Hugh Hewitt: Rush Limbaugh’s Legacy

Rush Limbaugh died this week at the age of 70.

To say he was a giant in our industry of talk radio is an exercise in understatement.

When I talk about the format of talk radio on my own program, I have often said that “Rush Limbaugh built the mall. Everyone else just has a storefront in it,” and I was true then—I’m true now.

I’m grateful for my own storefront, but I’m particularly grateful to Rush for building the superstructure of our medium.

There’s no question: talk radio is more needed now than ever.

I’ve been doing talk radio since 1990. Two years earlier than that, Rush Limbaugh had started his syndicated show—and he was already a monster hit. He, a giant in the industry, helped me out—a newbie—cutting promos for me. He was one of the great gentlemen in the business—and he never stopped being a professional’s professional.

Rush Limbaugh will be greatly missed. But the mall that he built is alive and fuller than ever. And for that, we should all be grateful.

Rest in peace, Rush.