Massachusetts’ WBEC (95.9 FM) Cancels Rush Limbaugh Program
Massachusetts’ WBEC (95.9 FM) has reportedly made the decision to discontinue the Rush Limbaugh program. Located in Pittsfield, Massachusssetts, WBEC is the second station to cancel Rush Limbaugh’s show; Hawaii’s KPUA was the first to take this action.
New England Public Radio News reports:
A commercial radio station in Pittsfield, Massachusetts– 96.9 FM [sic], WBEC– says it is dropping the Rush Limbaugh show in the wake of Limbaugh’s comments on contraception last week.
[...] General Manager Peter Barry says his station hadn’t yet lost any advertisers as a result of Rush’s comments, and no more than a handful of callers had voiced complaints. But he says over the years he and station staff have grown increasingly uncomfortable with Limbaugh’s rhetoric.
“The nature of Rush’s programming has always presented challenges for us and he’s always pushed the envelope. But this time he’s taken it too far.”
Barry says he doesn’t anticipate that the station will broadcast Limbaugh’s program in the future. He says the station has yet to fill the afternoon 12-3 time slot. Limbaugh has apologized to the law student for his choice of words. Attempts to reach Limbaugh’s company were not successful.
On a related note, to date 12 advertisers have also publicly stated that they will cease advertising on Rush Limbaugh’s program.