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Apr 7, 2012 16 Comments ›› Doc Holiday

Excerpted from Politico     Rush Limbaugh, the longstanding undisputed king of conservative talk radio who’s been dogged by controversy recently, is about to face some more heat. Not from the left, but this time from the right.

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.

“There is no alternative to Rush Limbaugh — he is an original,” said Julie Talbott, Premiere’s president of Content and Affiliate Relations. “He has maintained his success through his unique brand of talk radio [that is] compelling, thought-provoking, and strikes an emotional cord. Historically, lukewarm, ‘safer’ content isn’t what attracts and retains audiences.”

“Baseball is a more interesting game when you play it, rather than talk about it. So is radio,” Limbaugh spokesperson Brian Glicklich told POLITICO. “Rush Limbaugh’s box score extends back decades, right to today. We’ll look forward to Huckabee’s first one.”

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A Premiere spokesperson declined POLITICO’s request to speak with Limbaugh.

Huckabee, who has never met Limbaugh, does indeed join a long list of conservative voices who have gone up against Limbaugh in the noon time slot, competing for pull among the base of the Republican party. The most well-known of those now-vanished competitors is Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly, who hosted the nationally syndicated show, “The Radio Factor,” for seven years and became the second-most listened-to talk radio host on the airwaves. In 2009, O’Reilly was replaced by former Sen. Fred Thompson, who — like Huckabee — was trumpeted as an alternative to Limbaugh, but was never able to get traction. He ended the show last year.

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  • BobPinwi

     ” Huckabee is just the latest in a long line of would-be competitors who have never been able to measure up. ”   says it all. 

  • fubijar

    “Not from the left, but this time from the right.”

    Bravo sierra, the huckmeister is a rino, not a conservative

  • Randy Tuggle

    This is ridiculous for Huck to try…

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/AR2Ruc4H2uWsYU_cTxt1xW4fX3w-#7bb5a Bobby E.

    Always knew he was a worm. He and Howard Dean would make good asshole buddies.

  • http://twitter.com/helensharvest helensharvest

    I’m sure Rush is quaking in his boots…NOT! Dream on, Huck…you & etch are a perfect match, lukewarm and definitely NOT what we need to combat marxist obama! PUH>>>LEASE!

  • http://twitter.com/speedyjerry speedyjerry.com

    I quit watching Huck couple months ago when he said Obama was an excellent role model, good husband and father to his children.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ORGLTSF2ISYK7MUKKBRUZONEIA Jim

    Hop on in Huck . I’m sure Rush would tell you the water is fine. Just don’t get your hopes up…….

  • John Heilker

    I have to say I think Huckabee is a very good man. And Unlike the majority of those currently running for president he doesn’t put up a fake front, he is as he is….He’s a very good man, and a good Christian. I have at times disagreed with him fiscally, but I wouldn’t go so far to call him a “Rhino”, but no I wouldn’t call him truely traditional conservative because of his fiscal views. ….all that said. He’s not a great entertainer, and while I do think he is a better man and person then Limbaugh, who let’s face it is sort of an A-hole. The job is meant to start contreversy, the job is meant to entertain, and head to head he has no chance of beating RUSH. This is a job for a total partisan not a nice man….the crowd listening wants that.  Truthfully though RUSH also supports many GOP politicians like a good total partisan flag waver, and he backs and supports Rhino’s too and freqently. RUSH will support whoever the party supports and that party is no longer truly conservative…..so I’m not sure he or Huckabee are particularly traditional “Right”, I doubt either are particular Mises disciples. If you wanted a true Conservative, Ron Paul, Allen West, Sarah Palin, these are more the well known names representing those ideals…..

    • fubijar

      The term is RINO( repub in name only),

       a rhino is a horny animal that lives in africa.

  • Shark Hunter

    No, you’re thinking of Negroes.

  • http://twitter.com/MlleBastiat Mlle Bastiat

    Can you say Yugo vs. Bugatti Veyron?

  • YERMOM182

    hey look the FAILBOAT is about to set sail!


  • http://touchstonesjests.blogspot.com/ TouchStone

    Dead show walking.

  • Shark Hunter

    There won’t even be a competition… I can’t see Huckabee fans being Rush fans and vice versa.

    Rush = Newt.  Huckabee = Santorum.  More Americans support Santorum’s style so probably Huckabee will get more listeners.

  • Skeena73

    To borrow a line from a poem composed in the Yukon territory a long time ago.
    The pleasant sound of meat being ground could be heard thru out the room.                    the ground meat will be Huckabee.

  • trapper1960s

    hmmmm how did oreilly do? lmao

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