Skip to comments.Watergate's Liddy reveals guardian angel: Limbaugh (retires after 20 yrs on air)
Posted on 09/21/2012 8:35:45 AM PDT by STARWISE
Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy, who left prison for a successful career as a conservative radio commentator, is retiring after 20 years and revealing two of the secrets that made him so famous so fast.
Liddy, who stopped broadcasting on Radio America July 27 and has since switched off his microphone for good, told Secrets that his radio career began over 20 years ago when he was asked to fill in for a vacationing talk show host in the New York area.
On the first day he arrived with a cold and his voice failed him. Down the hall, conservative host Rush Limbaugh had just finished broadcasting his national show and heard the "G-Man" struggling over the station's speakers. "He didn't know me from Adam but he came in, sat down and carried me for the rest of the program."
On the second day, media mogul Mel Karmazin was in his limo listening to competing radio stations in New York and was wowed by Liddy's blunt approach and told his Washington station, WJFK, to give the former Nixon aide an audition, which quickly led to a job and a long career on the radio.
When Liddy started at WJFK in 1992, he tried an unusual approach: He read news stories from the conservative press on air. "I just wanted to get the information out there. And it worked," he said in amazement.
Six weeks into retirement, politics still gets him going, especially President Obama.
"Obama is in my view a Muslim, not a Christian," he said, "and very hard left philosophically." His favorite political moment was George W. Bush winning both elections. "I still have his bumper sticker on my diesel pickup."
And on Wednesday night, he was feted by The Competitive Enterprise Institute and Shirley & Banister Public Affairs where he told stories from prison.
But at 82, Liddy said he was getting "long in the tooth" and he's eager spend time with his 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. "It's been a good ride," said Liddy, "but I"m finished."
How generous and wonderful of Rush! God bless you, G-Man .. you did good, and did it all with great personal responsibility and honor!
Wonderful article. God bless him and God bless Rush!
Thanks dear STAR!
Thank You G-Man,
You did good.
Thanks for posting and thank you G-Man.
G. Gordon Liddy has always been my favorite talk show host. Missed him the past few years and heard him recently. I am sad that he is retiring but glad that he is doing so. It is time.
Liddy’s book ‘Will’ is must read IMO, to get a different perspective on the period and personalities than the Big Lie edits of the left.
the G-man, along with Ronald Reagan, are the reason I’m a conservative today. When I was a kid, my mother (a democrat but who respected Liddy because “he was the one guy who wouldn’t rat”) took me to his lecture. That opened my eyes.
He has a great sense of humor.
And always remember, don't get between him and on of Mrs. Liddy's guns.
Saw the headline and mis-read it that Limbaugh was retiring....
He left prison in 1977 and started the talk show in 1992, so there was a little time to fill in between then.
When Liddy started at WJFK in 1992, he tried an unusual approach: He read news stories from the conservative press on air. "
Reproducing a news story and commenting on it. What a silly idea. Who would ever do that? < /sarc>
I enjoyed listening to him back in the 90s but the local station which carried him switched to sports. Then I heard him again recently and he just sounded old and not nearly as sharp as he had been. I hope his has a happy retirement.
I read this early this morning and ordered a copy of “When I Was a Kid, This Was a Free Country” ...I think EVERYONE should read it- I’d forgotten it..
God bless G Gordon.
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I was intrigued by this and so I wrote him a letter, through the publisher, asking him what this meant. He was kind enough to respond and told me it essentially meant:
Grab 'em by the balls
And their hearts and minds will follow
Since that time, I've had an identical plaque on my desk, as well as putting that Latin phrase on my business cards.
I have to respect Liddy; the things he did, he did for the good of all of us, including “Watergate.”
Imagine ... we’ll be saying that to our grandchildren soon .. I remember when America was free.
How tragic .. beyond heartbreaking. Lord, please send Your industrial strength mercy and warriors for truth ..
NOTE: G. Gordon Liddy one of the few in GOP Media who actually served his country...
Did not know Rush was a real help to G-Man when he started out in radio. That was good by Rush...considering that G-Man was his only competition in the Noon-3PM EST national radio world
Thank you for your service G-Man. Have a great and healthy retirement
Ah, good ol’ G. Gordon “Just shoot the bastards in the head” Liddy fame. Anytime I read of government like gestapo tactics I usually think of that quote.
Good luck in retirement. Mr. Liddy.
I loved listening to Liddy’s show. His interview of Ed McMahon was especially memorable, too.
Great job G-Man!
He had handlers making sure things went right, that was after he rode his hog from DC to SD.
I did not think he would last much longer based on that meeting, but he did better than I expected.
The Liddy show was #1 for me, then Rush and the rest.
I have read Will (his book), and some others by him.
What I did right was to bring a pretty blond girl to see him after meeting me.
