For over 17 years (and continuing as of 2005), Rush Limbaugh has been the most listened-to radio talk show host in the United States and the world, and has an audience estimated between 13 and 20 million listeners weekly according to the Arbitron ratings surveys. The Rush Limbaugh Show has been largely responsible for the shift in AM broadcasting to a news-talk format after an audience decline in the 1970s.He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993.
On Friday, June 11 2004, Limbaugh announced that he was separating from his third wife, Marta Fitzgerald Limbaugh, after ten years of marriage. They had originally met via the online service Compuserve.
Limbaugh is presently dating CNN television personality Daryn Kagan.
After achieving success in Sacramento and drawing the attention of Edward F.
Mc Laughlin, a former president of ABC Radio, Limbaugh moved to New York City in 1988, entering the nation's largest radio market on talk-format station WABC-AM. For a while on WABC he was preceded by commedienne Joy Behar and followed by Lynn Samuels, creating a six-hour block of politically focused radio.
Beginning on August 1, 1988 Limbaugh was syndicated nationally though Premiere Radio Networks, owned by the publicly-traded Clear Channel Communications.