Only two days after Rush Limbaugh posted an apology to Sandra Fluke on his website and hours after the ninth advertiser–AOL–dropped advertisements from The Rush Limbaugh Show, a local syndicate in Hawaii has announced that it will no longer be carrying Rush Limbaugh’s broadcasts from behind the Golden EIB Microphone.
Honalulu’s Star Observer is reporting that the Hilo, Hawaii radio station KPUA-AM 670 became the first syndicate to cancel The Rush Limbaugh Program, a cancellation directly linked to the controversy surrounding Limbaugh’s use of the word ‘slut’ to describe self-proclaimed reproductive rights activist Sandra Fluke.
New West Broadcasting Corp. President and General Manger Chris Leonard referred to Limbaugh’s series of remarks on Fluke as “egregious,” noting that he would have fired a local host if that host had made similar comments.
Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks Inc. hosts Limbaugh’s show and is standing by the host and his show, with no indication that they will attempt to terminate his contract.
UPDATE: WBEC 96.9 FM in Pittsfield, Massachusetts also dropped Limbaugh’s program, with station manager Peter Berry saying, “The nature of Rush’s programming has always presented challenges for us and he’s always pushed the envelope. But this time he’s taken it too far.”