By: D. Kennedy
One of the most-listened-to programs and five-time winner of the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award for “Excellence in Syndicated and Network Broadcasting,” the Rush Limbaugh radio talk show just signed off on an emotional last segment. It began in 1988 and served as a foundation for the voice of conservatism and patriotism in a time of hate and division.
Rush Limbaugh is a member of the Radio Hall of Fame and National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He first shared his lung cancer diagnosis in February but had later shared with his listeners that the cancer was going in the wrong direction. He didn’t know how much longer he’d be able to continue the radio program while battling Stage IV cancer.
Limbaugh took the time on his last segment to thank his wife Kathyrn, his listeners, and other family members for their continued support throughout his radio career and recent health struggle. He said it has put him in a place of utter gratitude.
“My point in all of this today is gratitude. My point in all of this is to say thanks and tell everybody involved how much I love you from the bottom of a sizable and growing and still-beating heart. I wasn’t expected to be alive today. I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today,” Limbaugh said.
He also reflected back to February when President Trump presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union Address. President Trump had praised the radio host in recognition of all that he has done for the millions of people he speaks with and inspires every morning.
The radio host compared his cancer experience to the day Lou Gehrig’s record-breaking baseball career was cut short due to an ALS diagnosis. He had told the sold-out Yankee Stadium that he felt like “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” Limbaugh asked his listeners how you can feel like the luckiest man on earth after being diagnosed with a terminal disease.
“I’ve been able to receive and hear and process some of the most wonderful, nice things about me that I might not have ever heard had I not gotten sick. Again think, how many people who pass away never hear the eulogies, never hear the thank-yous? I’ve been very lucky, folks, I can’t tell you how many ways,” Limbaugh said.
Rush Limbaugh is a true American hero who couldn’t have ended the show on a better note.