I also gave him an An Air Defense Artillery (ADA) insignia that I wore in Afghanistan in 2002, I hope he added it to his Harley vest(he was ADA) in the Army. I doubt there were any other ADA insignia worn in Afghanistan during that time.
G. Gordon Liddy -— check out his autobuiogarfy written years ago and how he selected his wife. Very good book
Liddy called me a "good knock around kind of guy", which if you know Liddy was high praise indeed.
Loved listening to his show back in the early 90s when I was a young teen.
“It is I! G. Gordon!”
That still cracks me up for some reason.
Luv the G-Man. Thanks for the memories ...
I never thought G-man was that up in years. He had a great run. Hope he enjoys his time on the porch.
"He (Rush) didn't know me from Adam but he came in, sat down and carried me for the rest of the program."He maybe didn't know you, but he knew who you were.
I used to listen to him in the 90's untill the local station dropped him.
He could read articles on air like no other...BUT, I lost a lot of respect for him when he said his best friend was Lanny Davis. He even had him on his show a few times.
I was unemployed for about six months back in late 1994. I spent every morning working on my resume and applying for various jobs while listening to the G-Man. I found the G more interesting than Limbaugh.
People who worked with Rush here in Pittsburgh early in his career say he was a terrific guy and was always willing to go out of his way to help anyone.
You can swing a government subsidized windmill and not hit another real competitor in the conservative market.
Conservative news and commentary is one of the most underserved segments of the market there is. Rush knows more is better, always.
There are endless ways of differentiating conservatism. The reverse is true of socialism. Socialism is all about someone else’s money, until such time as the money we are talking about is yours.
It’s the old Elie Weisel thing, right? “. . . and when they came for me, there was nobody left to speak.”
My great fear is that he’ll be dead within a year. Guys like that don’t retire.
Great article, STAR! Thanks!
i got a signed photo in the 90’s when i listened.. loved his style of tell it like it is..
G. Gordon Liddy, you will be remembered and you will be missed.
An amazing book. Read it when it first came out and it made an impression on me. Have a great retirement Mr. Liddy.
Back in the mid 90’s, I had Rush, Liddy and Ken Hamblin (The Black Avenger)all in a row on the radio.
G. Gordon Liddy - audio from 2010
(2009) G. Gordon Liddy Exposes Obama’s Plans for Marxist Control of the USA
Mr. Liddy is one of my idols. I loved listening to him, he was so informative and educating. He is a master of many subjects,never at a loss. He will be missed tremendously. He is definitely one of a kind. His book Will is great I recommend it to everyone. I read it for the first time years ago and every once in a while I’ll pick it up again. It’s just that good. God Bless You, Mr. Liddy. Thank you, for your service to this country.
The G-man is almost like Paul Harvey in terms of delivery and icon class persona.
He has been sharp, witty, direct and generally right. The story of him holding his hand over a candle at a dinner until the flesh burned is indicative of his “Will”. Whether he was on the right side or the wrong side he did what he said he would do and never cracked.
He did a good job and thought he had an obligation to do well on his show. His interviews were almost always interesting and well done. He allowed his guests to talk and make points.
One memory of Mr Liddy that I’ll never forget. He, Ted Nugent and Charlton Heston were guests on Bill Maer’s Politically Incorrect. Bill and his liberal guest were over whelmed. They were taken to school. To see Mr Liddy and Mr Heston calmly dissect every comment and educate the two gun haters was something to see.
His delivery to me was more along the lines of Walter Winchell (which you may not get unless you are a radio historian or REEEEEEAL old).
I loved when he would explain to callers how he had so many guns as an ex-felon. “It’s true that due to my Watergate conviction I am barred by law. However....Mrs. Liddy has a very extensive firearms collection”. LOL!
Waaaaah . . . . no more “Stacked and Packed” calanders.
I used to see Liddy in his truck regularly on our way to work; inner loop of the Beltway between Braddock Road (where I got on) and Little River Turnpike (where he got off to head out to WJFK in Fairfax).
I used to wave at him whenever I had the chance. But I was also amused that someone with such a deep experience in intel work would follow a set schedule and route.
Ending an era. Liddy. The Patriot.
When I read earlier that he was retiring, I wondered what if any relationship he might have with Rush. Now I know “the rest of the story” (to quote another great!). Thanks for posting.
I remember Lìddy was the only one willing to follow thorough on the Vince Foster murder. Even Rush was afraid of the press.
For years I tried to get him on the radio and never found the station....but some of his stories from prison were a riot....(not caused a riot) when he would on rare occasion when he was on TV as a guest....
Hate to break it to you, but you were actually waving to one of his doubles.
Liddy was a great speaker and he had a great line that he'd use when some lib dufus would do something incredibly stupid. Liddy would say [deadpan]: “Oh, my.”