In case you have missed it, our former Gov. Mike Huckabee turned Florida resident/media star has been making a push to unseat the king of conservative talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, however it looks like his efforts will not result in immediate success in Arkansas.
Huckabee has a new three-hour radio show with Cumulus Media that will be directly competing with Limbaugh’s long-standing spot from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm CST. And the show’s promoters are hoping to capitalize on the backlash against Limbaugh’s controversial comments in which he referred to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke as a “slut” after she testified before Congress regarding contraception access for college students.
But sources confirm to the Tolbert Report that neither of the talk radio stations in Arkansas owned by Cumulus are planning to drop Rush from his live mid-day spot. Culumus owns KFAY News Talk 1030 AM in Fayetteville and KARN Newradio 920 AM/102.9 FM in Little Rock. Both carry Limbaugh in the live 11:00 am to 2:00 pm time slot and both plan to keep him right where he is.
KFAY has announced they will pick up the new Mike Huckabee show, but will air it in the late night time slot.
“We are excited to announce The Mike Huckabee Show will come to News Talk 1030 KFAY April 9th from 9:00 to Midnight. His thoughtful conservative perspective will be a great addition the rest of our top of the line radio hosts. Mike Huckabee’s ‘Huckabee Report’ feature can still be heard weekday mornings and afternoons on KFAY,” said an announcement posted on the station’s website.
I also noticed this little tidbit from the Reuters story on Huckabee’s competition with Rush.
Huckabee’s show, which was born out of a dinner conversation between a representative for the former Arkansas governor and (Cumulus executive John) Dickey in the fall of 2010, will go head-to-head against Limbaugh from noon to 3 p.m. in all time U.S. time zones, Monday through Friday.
Fall of 2010? So was this new radio show in the works months before he announced on his Fox News Show that “All the factors say go, but my heart says no” regarding a 2012 Presidential run. Things that makes you go hmmm.