Rush Limbaugh Rolls Out Enhancements to His Web Site
The idea behind this Web Site is interesting. A lot of Web Sites for broadcast stations and programs provide little more than a means to tap into the broadcast using RealPlayer or Windows Media Player. Rush Limbaugh's site provides access to the streamed program, but it also provides stories associated with highlights of the program. Even more interesting is that the Site is providing access to audio streams containing song parodies. These parodies are often closely guarded so that they are not rebroadcast without permission.
From an architecture standpoint, rushlimbaugh.com seems to be running without a Content Management System. This is an expensive proposition for a Site that will have to maintain high production values in order to stay on people's radar screens. Is the lack of CMS a risky scheme?
Rush's Web Site looks good at the moment, but they really need a Content Management System will probably hinder them in the intermediate term because it will become difficult to maintain the site as the volume of content grows. Anyone who has maintained a popular Web Site or a Web Site with a great deal of content with lasting value knows this already.
It is hard to know what CMS would be most appropriate for this Site, in part because it feels like a work in progress. At this level of development, they could easily run under Allaire Spectra (if they wanted something out of a can), Slashcode or Zope (if they wanted to go for the ultimate in configurability and low cost). Things like Interwoven and StoryServer look like severe overkill for them at this point.
We will have to revisit this site in a few weeks and see how it evolves. Perhaps then we can make a better recommendation.