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…
“[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.