Rush Limbaugh’s closest friend made a tearful confession about his life

Rush Limbaugh’s passing upset millions of Americans.

Limbaugh spent the last year battling stage four lung cancer.

And after his death, Rush Limbaugh’s closest friend made a tearful confession about his life.

Producer James Golden doubled as the infamous “Mr. Snerdley” producer of the Rush Limbaugh show.

A day after Limbaugh’s death, Golden appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to mourn his friend and celebrate his life.

Golden called Limbaugh a “second generation founding father” and noted that Rush single-handedly saved AM radio.

When Limbaugh began his show there were 1,200 radio shows doing talk radio and that number increased tenfold to 12,000 by the time of Limbaugh’s death.

“[Y]ou know, Sean, we can’t wrap our arms around this,” Golden stated. “We can’t wrap our brains and our hearts around this that our beloved Rush has returned his talent to God. And we are so thankful to him. You know, Rush is to me a second-generation founding father. This went beyond radio. This went beyond politics. What Rush did for America, one man changed so many trajectories in this — in this country. When Rush began his career, there were 1,200 radio stations roughly doing the talk radio format. Today, there are over 12,000. The number of print conservative publications, very few, today, they — it’s a flourishing market.”

Golden added that when Limbaugh took over in 1988 there was no Fox News, Breitbart, the Daily Caller or any other institution that Americans now consider conservative media.

“You — there was no Fox TV,” he continued. “There was nowhere on TV that you could get conservative ideology, that you could get the values that represent what most Americans believe until Rush, he changed the media. He changed the landscape. Rush Limbaugh’s radio show grew for over 50 years. This is unheard of. And audiences from small children all the way up through the senior of senior citizens. And beyond all of those accomplishments, Rush Limbaugh was one of the finest human beings that you would ever want to meet. A generous, wonderful, beautiful spirit, humble, a gentleman, always, never failed to thank people for the smallest service that they could do to him.”

The entire conservative media ecosystem owes its existence to the success of Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.

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