Rush Limbaugh And Sean Hannity Booted From Airwaves By Second Largest Radio Broadcaster In The Country

Won’t it be truly wonderful to turn on the radio in the morning knowing that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity won't be on the air? Image by Rick Diamond  @ NYDailyNews

Won’t it be truly wonderful to turn on the radio in the morning knowing that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity won’t be on the air? Image by Rick Diamond @ NYDailyNews

Are you tired of Rush Limbaugh? Do you hate Sean Hannity? Well, get ready to hear much less from them on the radio. According to Politico, a source has disclosed that Cumulus Media, the second largest radio distributor in America, has declined to renew the contracts of both right-wing radio personalities. In other words, Cumulus will kick the pair to the curb and yank their shows off the airwaves they control by the end of the year.

Apparently the decision came down after negotiations between Clear Channel and Cumulus broke down. It seems Clear Channel asked for way too much money from Cumulus for the distribution rights to the two programs. Now Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity will be dropped by Cumulus and its 40 channels in several major markets.

With over 2,700 sponsors removing their ads from Limbaugh’s show and the millions of dollars it has cost, it was only a matter of time before a major radio distributor dropped the program in favor of a show that isn’t overwhelmingly boycotted. Perhaps the high asking price of Clear Channel gave Cumulus the excuse to finally drop him, although it should have done it much sooner. But hey, better late than never, right?

Limbaugh has been under fire since referring to Sandra Fluke as a “slut” for testifying in defense of contraception on Capitol Hill in the spring of 2012. Because of his many outrageous comments over the years, a boycott was instituted and it has devastated the revenue stream usually flowing from sponsors. The mass exodus of sponsors has left commercial time during Limbaugh’s show as dead air. In May, Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey reported a $2.4 million loss during the first quarter and insinuated that Limbaugh’s antics were to blame. Clear Channel alone has lost hundreds of millions of dollars because of sponsorship woes. In fact, 80 percent of sponsors specifically exclude Limbaugh when buying air time. That’s a lot of lost revenue.

This is just more bad news for Rush Limbaugh in July. Earlier this month, a woman started a petition calling for the removal of Limbaugh’s bust from the Missouri State Capitol. He’s also been taken to task for using the N-word on the air. Combined that with the loss of sponsors and money and Limbaugh can’t be very happy.

Cumulus is also dropping Sean Hannity, although the move won’t hurt him nearly as much, since he’s got his own nationally televised show on Fox News. It’s too bad Cumulus can’t drop Fox from television. Nevertheless, the dropping of Hannity removes just one more hateful source of misinformation from a good chunk of American media markets.

Now that Limbaugh and Hannity are disappearing from the airwaves, perhaps it’s only a matter of time before both men lose their shows entirely. At the very least it could spell the end of Rush Limbaugh because he only has one radio show that is losing more money than it takes in. And when it comes to money, business will always choose profit, regardless of where political allegiances lie. But you have to admit, it will be truly wonderful to turn on the radio in the morning in many places knowing that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity won’t be on the air. The silence should be absolutely golden.

Want to help take Rush Limbaugh off the air permanently and make him pay for his hate, sexism, and racism? There are several ways:

You can sign this Limbaugh Sponsor Petition.

You can visit the Stop Rush Database.

And you can email the FCC.