Excellence In Broadcasting (EIB) Network producer and call-screener James Golden, better known as “Bo Snerdley”, previewed his new podcast focused on the late conservative radio titan Rush Limbaugh, who died in February after a battle with lung cancer.
Golden told “Hannity” on Thursday that the ‘real’ Rush off-air was often different than the bombastic and often outspoken host his millions of listeners knew.
That fact will be part of the new podcast, “The Man Behind The Golden Microphone” – which premiered this week on IHeartRadio.
Golden also mentioned that for several days after Limbaugh’s death, he was unable to speak about it out of emotion.
“I still get choked up, and I still find myself getting weepy at odd times, just random times: something will trigger it, and you know, it’s just something you have to learn to live with,” he said.
“Rush was very often, after the show at least, quiet … he was not this braggadocious all the time – There was Rush Limbaugh, the guy that was behind the Golden EIB mic, who presented an amazing show that continued to grow for 33 years… he was a very humble, loving, gentle spirit, and he was generous beyond measure.”
Golden said the podcast will show that there was indeed more to the Cape Girardeau, Mo.-native radio host than just his politics and personality.
He offered the example of Limbaugh finding out about a U.S. state badly affected by a flood, and being the generous person he was, donated funds to a man Snerdley described as “a liberal storekeeper”. That good deed kept the man’s business solvent after the flood had passed.
That was just one of many examples of how the real Rush Limbaugh’s generosity and goodwill transcended politics or media.
“No publicity. He didn’t want publicity. That’s the way he was. A truly great and humble man,” said Golden, insinuating that some of the stories were even unknown to people like himself until recently.
But, as Golden stated on the new podcast, Limbaugh’s true calling was indeed to be a consequential figure in American media:
“Rush made no secret about it. He said it. And it was just what it wasn’t. I was born to host. And you were born to listen,” he said.