"Michael Savage Will Deliver Cumulus The Numbers"
Michael Savage received a pre-game pep talk from the boss Thursday afternoon that wowed him so much he wanted a copy of it to play on his show. Cumulus co-COO John Dickey heaped praise on the veteran broadcaster as the company introduced the talker to PDs all over the country in anticipation of his January 1 move to afternoon drive. Cumulus picked up Savage after he left TRN and is moving him from his 9 p.m. live slot to 3 p.m. on many Cumulus stations. The Savage move comes on the heels of Cumulus and Sean Hannity parting ways. Dickey said, "I think he is going to do a wonderful job and ultimately deliver numbers, and that's what it's all about. I'm thrilled to be in business with Michael." Here's more from Dickey...
The Savage Nation will air on more than 200 affiliates of Cumulus Media Networks, including 60 stations owned and operated by Cumulus. Some of the cities include: New York (WABC), Chicago (WLS), Dallas (WBAP), Washington (WMAL), San Francisco (KSFO), and WJR (Detroit). Dickey said, "We believe having Michael on some of our biggest stations is really going to be impactful. Talk radio has gone through a lot of ups and downs in the last couple of years. Ultimately what I think is going to lead the way out of some of those low points is more compelling content. When you think about compelling content, the thing that comes to mind tends to be people that are extremely smart, curious, intellectually adventurous, and people that are not afraid to take risks. Not afraid to look at a lot of things that are wrong with our country and society and are able to relate that and tell it in ways that are humorous, insightful, direct, and thought provoking. That's a very hard set of criteria, to be able to find someone to be able to carry that off in today's day and age -- it's been a very hard set of criteria to get talk show hosts to live up to since Rush heralded his show back in the 80s. Michael Savage has come into this business lined up wonderfully with all of those criteria."
Dickey continued with his praise for Savage, calling him an extremely well-read and smart person. "As we all know, there is a fine line between intellectual genius and craziness and Michael walks that line wonderfully. He is one of the most thought-provoking people that I have ever met. He's a great storyteller. In talk radio we are in the business of theater of the mind, getting people to spend more time with us by telling compelling stories and challenging people. Michael understands that as well as anybody. Dr. Savage brings an amazing intellect, an amazing curiosity, a passion, an ability to tell stories, an unending curiosity to explore and to challenge his listeners to join him on that journey. He wakes up every day living and breathing this. His energy is commendable, his desire to compete in every market that he's in, I have never seen anything like it before."
(10/26/2013 9:40:48 AM) |
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(10/21/2013 12:28:41 AM) |
To use phrases such as "extremely smart" and "intellectually adventurous" when talking about Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh et al shows an alarming lack of sophistication in the art of intellectual appraisal. Anyone who has ever seen either of these people pitted against a true intellectual -- something they both avoid with great diligence -- has seen them put in the shade very quickly. These are merely people with very large mouths and no shame. Such attributes do not an intellectual make.
|- Edward Cromsky|
(10/19/2013 2:18:37 PM) |
As a veteran talk show listener, and a regular audience member, since I was in high school, at one of the largest American universities' communications lectures, even though I don't want to be banned, I am frustrated with the slanted leftist b s which is being hurled at college students! If only I could get some of these "intellectuals" to listen to Savage, and make-up their own "MINDS".
|- Billy Penn|
(10/19/2013 2:01:56 PM) |
Nobody cares who Michael Savage is, except the geritol over 55 year-olds listening to AM talk radio. If Dickey thinks Savage is going to save his AM stations, he is dreaming.
|- Bob M|
(10/18/2013 12:23:05 PM) |
I own one of the many stations that lost Savage in his battle with TRN. While I'm selfishly sad for us... I'm very happy for Michael's success! He's one of the best (along with Thayrone and Beck)...after a year of struggle...he deserves his new timeslot and will surely rise to the top! Congratulations Michael and Mrs. S~ all the best from your pals at WAAM Radio in Ann Arbor!
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