Rush Limbaugh’s gatekeeper, ‘Snerdley,’ opens up

It takes a special kind of person to keep pace with the king of conservative talk radio, Rush Limbaugh. Long-time producer James Golden, aka “Bo Snerdley,” accepted the challenge over 25 years ago, and he hasn’t had time to look back since.

The years flew by, Golden told BizPac Review in a candid interview. At the beginning “I was real skinny and I had hair,” he said.

Despite juggling the duties of producer, researcher and call screener, Golden made the high-stress job sound almost effortless as he described a day in Rush’s world.

He and his boss have a similar work ethic and a knack for radio built on decades of experience, Golden revealed (see insight video below).

The “golden” rules: Work hard, keep up with the news and have patience with people.

The down-to-earth conservative charmed a South Florida crowd at Wednesday’s Republican Business Network meeting, where he answered questions both political and personal in nature.

Golden also opened up in an exclusive interview with BizPac Review, ending with this fun “rapid-fire” segment:

Here’s a little insight into how it all comes together in the duo’s “super-secret” studio location.

Golden gets more personal here:

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  • LEL

    He appears younger and heavier than I envisioned him to be.

    • Herman Vogel

      Voices can be deceiving. We had a dispatcher in the PD that sounded like a tall, lanky white cowboy. When I finally met him to thank him for sending help when I got jump on a call, he was a short, bald, Hispanic man who has become a good friend and cohort.

  • Herman Vogel

    Gee, why doesn’t the Liberal media add the FACT that Rush’s Bo Snerdly is,,,,,Black when they call him a Racist,,at every turn?

    • Angela_de_Rocha

      Because they don’t know and don’t care. It does not fit in with their world view, so he in effect does not exist.

      • Herman Vogel

        Well, yeah, that too… ;)

      • BearNJ

        Exactly. Its the same reason the Left calls the Conservative base and the Tea Party racists. They ignore the face the South gave the country two Hispanic senators (Cruz, Rubio) two Indian governors (Haley, Jindal) and a African American Senator (Scott) plus the great former Congressman Allen West All of these Tea Party favorites were elected by majority white voters
        over white GOP Establishment types in the
        South because of their Conservative principals and policy positions. The Left repeats the same Saul Alinsky garbage to influence the low information voter with its propaganda.

        • Vance 4: 26

          A House-Nigga would tell
          the master when his slaves escaped too

          • BearNJ

            Thanks for bringing nothing to the discussion.

          • Vance 4: 26

            It’s your ignorance and selfishness to understand that keeps you from bringing anything to the discussion. Think beyond your own understanding, don’t be limited by it is the only advise I have for you.

          • badbadlibs

            You’ve become the bigot.

          • BearNJ

            I posted facts regarding the Tea Party’s voting record in the South. The Tea Party/Conservatives have made the GOP more diverse. You respond with a vile racist stereotype. You want to start a discussion with that non sequitur?

          • Vance 4: 26

            “The Tea Party/Conservatives have made the GOP more diverse.” Please explain that to me.

          • BearNJ

            Vance, I did in my original post. The GOP Rinos back by Karl Rove and the GOP establishment ran almost all white establishment candidates in the South and SouthEast. In some of these races the Conservative base/Tea Party elected Hispanic, Black and Indian Senators, Congressmen and Governors based on their conservative principals. These folks were elected in majority white states and districts because they best reflected the interests of their constituents. The reason I mention it is because this Tea Party is racists garbage is something that is accepted as fact by liberals but simply isn’t true.

          • Stryder51

            You haven’t been paying attention, have you? There are MANY black conservatives who also happen to be members of the Tea Party.

          • SaintsWillWin

            The word is advice

          • Reggie Massey

            due that is just one ignorant statement. But let me guess, you voted democrat right?? Maybe if you read and do some research about the democrat party maybe you find out that you are the House Nigga.

          • Vance 4: 26

            You darn-skippy I voted democrat and this is one reason why.

