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James Golden, better known to listeners of radio’s “The Rush Limbaugh Show” as producer and call screener Bo Snerdley, will launch a podcast looking back at the career of his longtime friend on May 12. The series titled Rush Limbaugh: The Man Behind the Golden EIB Microphone will feature not only Golden’s take on how Limbaugh changed both American politics and radio, but also a behind-the-scenes look at the top-rated radio show. The podcast plans were first reported by Inside Radio in March.

“It takes you behind the scenes for an intimate look at the way Rush operated and gives you a sense of how Rush changed America as we know it with that Golden EIB microphone,” said host Todd Herman on the Limbaugh show Tuesday. As someone who worked alongside Limbaugh for decades, Herman said Golden is the perfect person to host the podcast. “He may well be the most informed human being on behind-the-scenes activity of Rush’s radio program,” said Herman, adding, “James is one heck of a storyteller.”

The podcast has already signed two sponsors. They include My Pillow, a company headed by staunch conversative Mike Lindell, and the charity Tunnel to Towers, which provides mortgage-free homes for severely injured military members. Limbaugh was a big supporter of Tunnel to Towers, raising millions of dollars for the charity.

In a recent interview with Fox News, Golden praised the longtime radio host for his impact. “When Rush began his career, there were 1,200 radio stations roughly doing the talk radio format. Today, there are over 12,000. The number of print conservative publications, very few, today, they — it’s a flourishing market,” he said. “Rush is to me a second-generation founding father. This went beyond radio. This went beyond politics. What Rush did for America. One man changed so many trajectories in this country.” He also praised the bombastic host for a softer side off-mic. “Rush Limbaugh was one of the finest human beings that you would ever want to meet. A generous, wonderful, beautiful spirit, humble, a gentleman, always, never failed to thank people for the smallest service that they could do to him,” remembered Golden.

Limbaugh died February 17 from stage 4 lung cancer. He was 70. 

Premiere Networks has continued to feature archival clips of the host on the show in the two months since, and it has been in no hurry to change things despite some stations replacing the show with local content. “Rush’s voice will continue to be heard, providing comfort and continued insight to his legions of loyal fans,” the network said, adding the transitional programming will continue “until his audience is prepared to say good-bye.” It has been leaning on guest hosts Todd Herman, Ken Matthews, and Brett Winterble to anchor the show.

Development of a podcast based on a 30-year archive may seem daunting, but Premiere has said Limbaugh’s audio has been extensively archived and catalogued by subject, topic and opinion. That has also helped producers pull audio clips that are relevant to the day’s news cycle for the radio show.