Rush Limbaugh's longtime call screener, engineer, and friend James Golden, best known to listeners as Bo Snerdley, says the late conservative star was a "radio phenomenon unlike anyone else" who should be remembered as a "second-generation founding father."
"I wasn't Rush's producer; Rush produced himself," Golden said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends Saturday."
"I produced the show when Rush wasn't there. Rush produced himself; he researched for himself. Rush worked harder than any man I've ever seen in this industry, and I was in the industry, believe it or not, almost 20 years before I met Rush."
Limbaugh, he added, "deserved every single success" that he earned, but even beyond that, "he was one of the most generous, decent human beings on Earth."
Golden recalled several examples of the philanthropy Limbaugh and his wife, Kathryn, performed, for charities, disasters, and more.
"Diseases like leukemia don't discriminate," he said. "The millions that were raised to fight diseases benefited Americans but that's what Rush was all about. He loved America. He wanted everybody in this country to prosper. He wanted everyone, every American, to enjoy and understand their birthright as Americans and what a great and wonderful nation that we live in, and that is going to be Rush's legacy."
And if "history is fair," Golden said, Limbaugh will be remembered as not only a founding father but as a "man who in his generation single-handedly helped change the course of this nation to sustain himself and to prosper."
Limbaugh was often controversial, but Golden said that often happened because the mainstream media or others "purposely misinterpreted" what he had said.
He also said he never saw Limbaugh disrespect anybody.
"One of my friends is a liberal, very very liberal, a person I know from high school," he said. "She was on the phone crying with me the other night because she met rush three or four times and each time, he treated her so sweetly because that's who he was. He treated everybody well. He was a gentleman. He was a first-class, decent human being."
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