            On Fox News Sunday today, Mitt Romney blamed minorities for costing him the election, and poor people who like free things for his defeat. Romney has made several comments about minorities and his plan of “keeping us at bay.” So you tell me smart-guy, why in the world would I vote for a guy like that? I voted for Obama and proud of it! I am happy with President Obama and what he is doing for the country. He is making people like you a thing of the past and the world will be so much better when your vote means absolutely nothing just like last year. #CLINTON2016

          • Stryder51

            No surprise you’re happy with what Obama is doing to the country. He’s destroying it from within.

          • OneAmericanAmongMany

            Spoken like the leftist regimebot that you are – thank you for illustrating the point that Mr. Vogel made about “not fitting the template.”

          • linreis

            you are saying all black people who choose to follow an unracial path, such as Mr. West, is weak and disloyal, and by doing so, you yourself have chosen the racial slur…hmmm….you better find someone to explain to you how this bias is ruining the country, or any chance of bettering yourself.

      • John Grey

        W could go deeper than that. Golden said that “racism is a [mental] disease” – which shows an insightful personality; as he has obviously given it some thought. Possibly due to his employment, etc.

        Notice the same issue came to the forefront when individuals (especially in the UK & AUS) had reactions to Islam; they called individuals w/ issue re: Islam, “racist” yet we know that Islam is simply a religion with all sorts of adherents.
        It’s a cheap-shot method of shutting down a conversation.
        It appears there are two major types of Leftists. Those who have intellectual rationals to a Socialist-like format of reform and Infantile Liberals. It’s the infants who become the “useful idiots” (according to Lenin).

        Conservatives have a broader spectrum. Some are simply financial conservatives, some are social conservatives. Some are very difficult to separate from Libertarians. Pew Research & Gallup both agree that those who place religious activity as a impetus for Conservative voting are generally little more than 14%. That’s NOT a large base to call Conservative
        voting a religious-agenda…
        Politicians should do the opposite of radio – they should leave two subjects alone (guns & abortion) as they have no place as a Federal mandate. It’s obvious that it’s more productive & inclusive to be a State’s issue(s). If California wants to have taxes pay for abortions, the people in Utah should not also. If Illinois wants to have no private gun ownership, the people in Wyoming should not have to follow that lead.

    • EdgeOfTheCliff

      Rush Limbaugh’s second marriage was done by Clarence Thomas. Dr. Walter E. Williams, noted Black economist and George Mason University fellow is regularly invited to sub host on the show. Rush adores Thomas Sowell, and was a great and close friend to the recently deceased Rev. Ken Hutcherson who was known as “the Hutch” just to name a few. When Ken was younger, he always came on the show on Fridays to talk football.
      Racist? No, that would be Eric Holder.

      • Dandee

        Don’t forget Rev Ken officiated Rush’s wedding to Kathryn. Rush never impressed me as a racist. Elton John did the music. Camille Paglia is a friend. So guess what media, Rush isn’t a homophobe either.

      • Herman Vogel

        Isn’t it odd that no matter how much evidence you show, and how many time the Other side shows their bias and hatred, that he is a good person, the other side will avoid seeing the truth in favor of the BS that rubs them kindly. sad, huh

        • badbadlibs

          That’s one of the key reasons liberalism is a disease.
          No amount of facts or truths matter.

          • misterioso

            I see liberalism as actually Marxism, and that is the disease the world’s suffering from.

          • OneAmericanAmongMany

            You have that absolutely right. Look at the people the left admires – Lyndon Baines Johnson was an avowed racist who referred to Thurgood Marshall using the “N” word, but he is one of the left’s “good” guys, just as Robert Byrd (D-WVA), known KKK organizer, was lionized by the left.

          • badbadlibs

            I vacillate between wondering if the left are completely brain washed or demon possessed.

