UNC asks for separation of Limbaugh radio show and Tar Heel sports broadcasts

The University of North Carolina Athletics Department has asked for a change in the way Rush Limbaugh’s radio show is promoted on stations that air the Tar Heel Sports Network.

The department has asked radio stations not to promote Carolina sports during Limbaugh’s show and vice versa, Chancellor Holden Thorp said to reesenews affiliate Carolina Connection Wednesday.

UNC officials say the decision went into effect on March 6.

The request follows Limbaugh’s comment earlier this month in which he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke “a slut” and “a prostitute” after she testified to Congress in favor of a healthcare policy that would require insurers to cover birth control.

Limbaugh’s radio show and the Tar Heel Sports Network both air on local radio stations including WRDU-FM, or so-called “Rush Radio.”

“A lot of our faculty and some other folks outside of the University were upset to find out that we were connected with ‘Rush Radio,’” Thorp said.

One online petition with 1,107 signatures calls for Tar Heels Sports Network affiliates to drop Limbaugh’s show. While Thorp said that Tar Heel sports has a contract with the radio stations that also air Rush’s show and will continue broadcasting on those airwaves, the University is asking for some programming changes.

“We do understand why people are upset,” Thorp said. “Those were offensive and inappropriate comments.”

Listen to Carolina Connection’s full interview with Chancellor Thorp.

  1. This is bull Chancellor Thorp! RL apologized for his use of the words but this woman was nothing but a Dem. prop to take the attention off the real issues. Our economy is in ruins; gasoline, food, tuition…prices are skyrocketing; our national security is at risk and college students and younger are going to be dealing with probably 20 trillion dollars of debt. RL is a voice of truth and you can forget any more of my alumni money going to UNC. Pathetic how liberalism has destroyed our institutes of "higher learning." Does ANYBODY have any common sense anymore or all of you guys going to continue this "gimme–entitlement society"? It's profoundly sad.

    Comment by Ann Friday on March 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm

  2. Idiots!

    Comment by Storm on March 22, 2012 at 1:24 am

  3. As a Duke grad, this is easily the warmest I have ever felt about Chapel Hill.

    Comment by Shalomar on March 22, 2012 at 9:28 am

  4. My uncle lives in Charlotte. He has been a big donor to UNC for years (4 or 5 figures per year, usually). We talked this morning. Not one more dime will go to UNC. You fools. Your bread is buttered by patriotic Americans, like Rush Limbaugh, not idiotic beggars like Mz. Fluck (Fluke, Flook, whatever). Carbonite learned the hard way. As a college, you'd think UNC would too.

    Comment by BobHaze on March 22, 2012 at 9:37 am

  5. Limbaugh's choice of words were indeed unfortunate but this attempt by the far left to be the worlds censors never center on far left extremists. Haughty faculty hide behind tenure to criticize those who they disagree with and we need only look back at the law professors there who had to be picked up TWICE for shoplifting before the tenured herd reluctantly agreed to give up the fight to keep him on salary. This man headed the law department. If these tenured folk had had their way he would still be heading the UNC law school and browsing the local store aisles.

    I have financially supported UNC in the past and they have had a place in my will upon death. If they feel that one incident on a radio station calls for mandating the rest of the stations operations they they can go it alone. My financial support can be better used rather than support two faced political leftists.

    Comment by A. Thomas Joyner on March 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  6. Great!!!

    Comment by Luci on March 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm

  7. What a crock! I went to UNC as an open-minded youngster and now see what a bunch of phonies and hypocrites that system is churning out. BOOOOOOOO to UNC for trying to bully a radio station and its patrons.

    Comment by norris2 on March 28, 2012 at 11:36 am