Jacor Communications buying owner of Rush Limbaugh show
NEW YORK (AP) _ Jacor Communications Inc., one of the nation’s largest radio station operators, is buying the company that owns Rush Limbaugh’s top-rated talk show.
Terms of the deal to buy E.F.M. Media Management weren’t disclosed Tuesday.
Limbaugh’s show is heard on more than 600 radio stations by an audience of at least 20 million each week.
Jacor chief executive Randy Michaels said the company will concentrate on building audiences for Limbaugh on current radio stations rather than increasing the number of stations that air his program.
Including pending acquisitions, Cincinnati-based Jacor owns, operates, represents or provides programming for 129 radio stations in 27 markets, and owns WKRC-TV in Cincinnati.
It has been one of the major players in the radio industry’s rapid consolidation after the government relaxed limits on how many stations can be held by one owner.
E.F.M. Media also distributes the Dr. Dean Edell Show, a health care talk show that is heard on more than 300 radio stations.