Rush Limbaugh remembered by 'Bo Snerdley': 'Incredible human being' whose legacy continues

As he wrote in his new book “Rush on the Radio,” Golden told of how he and Limbaugh crossed paths in New York City prior to their lasting friendship and work together.

“My background and Rush’s had interesting parallels,” he said, describing walking into station WWRL, where his cousin was a disc jockey, at age 14. Golden told Fox News Digital it took 9 years to get what he called his first “real job” – the music director for New York’s 77WABC radio’s last program in that format, and later its first program in its present-day news format.

In the late 1980s, Golden met Limbaugh and his then-business partner, former ABC Radio President Ed McLaughlin, and offered what turned out to be a harbinger of things to come:

“I remarked that it sounded to me like he would be bigger than Paul Harvey. Little did I realize that my own life would be so intertwined with that of Rush and the show, and that he would become the single most successful broadcaster in American history; at least in radio,” Golden said.

RUSH LIMBAUGH’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS; A LOOK BACK AT THE RADIO TITAN’S LEGENDARY CAREER

Rush Limbaugh, l, and James Golden, r.

Rush Limbaugh, l, and James Golden, r. (James Golden)

As Golden writes in the book – which was released last week – Limbaugh was also often the subject of controversies which the host often turned into memorable moments to hearken back to in later years.

In 1994, an advertising deal between the Rush Limbaugh Show and the Florida Orange Juice Commission led to protests and boycotts of the juice.

One of the organizations that decided to protest the deal was the National Organization for Women.

“Patricia Ireland was heading it back then. They came down to Florida – and they were simply overwhelmed: Rush listeners showed up by the scores and they bought out Orange Juice in every single place that this ragtag group – 10 or 15 of them — showed up,” Golden said.

Freshly-filled cartons of orange juice move down a production line at Florida's Natural Growers plant in Lake Wales, Florida, U.S., on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Freshly-filled cartons of orange juice move down a production line at Florida’s Natural Growers plant in Lake Wales, Florida, U.S., on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Dittoheads – as listeners were affectionately called, and often called themselves – essentially put the squeeze on the protests.

Golden told Fox News that incidents like those are essentially the precursor to 21st Century “cancel culture” and “woke” activism.

“If you had a different political philosophy, they wanted to destroy you,” he said. “They didn’t want to argue in the marketplace of ideas, they wanted to destroy their political opponents.’

But, Limbaugh often took such protests and attacks in stride:

“He had a lot of fun with it – we had a lot of fun after we saw … the video and seeing how perplexed these protesters were. Because, up until that time, these leftist protests [always] got the attention of the national media.”

The Florida Orange Juice Commission boycott was the first time that conservatives pushed back on left-wing activism, he said.

“It was hysterically funny and instructional to watch that.”

Rush Limbaugh in his studio during his radio show (Photo by Mark Peterson/Corbis via Getty Images)

Rush Limbaugh in his studio during his radio show (Photo by Mark Peterson/Corbis via Getty Images)

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