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New rankings for streaming talk radio shows are out, and once again, Michael Savage beat out Rush Limbaugh for the No. 1 spot – by a wide margin.
Savage earned an amazing 20.1 share of those listening on computers, smart phones and other streaming platforms. That means that 20 percent of those listening to streaming talk radio are listening to “The Savage Nation.” Limbaugh is in distant second place with 13.4.
Says Talk Stream Live: “Unopposed, The Savage Nation annexes afternoon drive, winning new listeners and justly reclaiming the top streaming talker spot. Michael Savage sparks a seismic shift in streaming talk radio as he significantly tops the other talkers, reclaiming the top talk show spot according to Talk Stream Live.
“Savage’s unprecedented margin of separation in the ratings with Rush and the rest of the talk radio universe is frankly remarkable!”
When CBS announced that comedian Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman when the latter retired next year, Limbaugh off-handedly condemned their decision. His remarks sparked overwhelming outrage among the left-wing elite that lasted for days.
Choosing Colbert – who is best known for portraying a pompous, foolish “conservative” character on his own television program – was the network’s way of telling “half the country to go to hell,” Limbaugh insisted (Free audio).
“Hundreds, if not thousands of people in the media have all praised the choice,” he continued. “I’m the one person, and I’m polarizing. I’m the nonconformist. … And this is why I never follow the conventional wisdom, because there is no thinking involved.”
A young caller who was writing a school report on the radio host called in for advice. Limbaugh suggested that the student begin his paper with the words, “If you have never listened to Rush Limbaugh on the radio, then everything you think you know about him is wrong” (Free audio).
Levin explained to skeptical listeners why the stand off at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch affects every American.
“If you have a puddle on your land, that was declared navigable waters under the Clean Water Act,” Levin pointed out, blaming “the ubiquitous federal Leviathan” for the current state of affairs (Free audio).
Levin added that this situation, and others like it, proves that we need to “get back to the Constitution … to avoid this sort of stuff” (Free audio).
Al Sharpton “is not my leader,” CNN’s Don Lemon jokingly assured Laura Ingraham, when he was a guest on her radio show this week.
Ingraham asked Lemon if he’s tired of having to agree with everything the MSNBC host and African-American community leader has to say.
“Many people think that African-Americans are monolithic and they speak with one voice, and that there is one leader,” Lemon responded. “I don’t agree with everything that comes out of Al Sharpton’s mouth, and Al Sharpton is not my leader” (Free audio).
Ingraham condemned recent remarks about immigration reform made by leading Democrats as “incendiary” and “reprehensible.” She was referring to charges made by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and others that the Republican Party was a bastion of racism.
“You can’t level charges like that without real evidentiary basis,” Ingraham said. “But they’re never called on this” (Free audio).
Beck’s response to the Nevada ranch standoff may have surprised some of his critics and listeners alike.
“I want you to listen carefully to it, because I am planting my flag here,” Beck informed his radio audience. “If you are somebody that says, ‘I’m for violence. … I am angry and I’m not going to take it anymore, and I’m going to act on that anger,’ then I want you to go to my Facebook page and unfriend me. I want you to go to my newsletter page and I want you to unsubscribe” (Free audio).
This week the Hollywood Reporter announced, “Glenn Beck is going Hollywood.”
“Beck says he is developing three original stories as theatrical films,” the trade magazine reported. “One set in ancient history, one in modern history and a third he considers ‘faith-based’ – and has optioned several other ideas, some of which could be adapted into features. He adds that he has purchased rights to his 2008 best-seller ‘The Christmas Sweater’ back from Sony and will turn the story into a movie for television or theatrical release.”