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Michael Savage signs radio contract extension
Posted By Drew Zahn On 11/25/2008 @ 10:38 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Michael Savage (San Francisco Chronicle)
Talk-radio host Michael Savage, whose audience share ranks third in the nation with over 8 million weekly listeners according to TALKERS magazine, has signed a multi-year extension with syndicator Talk Radio Network.
Mark Masters, chief executive officer of TRN, said in a statement, “By continuing to syndicate ‘the Michael Savage show,’ Talk Radio Network is proud to lead arm and arm with one of the greatest national talk personalities on the air today. Michael is a true original – he is one in a million, and we are honored for this opportunity.”
TRN, which also syndicates popular talk hosts Laura Ingraham, Rusty Humphries and Matthew Erich “Mancow” Muller, among others, was reported by Bear Stearns in 2007 as the second largest provider of nationally syndicated radio talk shows.
“Mark Masters knows syndication. I know talk. It’s a perfect marriage,” says Savage.
“The Michael Savage show” airs live, Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time, on over 300 stations nationwide and in 42 of the top 50 markets.
Savage is a trained scientist, with master’s degrees in medical botany and medical anthropology and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in epidemiology and nutrition science. Savage is also the author of 20 books, including four New York Times best-sellers. His latest book, “Psychological Nudity,” tells his childhood stories and is largely apolitical.
Savage is applauded by his audience, known as the Savage Nation, however, for lending a tenacious, street-wise edge to his educated take on politics and society.
“Michael Savage is an original – you cannot ignore him,” says Bob Bruno, a consultant to WOR new talk radio in New York City. “Michael is a fearless, gritty, tough, funny, street-smart, talk master – that’s why we are proud to have him on WOR.”
Savage has also garnered headlines by serving as a relentless watchdog of Islamic extremism in the U.S., including his criticism of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group linked to terror-fundraising schemes and who just this week was served with a summons and complaint for various civil and criminal offenses.
As WND reported, CAIR last year waged a public campaign using excerpted Savage remarks to urge advertisers to boycott his program. CAIR stated its campaign successfully resulted in Savage losing $1 million in advertising.
Savage, in turn, filed a lawsuit claiming CAIR was illegally using his program’s excerpts. He also alleged that CAIR had received millions in foreign funding and that the Islamic group may have been wrongfully acting as a lobbyist or agent for a foreign government, violating its nonprofit status.
Savage also alleged CAIR was engaged in racketeering, describing the group as a “mouthpiece of international terror” that helped fund the 9/11 attacks, a contention strongly denied by CAIR.
But Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California threw out the case in July, arguing it is legal to use excerpts of a public broadcast for purposes of comment and criticism.
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