Conservative radio show host Mark Levin got super emotional on his program when taking a few moments to reflect on the passing of his good friend and legendary conservative pundit, Rush Limbaugh, who passed away on Wednesday due to lung cancer.
“I cannot tell you how much he loved you. Right to the end, he wanted to get on radio. He wanted to be behind the microphone to talk to you right to the end. You were his extended family, I’m telling you, like nobody else I’ve ever seen,” Levin stated at the start of his program.
“You stood with him through thick and thin. When he came under attack, which he often did,” Levin added.
Limbaugh died Wednesday, which his wife announced at the beginning of his radio program. He had been battling lung cancer since last year, receiving treatment while continuing to host his show.
“People are hanging on his every word in order to try and destroy him, but they failed. Miserably. And he would say, because of you. You stood with him. And you supported him. Right to the very end,” Levin continued.advertisement — content continues below
Limbaugh, who had the first nationally syndicated and highest-rated radio show, also shared advice with Levin on how to build his radio program when he got involved in the business.
“He was bucking me up,” Levin continued. “And there was one other rule he told me: Never disrespect your audience. Doesn’t mean you don’t get at it with callers. He said, ‘Never put down your audience. Never think you’re smarter than your audience because you’re not. And when times are tough, when you come under attack, and you will. It’s your audience that’s going to stand with you because you stood by your audience.’”
We truly lost a legend and a good man this week. Without the influence of Rush Limbaugh, we wouldn’t have a conservative media. Nor would we likely have podcasting. He paved the way for all of what we take for granted today in the world of infotainment.
It’s hard to be a trailblazer. Limbaugh put up with the crap so he could fight for his country and the rights and freedoms we often take for granted.
He’ll be sorely missed.