The chest pains that sent Rush Limbaugh to the hospital last week turned out to be nothing serious. But for a while, they were enough to give an already ailing radio industry a heart attack.
Limbaugh is expected to return to his show today -- one week after his health scare in Honolulu made worldwide headlines. The prospect of losing the 58-year-old talk radio titan -- in same calendar year that saw the passing of the legendary Paul Harvey -- sent shock waves through the broadcast business. Among the most worried had to be executives at Premiere Radio Networks and parent company Clear Channel Radio, which had just signed Limbaugh last July to a $400 million deal renewing him through 2016.