          • OneAmericanAmongMany

            Actually, I think there is a chicken-egg situation with regard to the mental health of those who slavishly follow leftist ideology. I strongly suspect that dysfunctional people are drawn to leftist ideology, because it holds them completely blameless for their circumstances. If you aren’t responsible, then you are 1) a “victim”, but 2) you are powerless to change your circumstances and NEED a tyrannical government to “level the playing field” and “spread the wealth around.” What the average liberal fails to note is that people who thrive under capitalism are resourceful enough to thrive under other circumstances, but society’s “victims” (self-appointed) are worse off under socialism / communism than they are under capitalism. The resourcefulness of those born to be entrepreneurs is the reason why Russian immigrants represent only 2% of the total population, but represent nearly 25% of the country’s millionaires. They learned to work over, around and through the bureaucratic red tape imposed under communism in the old Soviet Union, so coming here and thriving was a piece of cake. Our own people are still waiting for Uncle (Obama) Sugar to throw them the handouts he steals from Warren Buffett.

          • badbadlibs

            The con man is good at his role. Those waiting for his handouts best not hold their breath.
            Didn’t they just watch the wench he married spend millions on a lavish 50th birthday party?
            History is repeating itself before their very eyes.

          • OneAmericanAmongMany

            That’s why I refer to Obama as “The Emperor Jonesbama.” The reference is to a movie made in the early 1930s (The Emperor Jones) for black audiences and written by a black author. It revolved around a black con-artist and criminal who steals the rulership of a small Caribbean island, with the help of a sleazy white trader (Rahm Emmanuel). He soon becomes a tyrannical ruler, taxing the daylights out of the citizens and living lavishly off the proceeds. The ending is classic – the “emperor” commits suicide rather than facing the wrath of his peeps, which he knows will be a much more painful death. And if history repeats, you do know that Obama’s bio-father also committed suicide after he became a laughingstock in Kenya. We can only stand by and watch…….

          • Stryder51

            They are a special kind of stupid, aren’t they?

          • badbadlibs

            You can say that and more.

        • Myrtle Linder

          That is so true, I don’t think they can stand the truth,therefore don’t use it.

          You know, something that I cannot understand is that usually when anybody calls another dirty names, the names they use usually fits themselves. Conservatives do very little name calling.

          John 8:31-32
          31.Then said JESUS to those Jews which believed on HIM, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed:
          32. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

      • quillerm

        Obama and Holder are race baiting masters, they need the diversion to keep low information leftists in line. Worst President in History has a few more years left to destroy America.

        • curmudgeon

          he is doing a fine job so far.

    • Josef Roesler

      Racist is the one card the liberals save for the most troublesome foes. When nothing else works, ie. smears, lies, demonizing, they break out the racist card and wave it everywhere at anyone who will listen. You’ve really gotten under their skin in a special kind of way when they call you a racist.

      • Herman Vogel

        Yup, the only thing is,,,racism in its truest form IS bad,,,and it come from ALL colors. However, if you use it on everything it soon is so worn it become transparent,,,and in most case the person using it often,,,IS Transparent,,,as in Empty and void of ANY substance… ;)

        • Josef Roesler

          Normally, if you hear someone call a person racist, you can be pretty sure they’re talking about their own behavior.

    • DaveinUtah

      Sorry Angela de Rocha but “news” media and the leftist commentators Do Know who Mr Snerdly is. They just ignore it.

  • LibertysSon

    I Talked with Bo 2 times as a call in listener. He is a polite , well spoken, and a friendly presence. I enjoyed talking with him and didn’t even care if he put me through to Rush….:o)

    • Herman Vogel

      He is also very protective of Rush other then on the air. You should have heard him tear into a liberal Black last year. I have called liberal station and when I told them what I was going to talk about the screener told me to go somewhere else you my lies…it was about the Rose Law firm and what a friend of mind…who worked there,,,said about HELLary.

