"Gene Burns – Orlando's First Radio Talker"


(February 4, 2020)

mom used to listen

to Gene Burns on radio*

she ever hear Rush

*(Local then-non sports radio WDBO – Daytona Beach-Orlando stood for call-letters – featured in the 1960s or perhaps a mite earlier a man later heard in Philadelphia, Gene Burns. He was labelled middle-of-the-road or even liberal back then. No one had a clue who this possible then-chain smoker Rush Limbaugh was, though my younger brother used to watch his television show and say it was just “entertainment,” but if you worked in county government in those final days of the seventh decade of last century you had pretty much best be seen voting Republican. The more things change…huh?

News that Limbaugh was set to begin advanced lung cancer treatment pretty much stunned his right-leaning listening audience. And, then, there he was in the gallery at President Donald J. Trump’s third-ever State of The Union Address at which time it was confirmed he was to receive The Presidential Medal of Freedom from The President. Well, that was not quite accurate according to the radio – my first such address listened to stem-to-stern and it was pure theatrical and political and perhaps more importantly American Gold: The First Lady draped The Medal over Limbaugh’s head right then. What theater!

I include Rush and his family and wife right along with my brothers in my rambling conversations with my Deity and ask His blessings and comfort on the many of which I know could use the work.

I must include, though, Rush’s listeners – and, yes, his detractors too! – in any future prayers for God’s Grace and Peace.

Mom would have agreed, I am sure.)

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