The three-hour radio slot left vacant by the death of conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh is to be filled by a lawyer-turned-sports journalist and a former CIA counter-terrorism expert-turned-political commentator.
The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show will be broadcast on hundreds of stations across the country from June 21st.
Limbaugh died in February from lung cancer at the age of 70.
Conservative radio hosts Clay Travis and Buck Sexton will be taking Rush Limbaugh’s time slot on Premiere Networks the distributor of Limbaugh’s show
Limbaugh died from lung cancer in mid-February at the age of 70
Conservative commentator Dan Bongino will present his own show in the same time slot on some Cumulus Media-owned stations in big cities across the U.S.
Travis, 42, founded the sports website Outkick.com while Sexton, 40, is an ex-CIA and New York police officer.
At one stage, conservative commentator Dan Bongino was thought to be the front-runner, but now he will front his own show to compete directly with Travis & Sexton.
Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, has become a popular commentator on Fox News Channel, featured frequently on Sean Hannity’s show.
Although he’s starting with slots on Cumulus Media-owned stations in some big cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Washington, DC, it’s not immediately clear how many markets Bongino will be heard in.
Meanwhile, Travis & Sexton have been tapped by the broadcaster iHeart to broadcast their show which will be distributed by Premiere Networks and heard on roughly 600 radio stations across the country.
Travis, 42, founded the sports website Outkick.com
Buck Sexton, 40, is an ex-CIA and New York police officer
It gives the show a significantly wider distribution footprint than its rivals at networks like Cumulus Westwood One.
Travis blogged about the upcoming show on his sports website which he is believed to be in the process of selling to Fox Corp.
‘I’ve always said that sports should be an escape from politics, but, increasingly, sports became politics,’ he said.
‘No one ever replaces a legend, and Rush Limbaugh is the most influential and listened to radio voice across multiple generations,’ Travis continued.
‘But the battles Rush fought aren’t ending. If anything, they’re just becoming more intense. And I think intense and rigorous and intelligent debate has never been more important in this country than it is right now.’
Limbaugh was a talk radio staple for more than 30 years. At its peak, the Rush Limbaugh Show reached an more than 15 million listeners
He will be joined by Sexton who worked at the CIA and NYPD before becoming a security analyst on Fox News.
Sexton would often appear as a guest on Limbaugh’s show and also had a three-hour evening weekday talk radio show also on iHeartRadio called The Buck Sexton Show.
‘Needless to say, I couldn’t be more excited,’ Sexton tweeted. ‘We’re going to bring the perspective of two guys who see a country they’re deeply worried about, and a massive audience that needs people who will speak for them,’ he said to the Wall Street Journal.
‘We’re not going to replace Rush Limbaugh, we’re going to have an evolution of the show with fresh voices—those that grew up on Rush and admired him,’ said Julie Talbott, president of iHeartMedia’s Premiere Networks.
Limbaugh was a talk radio staple for more than 30 years.
He was first syndicated in 1988. and at its peak, the Rush Limbaugh Show reached an more than 15 million listeners.
The day after revealing he had cancer, Limbaugh was invited by President Trump to attend his State of the Union where he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is pictured alongside his wife Kathryn and First Lady Melania Trump