      • LibertysSon

        Boy, I’d love to hear that story..:o)

        • Herman Vogel

          I had it on my Favorites last year when my computer crashed,,,I now have Carbonite but it was too late to save some Good stuff. I’ll try to find it on the web…

          • LibertysSon

            I saw you on the Twitter a newby. I followed you and if you follow back you can send a private message. My Twitter Id has the word sky in it. Hope we can. I’d love to hear the story.

          • Herman Vogel

            For some reason,,,truthfulness, I guess..Twitter won’t allow me to collect followers. It would most likely be better for you NOT to follow or you too may be under the microscope… I just like rattling cages and pulling chain on liberal…and Twitter doesn’t think kindly of that…LOL. sorry.

          • LibertysSon

            Twitter Gulag isn’t usually permanent. Try another day. Or you can open a new account with a nom de plume..:o)

    • Jim

      oh God “rolls eyes”

  • bb333

    Cooool guy……….

  • Nope And Chains

    Wonder who the governor is that his favorite for president. I like Jindal.

    • GeeGee

      Could he be talking about Scott Walker.

    • Doug

      It’s got to be Christie. All Republicans support him.

      • John Campbell

        All leftists wish that were so. Of course since he stated right away that it wasn’t NJ’s governor it makes me wonder what else you have difficulty with besides listening and reading comprehension.

        • Doug

          Guilty of not listening.

      • Eric Goodman

        Thanks, Doug, for taking the time to make up my mind and remind me I am a Christie supporter. I don’t know what I would do without you.

        • Doug

          I remain your humble servant.

          • Eric Goodman

            Thanks, it’s nice to see some humility for a change.

      • badbadlibs

        He specifically said it was NOT Christie. Try listening before you comment. Is the truth able to penetrate your brain…

        • Doug

          Mea maxima culpa. But you know all GOP loves Christie.

          • badbadlibs

            The folks at the home letting you near electronics today, Doug? Go out and play, the fresh air is good for you.

          • Doug

            Excellent advice.

          • curmudgeon

            I like the way he calls out the liberal media retards, otherwise too liberal for my tastes. Much like Rudy in my mind. Like them both, but want someone more Conservative as President. Someone on the comparison of directly opposite Obozo!

      • Hanhnibal

        Let’s see who supports him after all of the facts of “bridgegate” are available.

        • Doug

          How could you not love the FatMan.

      • Michael Boland

        Ah..no we don’t

      • Stryder51

        Think again.

  • rappini pasta

    Thanks Biz Pac for that interview with Bo, I listen to Rush (aka)the Maharishi everyday.

    • John Campbell

      Maha Rushie

      • rappini pasta

        Thanks JC, but I refer the definitiion for Mararishi.

        • John Campbell

          Some how I don’t see Rush Limbaugh as a Hindu mystic.

        • Well Done

          You apparently don’t listen to Limbaugh’s show, wherein he often refers to himself as exactly the “Maha Rushie”.

  • auntielib

    “Bo” sounds like a very thoughtful, polite, and intelligent man.
    Just like his boss.

  • John Campbell

    I’m getting a kick out of this! You just can’t get more black than Bo Snerdley and I do like listening to the guy. That was a good interview. I can hardly wait for the next whiny leftist to declare Rush Limbaugh to be a racist. I suspect that if they did that in front of Goldman they’d get an earful in short order. :oD

  • faceshaker

    It’s certainly nice to know El Rusbo has a producer. Why? I was afraid he “grew it all by his bad self”. Kinda like a fungus. More “sporious” than “spurious”, the radio cowb’ is really nothing more than a pony boy with lackluster non-integrity sans a queue, the kind Chinese coolies used to wear while performing all the actual construction work on the trains–without sunburn, crawling through coal-black conduits known as “tunnels”, even as Jay Gould and even J. J. Hill, false “hero” of The Great Northern, a free range locomotive system that plowed through sacred Native American holy land like it was nothing, sat back, smoking Cuban cigars.

