The three-hour radio slot released by the death of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh will be filled by a lawyer turned sports journalist and former CIA counter-terrorism expert turned political commentator.
The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show will air on hundreds of stations across the country starting June 21.
Limbaugh died of lung cancer in February at the age of 70.
Conservative radio hosts Clay Travis and Buck Sexton take over Rush Limbaugh’s era on Premiere Networks, the distributor of Limbaugh’s show
Limbaugh died of lung cancer in mid-February at the age of 70
Conservative commentator Dan Bongino will present his own show during the same era on a number of Cumulus Media-owned stations in major US cities.
Travis, 42, founded the sports website Outkick.com, while Sexton, 40, is an ex-CIA and New York police officer.
At one point, conservative commentator Dan Bongino was thought to be the front runner, but now he will be presenting his own show to compete directly with Travis & Sexton.
A former Secret Service agent, Bongino has become a popular commentator on the Fox News Channel, which regularly appears on Sean Hannity’s show.
While he’s starting slots at Cumulus Media-owned stations in a few major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, it’s not immediately clear how many markets Bongino will be playing in.
Meanwhile, Travis & Sexton have been overheard by broadcaster iHeart to broadcast their show, which will be distributed by Premiere Networks and heard at about 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 larger distribution footprint than its rivals at networks like Cumulus Westwood One.
Travis blogged about the upcoming show on his sports website that is believed to be in the process of selling to Fox Corp.
“I’ve always said that sport should be an escape from politics, but sport became more and more political,” he said.
“No one ever replaces a legend, and Rush Limbaugh is the most influential and listened to radio voice over generations,” Travis continued.
But the battles Rush fought don’t stop. In any case, they become more intense. And I think that an intense and rigorous and intelligent debate in this country has never been more important than it is now. ‘
Limbaugh was a staple of talk shows for over 30 years. At its peak, the Rush Limbaugh Show reached more than 15 million listeners
He will be joined by Sexton who worked with the CIA and NYPD before becoming a security analyst at Fox News.
Sexton frequently guested on Limbaugh’s show and also had a three-hour weekday talk show 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 are very concerned about, and a huge audience that needs people to speak on their behalf, ” he told the Wall Street Journal.
“We’re not going to replace Rush Limbaugh, we’re getting an evolution of the show with fresh voices – those who grew up in Rush and admired him,” said Julie Talbott, president of iHeartMedia’s Premiere Networks.
Limbaugh was a staple of talk shows for over 30 years.
It was first syndicated in 1988, and at its peak, the Rush Limbaugh Show reached over 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 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is pictured next to his wife Kathryn and First Lady Melania Trump