Conservative talk radio pioneer Rush Limbaugh passed away Wednesday, February 17 at age 70 after battling lung cancer.

We learned of the news shortly after 11 AM Wednesday, when Rush's wife, Kathryn, announced her husband's passing on the air.

Premiere Networks (which carries the satellite feed of Mr. Limbaugh's show) sent a notice to affiliates concerning the status of Mr. Limbaugh's show in the wake of the news.

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"In this time of sorrow, Rush's voice will continue to be heard, providing comfort and continued insight to his legions of loyal fans," the notice read. "We will mourn together in a respectful way and celebrate the incredible life of Rush with his millions of loyal listeners. Today, a three hour tribute will air in Rush's regular time slot."

KTEM-AM in Temple has aired Rush's show for decades, and will air today's tribute episode along with archived and guest hosted shows that are expected to air in the coming days.

On February 3, 2020, Rush announced on the air that he'd been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer on January 20. Since the diagnosis, Rush had cycled through guests hosts while being in the studio as often as possible as he underwent treatment. On October 20, 2020, he announced that treatment was not effective, and that his diagnosis was terminal.

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