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: Rush Limbaugh Jeff Christie??????????

Roger Perry
05-08-2011, 05:28 PM Christie
Jeff Christie with an unidentified child.
KQV frequently was a part of the
Pittsburgh Variety Club Telethons
Yes, Jeff Christie is Rush Limbaugh ! Christie was at KQV twice in the early seventies. Jeff originally came to Pittsburgh to work at WIXZ. He came to KQV to do nights in 1972. A number of the phrases we still hear on his Rush Limbaugh show today on more than 600 stations "all across the fruited plain" were heard when he was on KQV. You can hear a sample of Jeff's work during the 14K days at the Reel Top 40 Radio Archives ( He returned for a short time during KQV's final days of top 40 filling in middays before moving on to Kansas City. Rush Limbaugh's EIB network came from a term he used here in Pittsburgh in the early seventies. EIB = Excellence In BroadcastingBefore making it to the big time behind the golden EIB microphone, Rush Limbaugh worked in Pittsburgh. As Jeff Christie, Rush was first at WIXZ 1360, then in 1972 joining KQV when Jim Quinn left for Buffalo. Today Rush is on more than 600 radio stations.

Working on the air as Jeff Christie, a name he would use through the 1970s, Limbaugh embraced the job and the business. He first had an afternoon show and later did mornings. Between shifts, he would spend hours and hours at the station. Doing a bubbly morning show in 1972, he would get to the station well before the 6 a.m. sign-on and spend time with a bunch of newspapers and magazines, to the amazement of his colleagues. He is remembered off the air at WIXZ as a voraciously well-read student of current events who was quick to share his conservative world view. But on the air, he was as goofy as the format called for.

Toward the end of 1974, ABC prepared to sell KQV to Taft Broadcasting. Meanwhile, lame-duck management pressed Jim Carnegie, the new program director, to fire Limbaugh. "For about 90 days, they kept telling me to fire him, saying he was a no-talent bum," Carnegie says. "Finally, I either had to fire him or get fired along with him. I called him in and gave him the bad news."
To add insult to the pain, general manager John Gibbs reportedly told Limbaugh that he would never make it as an air talent and that he should seriously consider going into the sales end of the radio business.
Limbaugh phoned Harper, who had become program director at WKBW in Buffalo, in search of a job. But his admirer had nothing for him.
Three years after leaving home for the big time, he was heading home. Back to Mom and Dad in Cape Girardeau.
"I spent seven months doing nothing," he said. "I was bummed out. I loved the city of Pittsburgh." Limbaugh spent the next decade bouncing from one radio station to another. In 1979 he abandoned radio all together and went to work for the Kansas City Royals as a public relations executive. Four years later, Limbaugh was back in radio first in Kansas City at KMBZ and later in Sacramento, Calif., where he replaced Morton Downey Jr. at KFBK and became a talk radio success."

05-08-2011, 06:36 PM
are you becoming a fan?

Roger Perry
05-08-2011, 06:57 PM
are you becoming a fan?

I listened to the blowhard a few times and laughed my a$$ off. How can anyone with half a brain take anything he says seriously????????????????

05-09-2011, 03:50 AM
a few times in 20+ years? I expect you just waited for your a-ha moment and moved on.

Roger Perry
05-09-2011, 08:22 AM
a few times in 20+ years? I expect you just waited for your a-ha moment and moved on.

No, I was driving and wasn't much of anything on the radio to listen to. Got tired of the lies and half truths.

05-09-2011, 09:05 AM
That first picture is appropriately taken in front of a picture of a carnival barker! ;)