The most well-known American radio personality, Rush Limbaugh, would have turned 71 today. A conservative voice, he held sway over the opinion of his millions of listeners for decades.
Limbaugh virtually single-handedly revitalized the medium of radio talk shows. He survived the advent of television, withstood the inundation of satellite channels, and continued to keep his listeners entertained and informed in the age of the internet.
Born on January 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Limbaugh graduated from Cape Girardeau Central High School and, as a teenager, discovered the world of radio at the local station. Not even college could obscure his interest, and he dropped out of Southeast Missouri State University after a year.