Rush Limbaugh’s first Maryland affiliate station was WCBM Baltimore, where I have had the honor of being a talk-radio host for 18 years.

After Limbaugh had been on (then 10,000 watt) WCBM for five years, he left for rival 50,000 watt WBAL, to our great disappointment and, I confess, anger.

On June 1, he returned to now 50,000 WCBM. Prior to his noon to 3 p.m. regular schedule, Rush made a special appearance on WCBM’s Tom Marr Show, during the 11 a.m. hour. I was asked to be a fellow guest, along with veteran syndicated talk hosts Bob Grant, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.

While Limbaugh was listening as he waited to go on the air, host Marr asked me for a brief comment on The Limbaugh Return.

And I replied on air:

“I perish with hunger … I will arise and go to my father and say to him: ‘I have sinned against heaven and before Thee.’

“But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and said:

‘This my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’

“And so say we at WCBM of The Prodigal Rush! He left us for years, where he was on what is widely known as ‘The-Great-Yawning-Ground-on-the-Hill’ – another radio station – where he was so often lost, or pre-empted by meaningless spring-training baseball, or by storms – but now he is found!

“Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

There were some superstars who would be offended by such needling.

I was delighted at Rush Limbaugh’s good sense of humor – which made my “Let us rejoice” all the more meaningful.

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