    How is an entrepreneur bought-and-sold by the men behind the curtain? I suppose he stands sweatily on the old soapbox as potential buyers throw-down greenbacks onto the stage.

    Poshlust all about nothing. A decent producer would demand at least a couple of fact-checkers before broadcasting uber-BS the way a sewer pipe blows murky, bacteria-infected water all over the streets and yards of the NIMBY crowd.

    When I was a subprofessional contractor, a “rush job” meant one needed to be especially careful to get the details correctly and arranged with precision. Today it means hatchet-heads get the money while the real oracles get nailed to the floor.

    • John Campbell

      RACIST!

      • faceshaker

        Do you even know what a “bar bar” is? Rush barks, you come, even though you need a silver nickel before you allow yourself to understand that apparently the Native Americans, nomadic hunter-gatherer version, were quite a bit more civilized than goobers like J. J. Hill. Had the conservative nonsense machine had even a whit of a brain, they wouldn’t be putting that parasite on a plywood pedestal, mainly because, though it’s true he didn’t depend on the government to purchase his railroad, he took the short-cut and bought it from someone else who, in turn, bought the land for cheap through government land grants.

        Beanbag brainiacs like Limbaugh never fail to never mention the great age of “free market” America before the Progressive Era would not have been possible without THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

        • John Campbell

          Sure, no doubt you being of Mohican bloodline gives you special insight into the world of Indian civilization. Don’t you have some coup to count with some of your peaceful and civilized of yesteryear?

    • Well Done

      LOL I’ll presume you failed your creative writing course, and are extremely bitter about it. Besides, anyone who didn’t know Limbaugh “has a producer” would have to know pretty much jack squat about Limbaugh OR radio.

      • faceshaker

        I won’t need to presume you haven’t a clue regarding sarcasm–even as your dentures clamp-down on the fizzy hyperbole of the histrionic “we built that” nonsense Rush rode like a Smurf for months.

        • Raymond Tower

          Progressive is just another word for commie. Liberals are the most racist and intolerant around.

          • faceshaker

            Raymond Tower cut one.

          • Raymond Tower

            I am guessing you have nothing intelligent to say.

          • faceshaker

            Guess away, big man.

    • DNS

      faces…Take a few minutes to reorganize then repost. If that does not work and you are still groping for metaphors or the perfect, specific descriptive terms to express stray thoughts that flash briefly as they pass the across the edge of your mind wait until tomorrow.

      • faceshaker

        Anything you say, Kat Man of the Happy Meal. Keep noodling for perch and crappie. But be careful, water moccasins have been known to hide in those underwater cubby holes, and the worst thing that could happen would be to be a little bitten, especially by baby snakes, mainly because their venom is especially potent, almost as loud in the blood as scorpion venom. Why am I writing these words? Because I’ve seen oxen taken down by a moccasin, and don’t happen to like what your little leprechaun does to people’s thinking, mainly because his agenda is toxic to the U.S.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn7qDn4pheE

        • Eric Goodman

          Glad to see you are looking out for the welfare of another human being. It truly shows how compasionate and caring you are.

          • faceshaker

            Eric the Viking: Don’t forget your pillow.

          • Eric Goodman

            Thanks, I need one after reading your posts.

          • faceshaker

            Wait until us all start stringing the bob-wire.

          • Eric Goodman

            I think I once saw a picture of strung bob-wire. Oh yeah, it was around a concentration camp.

        • badbadlibs

          Toxic is what we have in the WH and DOJ.
          There’s always Cuba and North Korea for folks like you. I often wonder why you just don’t pick up and move to where the government does all your thinking and doing and leave freedom loving people alone.
          But, then you’re all talk and absolutely no substance. Your type has been around since the beginning of time, you’re ordinary and nothing new. Mankind has had to deal with that kind of ideology since the start. You rear your ugly heads in one form or another of totalitarianism until the common people rise up and sweep your ideology into another dust pin of history.
          Don’t worry, humanity is getting used to how to deal with your brand of evil.

