The pressure allowing the stick to move when pushed at one end will move at the speed of sound in that material.
Imagine the rod is a slinky. Understand springs (Hooke's Law, etc.) and you understand solids in general: they are just orders of magnitude stiffer. It might be more philosophically correct to note that a spring is just like any solid rod, just wimpier. A wall resists pushing because it compresses by some invisible amount. When you apply a compression stress to a solid sample cylinder it gets shorter and the force pushing back at you is proportional to the change in length. When that force balances the load the column is in equilibrium. Picture a concrete piller as being exactly like a bedspring except for the size of the constant: the concrete compresses by micrometers.
I’ve seen video like the concrete strength tester above, but with a micrometer (pictured below) in parallel with the rock sample. You could clearly see that stress (force squeezing the column) and strain (the change in length) were in sync until something broke.
It’s all a matter of the scale of the compression relative to the size of the member, and the human perception scale.
Imagine a short rod of steel the size of a pencil. On this scale you find it hard and unbending. But, it's really a sample of a product sold as rope! It comes in spools 10 feet in diameter. For a length of a bridge span, it wobbles and is obviously ropelike.
Conversly, if you have a steel I-beam a mile long, and you push one end hard enough to shove it, you will note a delay before the far end moves, and the length shortens like a piece of rubber, compressing first, and then the wave of compression moving to the other end where that wave eventually causes the far end to move. The compression moves as a logitudinal wave in the solid, since the sample is long enough to make the speed of sound (the speed at which the atoms react to their neighbors) slow in proportion to the total time involved.
Radio would be far faster than mechanical linkages.