Commentator Dan Bongino is launching a new radio show in the late Rush Limbaugh’s former time slot in the wake of the conservative radio giant’s death.
The Dan Bongino Show will air from 12pm to 3pm, Monday through Friday, starting May 24, Cumulus Media´s Westwood One said.
It is the same time slot Limbaugh occupied before his lung cancer death in February at the age of 70.
‚I’m excited to embrace the immense power of radio to connect with my listeners live for three hours every day,‘ Bongino said.
‚This is an incredible privilege, and I pledge to honor the trailblazing work of those who came before me.‘
Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and ex-NYPD cop, is a staunch Donald Trump supporter and his show will tackle the day’s hot topic political issues.
Bongino’s news and opinion show will launch in Westwood One’s major markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Washington, D.C..
But Limbaugh show was syndicated across 600 markets, leaving other conservatives, such as Dana Lesch and Erick Erickson, to scramble over remaining cities and areas across the US which have been playing old tapes of Limbaugh or playing his show featuring guests hosts since his death.
Conservative commentator Dan Bongino has been tapped to host a new radio show in the same afternoon time slot as the late Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh discusses his cancer treatment on his syndicated radio show on May 26, 2020
Bongino, who lost three Congressional races—two in Maryland and one in Florida, is a popular Fox guest with frequent appearances on Sean Hannity’s show.
He is considered a rising star among conservative commentators and already had a podcast and bestselling books before the announcement of his new program.
‚The Dan Bongino Show will tackle the hot political issues, debunking both liberal and Republican establishment rhetoric,‘ Westwood One said in a statement.
Although Bongino will start with slots on Cumulus-owned stations in big cities, the number of markets in which he will ultimately be heard is not immediately clear.
‚Dan has been on a meteoric rise since his podcast launched in 2019, and we look forward to watching his star continue to rise,‘ Westwood One President Suzanne Grimes said.
Westwood One touted its week of news and talk programming featuring other conservative commentators including Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, Chris Plante and Jim Bohannon.
Erick Erickson is among the conservative radio personalities being discussed in the competition to offer an alternative in Rush Limbaugh’s former time slot in markets not covered by Bongino
Conservative commentator Dan Bongino on the set of ‚FOX & Friends‘ at Fox News Channel Studios in New York City on June 18, 2019
The company’s announcement of Bongino’s show said that over the past 10 years he has become a bestseller with books including ‚Life Inside the Bubble,‘ about his career as a Secret Service agent, ‚The Fight: A Secret Service Agent’s Inside Account of Security Failings and the Political Machine,‘ and ‚Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J.
Westwood One also noted Bongino’s selection as a FOX News commentator and the popularity of his podcast, which was downloaded more than 117 million times in 2020.
Yet Bongino and other conservative talkers have enormous shoes to fill. Limbaugh was one of the most influential voices in Republican politics and an architect of the modern right-wing.
Rush Limbaugh in his studio during a broadcast of his syndicated radio show (left) and at a MAGA rally, right
Westwood One will distribute Dan Bongino’s new radio program to markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
His three-hour weekday radio show broadcast on nearly 600 stations across the U.S.
drew a massive audience of millions hanging on his every word. Limbaugh swayed the opinions of average Republicans and the direction of the party.
‚I want to persuade people with ideas. I don’t walk around thinking about my power,‘ he told author Zev Chafets in his 2010 book, ‚Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One.‘ ‚But in my heart and soul, I know I have become the intellectual engine of the conservative movement.‘
Limbaugh called himself ‚America’s anchorman‘ and he inspired popular broadcasters like Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and countless others who established conservative radio shows.
But his assessments of those with whom he disagreed were not nearly so kind, branding them ‚communists, wackos, feminazis, f*ggots and radicals.‘
‚What he did was to bring a paranoia and really mean, nasty rhetoric and hyperpartisanship into the mainstream,‘ said Martin Kaplan, a University of Southern California professor and frequent Limbaugh critic. ‚The kind of antagonism and vituperativeness that characterized him instantly became acceptable everywhere.‘