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,” 그는 말했다, describing walking into station WWRL, where his cousin was a disc jockey, 나이에 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.
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.
에 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 또는 15 그들의 — showed up,” Golden said.
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 “문화를 취소하다” 과 “깨어났다” activism.
“If you had a different political philosophy, they wanted to destroy you,” 그는 말했다. “They didn’t want to argue in the marketplace of ideas, they wanted to destroy their political opponents.’
그러나, 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. 때문에, up until that time, these leftist protests [항상] 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, 그는 말했다.
“It was hysterically funny and instructional to watch that.”