Fox News regular Dan Bongino is joining the scramble to replace Rush Limbaugh as the king of conservative talk radio.
The conservative podcaster and former Secret Service agent will host a three-hour program for Cumulus Media's Westwood One in the noon to 3 p.m. EST slot that opened up with Limbaugh's death last month from lung cancer. Bongino's show will launch May 24 in markets such as New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Limbaugh's show is syndicated in more than 600 markets and remains on the air with guest hosts and recordings of old broadcasts.
Bongino burst onto the political scene with a series of losing congressional campaigns in Florida and Maryland a decade ago, and his reaction to reports about his meager fundraising made him a joke to liberals and a hero to conservatives.
Here are some of the highlights, or perhaps lowlights, in Bongino's career.
1. Bongino flings profanity at a reporter in a 17-minute telephone meltdown he knew was being recorded after questions were raised about his campaign funding. "You are such a piece of sh*t!" Bongino yelled before hanging up. "Go f*ck yourself!"
2. He left a 12-year career in the Secret Service to publish a book criticizing then-president Barack Obama's administration, which angered his former comrades, Democrats and Republicans. "He's trying to draw attention to himself and he's hijacking the Secret Service brand," said one agent who had worked with Bongino. "That's all he's got going for him."
3. Bongino appears regularly on Fox News, where he captured the attention from fellow Queens native Donald Trump, but he doesn't work for the network and was banished from the "Fox News @ Night" program hosted by Shannon Bream. "He became unglued and was banned from this show," said one person with knowledge of the situation. "He's not someone who would typically be on the news shows."
4. The infamously thin-skinned Bongino blocked numerous Twitter users, including just about any reporter who wrote critically of him, before he quit the platform to protest his suspension for sharing election misinformation after the Jan. 6 insurrection. "Twitter needs me," Bongino said. "I don't need Twitter."
5. Bongino was one of the most prominent promoters of Trump's stolen election lies, which he pushed from his widely shared Facebook page -- which his content is regularly among the most popular posts on any given day, even as he claims to be a victim of anti-conservative bias. "I'm anticipating being banned from Facebook," he said in October. "They'll ban me, or use some excuse to throttle my page. It's going to have nothing to do with facts. It's going to be ideological."
6. The former New York City police officer is perhaps most famous for a video stunt where he bizarrely made lemonade by stuffing whole lemons into a blender, while wearing a "socialist tears" T-shirt, following an on-air blowup with CNN's Don Lemon. "You don't know crap about this, Don -- you're a TV guy," Bongino said at one point. "I was a Secret Service agent. Now cut off my mic. Do what you want to do."
7. Bongino's political philosophy can be summed up in his plainly stated desire to irritate his political opponents, as he explained during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation saga. "My entire life right now is about owning the libs," he said. "That's it. The libs, because they have shown themselves through this Kavanaugh abomination of a process to be ― I'm talking about the libs on Capitol Hill and sadly some of these radical groups ― to be pure, unadulterated evil, what they did to this guy."