NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative commentator Dan Bongino has joined a scramble to inherit the radio speak present mantle left behind by the loss of life of Rush Limbaugh.
Cumulus Media’s Westwood One stated Bongino will start a brand new three-hour radio program from 12 p.m. to three p.m. Jap, the identical time slot Limbaugh occupied earlier than his loss of life on account of lung most cancers in February. Bongino’s information and opinion present will launch Could 24 in markets together with New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.
Limbaugh’s present is syndicated to greater than 600 markets by way of Premiere Networks, which has not introduced future plans. For the reason that star’s loss of life, the present has featured visitor hosts and previous tapes of Limbaugh.
That’s setting off a race to supply another in that point slot, stated Michael Harrison, writer of Talkers journal. Dana Lesch and Erick Erickson are among the many personalities being bandied about, he stated.
“There is no clear-cut favorite at this time,” Harrison stated. “It is generally accepted that no one can replace Rush Limbaugh, even Rush Limbaugh as a posthumous performer.”
Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, has change into a well-liked commentator on Fox Information Channel, featured ceaselessly on Sean Hannity’s present. He has a podcast and is taken into account a rising star locally of conservative commentators.
“I’m excited to embrace the immense power of radio to connect with my listeners live for three hours every day,” stated Bongino. “This is an incredible privilege, and I pledge to honor the trailblazing work of those who came before me.”
Though he’s beginning with slots on Cumulus-owned stations in some massive cities, it’s not instantly clear what number of markets Bongino can be heard in.
“Dan has been on a meteoric rise since his podcast launched in 2019, and we look forward to watching his star continue to rise,” stated Suzanne Grimes, Westwood One president.
Related Press author Mark Kennedy in New York contributed to this report.
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