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Huck fails to #StopRush

Huck fails to #StopRush

Mike Huckabee was going to be the hammer used by anti-Rush Limbaugh forces both competitive and political to unseat Limbaugh once and for all.

During the height of the anti-Rush fever, I highlighted how Cumulus Media sought to leverage the anti-Limbaugh boycotts by holding Huckabee out as a viable conservative replacement.

Readers here weren’t buying it, and the readers were right.  Via The Radio Equalizer (h/t HotAir):

With mainstream media expectations so high, Mike Huckabee’s new radio talk show was probably bound to disappoint. But newly-available hard data reveals a gaping donut hole where the audience should be….

According to newly-released Arbitron audience data, the Huckster is off to the kind of start that makes Air America Radio appear downright successful.

That’s despite enjoying an avalanche of free publicity upon his debut.

And that’s even before we compare him to Rush, as Huck doesn’t stand on his own, either:

In New York City, where he currently airs evenings on WOR-AM, Huck ranked just 20th overall in the broadest audience demographic, listeners six and older.
Houston’s KSEV registered a tiny 0.1 overall audience share during his timeslot, good for 43th place in what should be a friendly environment.
In Seattle, heard from 4-6pm local time, Mike drew a 0.2 on KCIS-AM, for a 36th place finish.
A similar story in Cincinnati: 0.2 overall and 31st place on WQRT-AM.
Hartford: 0.0 at WDRC-AM

Adding markets where Huckabee goes head-to-head with Limbaugh only underscores the futile nature of this battle:

In San Francisco, where Mike’s heard on KSFO, Rush has a 143.4% larger overall audience.
In Dallas, where Cumulus seeks to remove Limbaugh from his longtime home at WBAP, El Rushbo is CRUSHING the Huckster with eleven listeners for every one fried squirrel fan. Mike ranks 40th in the Metroplex.
Portland Oregon: Rush’s ratings are 1444% higher. Huck ranks 27th there, heard on KUFO-AM.
Salt Lake City: Rush beating Mike by 13900%. The latter ranks 40th at KKAT.
Providence / New Bedford / Fall River: Huck stuck in 44th, Rush with 766% higher ratings.
Jacksonville: Rush beats by 8500%, Huck takes 27th place.

Between the infiltrator at StopRush and data confirming that Huckabee is flopping, June has been a pretty good month for Limbaugh.


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The idea that “Der Huckmeister” was going to unseat El-Rushbo was absurd. But companies make stupid decisions all the time. I wouldn’t listen to Huck if they paid me to do so…

Rush was NEVER…remotely…challenged by the Hucksterbee.

I’d turn off the radio if he was the only thing on.

    WarEagle82 in reply to Ragspierre. | June 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Ain’t that the truth. In fact, I can’t listen to Hannity any longer. Hannity always fails to go to the root of the problem, is enamored with the sound of his own voice and is over-exposed. I listen to Rush and Levin and CDs…

      punfundit in reply to WarEagle82. | June 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      The Hannitization of the conservative movement may kill us. He was always following on Rush’s coat tails. Boortz should have been the guy to come out of Atlanta, not Hannity. Now Boortz is retiring.

        raven in reply to punfundit. | June 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        Couldn’t agree more with both of you. Hannity is a second-rate motor mouth (actually, a first-rate motor mouth with a second-rate intellect) who hasn’t come up with an original thought in his life. Rush is constantly finding the hidden truths and angles on the Left’s strategies; he’s sharp, sly and penetrating. Hannity can’t come close.

          TrooperJohnSmith in reply to raven. | June 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm

          As hard as he tries, and as compelling as Hannity’s story may be, he is still a New Yorker, living in that particular, “NYC is the Center of the Universe” bubble. Also, he seems to try too hard to be liked by people who will detest him, no matter what. At other times, he takes this strident, yammering, almost childish approach, where you expect him to say, “Nana-bobo”. When he does this, it diminishes him, and I feel kind of embarrassed for him.

          On the other hand, Rush embodies that mid-west egalitarianism in every sense. Also, he embodies a certain confidence – almost a swagger – of someone who is unapologetically, who he is and knows what he believes and conveys it in a way that you feel like he’s talking just to you. When he’s angry, we’re all angry, and he carries that torch high for us all.

My guess would be Hannity is at number 2 but he wouldn’t go head-to-head with Rush. Put Air America or something comparable in the timeslot…collect all the nuts under one tree. Better, think of Air America or the NPR competition talk show as … paper.

I turn off my station’s Hannity until Mark Levin comes on.

Ha, ha, ha.

DevilsPrinciple | June 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

LOL…To be honest, what’s the difference between Huckabee and AirAmerica?

We got FLUCKED in NC washington. Rush got replaced with Dennis Miller and you think The Huck is bad.

    punfundit in reply to spike. | June 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I like Miller’s sense of humor, but he spends wayyyyyyy too much time palling around with O’Really.

Conservative Beaner | June 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Putting a moderate(I’m being nice here) against Rushbo is like pitting a Div 3 football team aginst the NFL champion. You would be hoping for an upset but you know it isn’t going to happen.

I’d need a dose of No-Doz to listen to Huckabee. I watch Huck’s Saturday night show when I am feeling nostalgic for Lawrence Welk. Guess how often that happens.

Every time the left tries to destroy Rush, he garners more listeners. All they are really doing is advertising his show to the uninformed. Once people start listening to see what all the hoo-ha is about, they get hooked by his common sense and truth telling. I say let the left continue this path to nowhere. Every little bit helps.

