probably point out the controversial figure,” Merle explained.

But, with this 15-20 million daily listeners, Limbaugh’s aura was unmatched.

“The popularity of Limbaugh’s talk show was so large and gigantic that it created positive momentum for other people that have a similar type of opinion,” Scott added.

Scott believes Limbaugh helped pioneer the creation of one of the country’s biggest cable news networks.

So much so that Scott believes he helped pioneer the creation of one of the country’s biggest cable news networks.

Scott added, “Regardless whether people agree or disagree with Rush Limbaugh, he created an audience that was so significant that I believe Fox News was birthed as a result of it.”

For 30 years, Limbaugh used his platform to talk about topics from pop culture to politics where he garnered a huge audience.

What will always be remembered, good or bad, is his impact on people and talk shows moving forward.

His takes, widely considered as controversial, stirred the pot and opened the door for a new way to talk about politics.

“The polarization of media content and opinion started or at least is to be attributed it to Limbaugh’s talk shows for sure,” said Scott.

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