WBEC Drops Limbaugh ShowBy Larry Kratka
Berkshire News Network
10:54AM / Tuesday, March 06, 2012
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local radio News/Talk 1420-WBEC in has dropped "The Rush Limbaugh Show" in the wake of Limbaugh's comments on contraception last week.
WBEC is the second radio station in the country to drop Limbaugh, with the first being station KPUA in Hilo, Hawaii. Limbaugh's show ran weekdays from noon to 3.
The news of WBEC and the Hawaii radio station dropping the shock jock's show made national news, including a special report by MSNBC, prompting a number of phone calls in support of the decision to drop Limbaugh. It should be noted that WBEC also received some phone calls complaining about it.
Stations in Boston, Springfield, Worcester and Cape Cod still carry the show, according to Limbaugh's website.
Last week, Limbaugh called a Georgetown University Law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" after she testified before congressional Democrats about women's access to contraception and health insurance.
More than a dozen advertisers have pulled out of the syndidated show, heard by some 13 million, and there's an ongoing Twitter and Facebook assault against sponsors.
Limbaugh, who posted an apology to Sandra Fluke on his website, wrote that his show had been the "best opportunity" for advertisers. "They've decided they don't want you or your business anymore. So be it," he wrote on his site.