AKA Rush Hudson Limbaugh IIIBorn: 12-Jan-1951Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, MOGender: Male Religion: Methodist Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Radio Personality, Pundit Party Affiliation: Republican Nationality: United States Executive summary: Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh was born into a prominent Missouri family, and raised in a town about thirty miles from the Kentucky border. His father was a prominent local attorney, who imbued his children with conservative ideology.
His grandfather, the first Rush Hudson Limbaugh, was America's Ambassador to India in the Eisenhower administration. His brother, David Limbaugh, is a lawyer and conservative writer.
In telling the story of his success, Limbaugh occasionally mentions Woodruff's help, but he never mentions that Woodruff was openly gay, and died of AIDS in the 1980s.
Limbaugh's biggest break came in 1987, when the Federal Communications Commission repealed its Fairness Doctrine, a rule that had required radio and television stations to provide equal time to both sides of political debates.
He is heard on about 600 stations nationwide, with little room for further growth -- there is no major market area where his program cannot be heard.