'After some testy negotiations with Clear Channel, Cumulus just reached a new syndication deal to air Limbaugh’s show. The company did not renew its agreement to broadcast Sean Hannity, the No. 2 talk-show host, who is also handled by Premiere. The Dial purchase gives Cumulus an inside track to a stable of talent to fill the gap left by Hannity or to sub in for Limbaugh the next time he runs afoul of advertisers. Here are a few options that Dial brings to the table from across the political spectrum, from right to left:
' Here are a few options that Dial brings to the table from across the political spectrum, from right to left:
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• Herman Cain: The pizza magnate and memorable candidate from the 2012 Republican presidential primaries has, well, almost as much conservative cred as Limbaugh, if not nearly the same following.
• Dennis Miller: He describes himself as “basically a libertarian,” and he’s funny—not a prerequisite in talk-radio, but it helps.
• Thom Hartmann: A progressive former businessman who aims for the “radical middle.
• Bill Press: The former chairman of the California Democratic Party.
• Ed Schulz: A former college football star and conservative who now refers to himself as “a leftie.”
If none of these guys fits the bill, Dial can cut Cumulus a sweet deal for “Pop Crush with Billy Bush.” Bush is the cousin of President George W. Bush, but politics aren’t really his bag.'