Woodruff even took Limbaugh shopping for clothes, improving his appearance to make a better impression on KFBK brass.The station decided to take a chance, putting Limbaugh on in what had been Morton Downey, Jr.'s time slot.Frustrated at his lack of success, he left radio, and took a job selling tickets for the Kansas City Royals baseball team.Limbaugh's radio career was revived by Norm Woodruff, a San Francisco radio executive who urged friends at Sacramento's KFBK to hire him at a time when he was essentially unknown in the radio business.He avoided service by having his physician certify his medical unfitness due to an "inoperable pilonidal cyst" and "a football knee from high school." He played one year of varsity football in high school, and his coach, Ryland Meyr, said later he remembered no injuries to Limbaugh.Those who loathe Limbaugh sometimes describe his pilonidal cyst as "a boil on his butt", but that is an oversimplification.
He is heard on about 600 stations nationwide, with little room for further growth -- there is no major market area where his program cannot be heard.
He quickly moved to a bigger station in Pittsburgh, where he worked as "Jeff Christie", and then to Kansas City, where he used his real name.
Several times over several years he was fired for making too many, too rude political comments.
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