The Philadelphia Orchestra dumps Rush Limbaugh

This from Politico:

At least 29 companies have pulled their ads from the “The Rush Limbaugh Show” since the conservative talk show host called a law student a “slut” on the air last week…The list of companies that officially announced on Twitter or Facebook that they would stop advertising on the radio show include…Philadelphia Orchestra…

What!?  That one took me by surprise.  Turns out there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation.  The orchestra’s announcement is on its Twitter feed, here.  Orchestra VP Katherine Blodgett explains here:

“[W]e don’t buy ads specifically on the Rush Limbaugh show but rather buy a certain number of ads” — on CBSPhilly, which owns several local stations — “that will air throughout a 24 hour period.”

So, no real story here.  (What a relief.)  Like many advertisers, the orchestra didn’t intentionally buy ad time on El Rushbo’s show; now they’re just specifying that their ads should not appear during the show.  [ADDENDUM: I forgot to say, bravo to the orchestra for doing the right thing.]

It’s worth keeping up with the real Philadelphia story: the bankruptcy and restructuring.

  • Truly indispensable reporting from the Inky’s Peter Dobrin (articles collected here).  His latest report on the compensation given to orchestra CEO Allison Vulgamore (as she slashes the players’ compensation) here.  Adaptistration also has excellent coverage and commentary.
  • Norman Lebrecht comments on Vulgamore’s salary and benefits package here.  It’s worth noting that the bankruptcy court will have to approve it.
  • Good news: virtuoso clarinetist Ricardo Morales will stay with the orchestra after all.  (We’ve enjoyed hearing him with the New York Philharmonic.)
  • Our comment on Dobrin’s reporting on the orchestra’s PR consultants, here.
  • Trenchant commentary from HuffPost last May, here.

–Michael

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2 Responses to The Philadelphia Orchestra dumps Rush Limbaugh

  1. JERRY BORIS says:

    DID I READ THAT RIGHT? THAT THE PHILLY ORCH DROPS LIMBAUGH AD?
    HOW ABSURD. RUSH IS 100% RIGHT ON OUR MUSLIM PRESIDENT, HUSSEIN OBAMA. , AS IS CHAS KRAUTHAMMER, ET AL.
    WHY WOULD THE ORCHESTRA FAVOR A MUSLIM PRES, (WITH THREE MUSLIM NAMES)
    BARACK
    HUSSEIN
    OBAMA
    LIVING AND INDOCTRINATED FOR 18 YEARS IN MUSLIM INDONESIA.
    THEN 20 YEARS WITH THE BLACK LIBERATION PREACHER, JEREMIAH WRIGHT.
    WHAT DO YOU THINK WE HAVE, ANOTHER JFK, THE GREAT AMERICAN HERO AND GIFTED SPEAKER AND THINKER? JUST THE OPPOSITE.

    • Needless to say, we welcome comments, but posting them in no way implies our endorsement of the statements contained within.
      Also, since this is not a political blog, we’ll refrain from getting involved with these issues. (There’s plenty of discussion elsewhere on the internets.)

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