          • faceshaker

            You make us laugh with your hyperbole.

          • Raymond Tower

            You are just a WH hack and troll.

          • John Campbell

            Got a mouse in your pocket?

          • faceshaker

            Not really that “into” Mises. Been dead too long for business sex.

    • bungicord

      That was one of the longest “one line liberal talking points” I’ve ever read. It reminds me of your button pusher’s answers when he’s asked about something he’s lied about. All over the subject for 5 minutes with out getting to the answer.
      fact. You’ve never listened to rush.
      Although many try no one ever finds Rush to be far wrong.
      He actually loves liberals. You guys are cannon fodder in any debate with him.
      Listen for a while and learn something about a real wordsmith.

      • Jim

        I was a rush fan back when he had his own tv show. I even subscribed to his news letter. The reason I stopped is I find Rush is the master of half truths. He takes a point and cleverly distorts the meaning. He is very good at it. But for those that do the research it’s clear he is simply a mouth piece an loves to rile up the intellectually lazy. Like Benjamin Franklin said…’a half a lie is far more dangerous than a complete lie”

        • bungicord

          I really don’t believe in Half truths. If it ain’t true it’s false. Rush has been wrong at times. He isn’t perfect, and he usually admits his mistakes.
          As to “distorted meaning” in twenty years I’ve found that if nothing else no one is ever in doubt of what he means.

          • Jim

            Well then you don’t believe Benjamin Franklin.
            Rush is a hater that appeals to haters. Why do you think he is highest rated? Liberals can’t get enough haters together to form a large audience.

          • Stryder51

            Hate and vitriol is all the left has going for them. They certainly aren’t winning in the arena of logic.

          • Jim

            logic? more guns = less gun shootings..that logic?

          • Stryder51

            It’s a fact. Unless you’re talking gangbangers then no. However, those cities with open/conceal carry laws DO in fact have a lower crime rate than those cities (think Chicago, Detroit and Philly for example) who don’t.

          • Jim

            Every single state with the least gun control has the most per capita guns deaths. Thats a fact. If you want to have a conversation about crime or dogs or marsh mellows we can. But to day we are talking about gun deaths.

          • Jim

            rush limbaugh, hannity, fox,…spewing accusations lies…and hate. Thats why you guys have turned into such dishonest people.

          • Stryder51

            Please…by all means name one instance of anything close to being a hate-filled rant happening on Fox. I can send you a list of them on MSNBC, not to mention Bill Maher, Alec Baldwin, And there’s plenty more if you really want me to list them.

          • Jim

            They mock the right wing and rightly so. The fox news types pretend they are giving news. And mental midgets actually believe it. All liberals know Bill Maher is a commedian

    • ron thomasson

      What a liberal hack…and that’s coming from an Independent.

      • faceshaker

        ron thomasson cut one.

        • Cheryl Lynn

          Middle school humour.

          • faceshaker

            Like your’s is the hole in the back of your head.

      • Stryder51

        No sense in feeding the trolls.

    • Toastertreat

      I remember the first time I tried Meth … wow!

      • faceshaker

        Burnt toast beats pancakes? You think I care? I like flapjacks.

    • tedsteiner@yahoo.com

      An attorney would refer to incoherent, off-subject, rambling, diatribe as “nothing of substance”.

      • faceshaker

        That’s why the median IQ if the average Rush-through listener is, well, Koko the gorilla knew about 200 more words than most of them do, and she was only one of many monkey women who are listening to 13-second-Limbaugh on a monthly basis.

  • Janice DeVito

    James and Joel on WABC radio was an absolutely MUST LISTEN on Sunday evenings, way way back in the day.
    At one point James was on the cover of the Sunday Times magazine as one of the up and coming new conservative voices.
    His talents are wasted. He’s smarter than smart, kind, and used to talk about his daughter and his mom.
    I remember way back when. Wish you had your own show James. You were awesome on Rush’s TV show too.