Of 120 top ranked football programs, 71, or approximately 59% broadcast on Limbaugh stations (see below). Some broadcast on more than one Limbaugh station and accounted for 170 of Limbaugh's approximately 600 stations, or 28%. 15 of last year's final 16 NCAA tournament basketball teams (except BYU) broadcast on Limbaugh stations.
The urgency of climate change makes it imperative that our institutions of higher learning take their mission statements more seriously and act now to dissociate themselves from those radio stations.
The USA Today college athletics finance database can be used to see how much each university receives for broadcast rights, including TV, radio, and internet. Some receive very little or no revenue from broadcast rights, such as Michigan, Indiana, Arizona State, U of New Mexico, making it easier to end their relationships with Limbaugh radio stations.
The Limbaugh stations they broadcast athletics on are licensed to operate in the public interest but instead form part of a nationally coordinated radio megaphone for global warming denial. It is used to attack educators and scientists and distort their work. It has been undoing the hard work of millions of concerned citizens for more than 20 years.
Associating with a university through its athletics program gives those radio stations and their talkers strong community standing and credibility. It is an endorsement. Those associations help attract local and national advertisers.
Limbaugh sets the tone for more than 1100 talk radio stations and their national and local talkers. It is estimated that he reaches 14 million Americans per week and all together they reach approximately 50 million Americans per week. The total number of radio stations that depend on university athletics and continue to deny global warming is significant.
Many of the 120 universities and colleges that are not associated with Limbaugh stations broadcast on other talk radio stations headlining national talkers such as Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham, etc. With few exceptions they parrot the same talking points and support programming and guests supplied by the big-energy think tanks. Most use call screeners to exclude challenges to their 'facts' and give priority to paid callers. There is little or no opportunity for real-time exchange.
The talk radio megaphone makes significant political cooperation on climate change impossible. It will continue to intimidate and attack politicians, media, educators, and scientists. It essentially prevents Republican politicians from publicly acknowledging our greatest national security threat.
Some universities will argue that broadcasting on the loudest stations in their state is more profitable and that is what counts. Those universities and colleges might want to reread their mission statements and study the programming that dominates that radio station. Or rewrite their mission statements.
Below the list is a sample petition that can be adapted.
In the first list the number after the team is the number of Limbaugh stations that university team broadcasts on. The links take you to the university's main page, where you can find contact numbers and mission statements. The third column links directly to sample mission statements. A few teams not on the top 120 football teams are listed.
Arizona St. 2
East Carolina 2
Florida St. 2
Georgia Tech 3
Kansas St. 3
Michigan St. 7
Mississippi St. 2
New Mexico St.
North Carolina 8
Notre Dame 4
Ohio St. 6
Oregon St. 4
Penn St. 6
South Carolina 2
South Florida 2
Texas Tech 3
Virginia Tech 4
Washington St. 2