Talk-radio host Michael Savage’s long-time nationally syndicated show is about to go dark in major markets, including New York City, despite high ratings, according to his lawyer.
Daniel Horowitz told the Washington Times’ Cheryl Chumley it’s because of political distaste for Savage’s fiercely independent streak.
“Michael’s voice, unlike [his conservative competitors] has always been very independent,” Horowitz said. “Savage is completely a wild card, right? And that’s what they’re trying to kill. It’s all about corporate control. Taking him off the air is not a business decision.”
Savage told the Times the only reason he can see for the move is “politics.”
“It makes no sense. I have a loyal, large audience. Why not at least do reruns at night?”
The Times noted WABC recently issued a news release indicating Savage will move to a new format, with one hour of radio alongside one hour of podcast.
But Horowitz said he’s seen emails between Savage and WABC officials indicating “The Savage Nation” will end its run on the station Jan. 7.
Horowitz said stations in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C., also will drop the program.
In 2016, Savage was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in the category of Spoken Word On-Air Personality, based on the votes of the listening American public.
The Times noted Radio Insight reported in September that Savage’s syndicator, Westwood One, was “shaking up its weekday afternoon Conservative Talk block,” with Ben Shapiro going national while Michael Savage cuts back to one hour.
“Networks are actually losing millions of dollars in order to keep Michael’s voice off these stations,” Horowitz said.