Longtime “The Rush Limbaugh Show” producer and call-screener James Golden — higher recognized to tens of millions of listeners as “Bo Snerdley” or “Mr. Snerdley” — honored the long-lasting broadcaster as a pal and colleague on “Hannity” Thursday.
“Our beloved Rush has returned his talent to God,” an emotional Snerdley instructed host Sean Hannity, riffing on Limbaugh’s favourite self-description as having “talent on loan from God.”
“We can’t wrap our arms around this,” Snerdley added. “We can’t wrap our brains and our hearts around this … we are so thankful to him.
Limbaugh died Wednesday at age 70 from lung cancer complications.
“You know, Rush is to me a second-generation Founding Father,” Snerdley continued. “One man modified so many trajectories on this nation. When Rush started his profession, there have been 1,200 radio stations, roughly, doing the speak radio format. Today, there are over 12,000.”
“There was nowhere on TV that you just might get conservative ideology; that you might get the values that characterize what most Americans consider till Rush,” Snerdley went on. “He modified the media. He modified the panorama.”
He added that Limbaugh’s audience didn’t fall into any particular demographic, but instead ran the gamut from “babies” to the “senior of senior [citizens].”
“Beyond all of these accomplishments,” Snerdley said. “Rush Limbaugh was one of many best human beings that you’d ever need to meet. A beneficiant, great, lovely spirit; humble, a gentleman … by no means regarded down on folks.”
Snerdley admitted that it angers him deeply to hear and read media obituaries of Limbaugh that describe him as a racist or a misogynist or spreading other “falsehoods” about his life and career.
“It burns me to my soul when folks sully his fame with falsehoods, calling him a racist. This man was simply an unbelievable phenomenon — and we love you, Rush.”
Limbaugh would through the years embody Snerdley in his program, providing him airtime because the “Official Obama Criticizer”.
Hannity remarked that when he and Snerdley worked out of adjacent radio studios at New York’s WABC radio, he would often come in to greet the Limbaugh show staff and witness Snerdley bantering with and at times hanging up on callers.
“There have been two reveals going on [at once], true or false?” the host asked.
“That’s very true, Sean,” Snerdley chuckled.