Faculty members’ and students’ opinions were widely varied in response to the University’s rejection of its affiliation with talk show host, Rush Limbaugh.
On March 6, UNC asked the local radio station, WRDU, to stop referencing the Tar Heel Sports Network and UNC alongside the Limbaugh program, said Mike McFarland, a UNC spokesman, in an email.
The decision was made in response to comments Limbaugh made in February about a Georgetown University Law student. Limbaugh called her a “slut” and a “prostitute,” during a discussion about the use of contraceptives.
Rick Steinbacher, associate athletic director for marketing and promotions for the University, said he believes the agreement between Tar Heel Sports Properties and WDRU will go on indefinitely.
Jane Brown, a professor of journalism and mass communication at UNC, said she hoped to stop the University’s presence on the same network as Limbaugh, but Chancellor Holden Thorp opted for a compromise.
“I wish we were not on Rush Radio at all,” she said. “We give Rush credence and credibility by being associated with him.”