25 Years Of ‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’

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Rush Limbaugh’s eponymous national radio show celebrates 25 years in syndication this Thursday. Here are some of the major moments in the conservative pundit’s controversial career:

  • 1988: Rush Limbaugh’s fledgling program receives initial grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
  • 1990: Gushing, weeklong praise of the movie Ghost
  • 1993: Enters a near nirvanic 19-day on-air trance in which he delivers a single uninterrupted rant against people on welfare wearing new clothes
  • 2000–2008: Pretty much cool with everything government does
  • 2004: Limbaugh’s third wife calls into the show to tell him she wants a divorce
  • 2006: Apologizes for exaggerated impression of Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s condition with a practiced, spot-on imitation
  • 2006: Uses the term “Project Massacre” followed by a sound effect of wind chimes to refer to the legalization of abortion
  • 2011: During a very slow news day, Frankie Muniz comes on the show
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