    Exactly. Limbaugh can take anything thrown at him. If Reagan was the Teflon President, then Rush is the Teflon Pundit. The left seems to be completely unable to understand that simple fact even though they’ve had years of crap-throwing to inform them. Hey lefties, if you have nothing to show for 20+ years work, you might want to give up.

Rush Limbaugh is unparalleled for one simple reason: He’s a breath of fresh politically incorrect air! When I saw Huckabee do his “major” interview of Michelle Obama about obesity, I wanted to run to my stash of M & M’s in protest and disgust.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to SGLawrence. | June 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Huckabee is too nice to take on the Left mano-a-mano. If I need a Baptist preacher or a softball umpire, I’ll call Mikey.

According to Huck, Scarborough and Jeb Bush…
RINO’s and compromise are the future of the Republican party.

The only thing you find in the middle of the road is roadkill.

And even disgruntled Democrats are leaving the Democrat Party and Obama behind over gay over marriage and religious freedom.

2 major reasons Rush succeeded as he did. 1: No one owns him , he says what he thinks. This makes the power brokers of both Partys skittish. 2: He has a wicked humor. No one in the country is funnier. Repeat last sentance of pt. 1. . For these reasons & others we will support him come hell or high water.

Elmer Gantrybee Radio? Dang, how did I miss that?

Henry Hawkins | June 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

If Huckabee radio is at all like Huckabee TV, I’d rather listen to chess on the radio.

Rush is my go-to conservative radiogre*, followed by Mark Levin. I catch Todd Schnitt oince in a while too. Rush’s devious humor and ability to so unnerve and so get under the skin of liberals is wonderful, but his foundation is rock solid. Nobody in media has his skill for political prognostication. He sees a long way down the road and knows what will and won’t matter.

*Radiogre – [RAY-dee-oh-ger] – Term coined by my adult niece, a school teacher and fixture in the NC NEA and textbook liberal. To disagree with her means you are either a) ignurnt b) a bully, or c) a racist – the possibility you may be correct or have an arguable point is not on the menu of choices. Refuses to discuss or debate because it is pointless to debate ignurnt, racist bullies. Thinks Republicans deep fry and eat minority babies. Identifies Scott Walker as the Anti-Christ, at least letting George W. Bush off the hook for the moment.

    great unknown in reply to Henry Hawkins. | June 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Doesn’t sound adult to me.

    punfundit in reply to Henry Hawkins. | June 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    “Thinks Republicans deep fry and eat minority babies…”

    Only if you smother them in cash.

    WarEagle82 in reply to Henry Hawkins. | June 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    If Huckabee radio is at all like Huckabee TV, I’d rather listen to chess on the radio.

    That’s funny. It is true and very sad but it is funny…

    For me, it’s Levin first and then Rush.

    Rush is all in for Mitt already.

    At least Levin knows we have A LOT of work to do if Mitt is anywhere near the nom.

      Mike in reply to hrh40. | June 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Hey Hrh, I’ve been kicked off of C4P by that witch Stacy Drake. She didn’t like the fact that I want Palin to enter the race and she didn’t like me voicing my opinion so she tossed me. She needs to be removed and Palin needs to distance herself from that site. it’s gone downhill the past year

Let Huck be Huck.
Let Rush be Rush.
Diversity people are fine, until their toes get stepped on. Let the market place determine who is popular and who isn’t. Isn’t that what our country is supposed to be about. The stats cited above indicate it is.

H H , a suggestion. Anytime it calls to gift the fair charmer make it a donation to say , Ducks Unlimited. My understanding is it is still run by duckhunters but also supported by some enviros. You might as well have fun with your situation.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to secondwind. | June 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion. Ducks Unlimited, eh? Heard of it/them, but don’t really know a thing. Re: enviros, I’m an enviro, but a *scientific* enviro, as opposed to political enviro. As for my niece, my fun is in torturing her with not quite veiled critical comments concerning President Kardashian, coupled with not at all veiled appreciative comments concerning Luke Scottwalker, Governor of Wisconsin and superhero. That one truly makes her gag.

    One of her tactics is the old “for the children” thing, that if you are against anything the NEA wants, well, you must hate children. I’m now 60 miles from Raleigh, capital of NC, but worked there for two decades. I still travel there once or twice a week. Whenever my uberliberal schoolteacher niece goes on about how NC public schools are falling apart and need major, ahem, “investments”, I take out my photos of the NC Dept of Public Education building, inside and out, which is a freakin’ palace. Inside, even the secretaries have… secretaries. She resists the idea that schools need not more money, but to allot it more carefully.

    NC’s state congress went full Republican in 2010. This fall, it is almost certain we’ll have a Republican governor as well (Pat McCrory, former mayor of Charlotte, moderate, but team player). The NC NEA is just gonna love the next four years.

      punfundit in reply to Henry Hawkins. | June 24, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      And he’ll have Govs Walker and Christie to fall back on.

      Sounds like you’re doing fine. Another suggestion. ln her name donate to the Professors Cherokees. Be sure she knows the full story.

      LukeHandCool in reply to Henry Hawkins. | June 25, 2012 at 12:55 am

      I’m guessing you’re probably a hunter, Henry.

      I caught a little of Greg Gutfeld’s “Red Eye” when I came home late from work one night and couldn’t go to sleep.

      He had some lefty guest who started bitching about Republicans/conservatives not caring about the environment nearly as much as people on the left. I tuned in after they’d started, but the topic had something to do with guns and the NRA.

      Then another guest interjected (paraphrasing) “The greatest environmentalists in this country are hunters!”

      At the end of the argument it was clear the hunter had by far won the argument.

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Are you serious? Huck tak out Rush? They really do live in a bubble. A bubble that needs to be busted! Huck is a loser and who listens to him anyway?