Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Greater St. Louis Area/Missouri Limbaugh Update

What's happening locally after Limbaugh obsessively unleashed over 70 sexist smears against a college student last week:
  • Progress Missouri reported at 12:30 that over 3,500 people have signed a petition asking Steve Tilley to reconsider his unilateral decision to put a statue of Limbaugh in the Missouri Capitol.
  • There's an impromptu rally organized for the Capitol tomorrow to protest the statue. Please don't RSVP unless you can actually attend; they're trying to get an accurate head count.
  • Missouri Democrats have sent a letter to the office of administration asking them to refuse the Limbaugh statue.
  • Nationally, 43 advertisers (and counting) have dropped Limbaugh since his nasty comments.
  • Turns out, FCC license renewal applications are due later this year.
  • A Daily Kos diary has a very helpful guide for how to pressure radio stations that play Limbaugh, which might be the real key to making him actually accountable for his comments. Limbaugh currently makes a huge salary and radio stations pay big money to play his show, which could work against him. Brian Smith (@Moprog67 on Twitter) has started a list of local companies advertising on Limbaugh's show in St. Louis (on KMOX). Here's what he has so far:
  1. Lakeside Exteriors 636-978-5000
  2. Gershman Mortage 314-889-0600
  3. Appliance Solutions
  4. Wehrenberg Theaters
  5. Golden Oak Lending 314-567-4653
  6. Repertory Theater STL


  1. A note - Wehrenberg Theatres did not purchase advertising during Rush Limbaugh's show. The ads in question were purchased by Goodwill to tout the fact Wehrenberg donated passes to Goodwill. Goodwill gives those passes to donors every Wednesday in March (while supplies last).

    Goodwill also did not schedule those ads during Rush's show. KMOX added them because they had extra space and needed to fill it. The ads will not run during Rush's show again, though the charitable donation campaign itself will still run through March.

  2. I got this reply from Wehrenberg....
    8:42 AM

    Where do you get the idea that Wehrenberg Theatres supports Rush Limbaugh? Some people think we support him because Goodwill Industries' ad is running on the same radio station but we don't advertise our business on that station or during that time period. We don't believe that Goodwill Industries has a say in when their spots will run, but they are checking into it.

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  3. Anonymous, Chiang01, Thanks!

  4. Century 21 Real Estate is not a sponsor of the Rush Limbaugh radio program.

    Barnes, Anita
    2:53 pm (1 day ago)

    Thank you for your submission to the CENTURY 21 consumer complaint line.

    Unfortunately, the CENTURY 21 brand was named in an inaccurate statement made by Representative Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on the House floor of the U.S. Congress on March 1, 2012. Responding to the recent controversial remarks made by Rush Limbaugh, Rep. Speier asked women to boycott those companies that sponsored Limbaugh’s radio show. Century 21 Real Estate was cited incorrectly, among a number of other companies, as a sponsor of the show.

    Let’s be clear. Century 21 Real Estate is not a sponsor or supporter of the Rush Limbaugh radio program, and we have taken every proactive step possible to ensure our network ads will be blocked from running within, or adjacent to, this syndicated program in the future.

    Women are very important to our business, a business that has been supporting female home-buyers and sellers for more than 40 years. Women play an important role in the real estate industry both from the agent side (57% are women*) to buyers (20% of recent home buyers were single females*).

    Century 21 Real Estate actively promotes, creates and fosters an environment of diversity throughout its organization and views this concept as a critical component to the ongoing success of our business.

    Again, thank you for submission. We hope this resolves your concerns.