WRKO urges listeners to push for Rush-Obama debate
These are trying time for the Republican Party. President Obama's election, Democratic control of Congress and now, in exile, a power struggle between Michael Steele, the new Republican Party Chairman and Rush Limbaugh, the volcano of conservative talk radio, who has openly called for the new president to fail and has challenged him to on-air debate.
At the end, this is kind of political circus surrounded by lots of media publicity is good for business, ratings, and most definitely for Rush and his network of 600 stations including Boston's WRKO AM 680 who are cashing in on the all brouhaha. Here's today's press release from WRKO announcing its on-line listener campaign to push for Rush-President Obama debate :
WRKO Asks Listeners to Urge President Obama to debate Rush Limbaugh
BOSTON, MA (March 5, 2009) – Boston’s Talk Station WRKO AM 680 today launched an online campaign encouraging listeners to contact President Obama’s office asking the President to accept Mr. Limbaugh’s invitation to a debate.
Limbaugh, who has been dubbed the face of the GOP by Democrats, yesterday publically challenged President Obama to a debate on his nationally syndicated radio show. The show airs locally on WRKO each weekday from 12- 3 PM.
While the White House has not responded, WRKO has taken a lead role in trying to ensure that the debate happens. Today the station launched an online campaign for listeners to email the President encouraging his participation in the debate. Listeners can log on to wrko.com and visit the Rush Limbaugh page. There, they will be linked to an online contact form, which goes directly to the press department of the White House.
“WRKO has a long-standing relationship with Rush and we wholeheartedly support him in this challenge,” said Entercom New England Vice President of AM Programming & Operations Jason Wolfe. “We encourage all of our listeners to weigh in and urge President Obama to debate Rush on all of the issues facing our country today. The President’s staff opened the door for this by tapping Rush as the leader of the Republican party. If they believe that, then they should have the President accept this offer from Rush and engage in an open dialogue about all issues. It is my hope that all Rush Limbaugh affiliates across the country will join WRKO in this effort. The American people deserve to hear the debate.”
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