Michael Savage Signs To Cumulus
Conservative firebrand talker Michael Savage signed with radio syndicator Cumulus media on Wednesday, less than a month from ending a years-long contract battle and leaving the airwaves.
Cumulus will begin airing The Savage Nation on October 23, the company announced in a press release. The show will air Monday through Friday from 9pm to midnight EDT.
Savage was last heard by his syndicated radio audience of 8 million listeners on September 27, the day before he won a two-year legal battle with his longtime employer, Talk Radio Networks. The talker then told the San Francisco Chronicle on October 10 that he was in negotiations with several new syndicators about bringing his show back.
While the press release does not say what stations The Savage Nation will be heard on, Cumulus Media owns conservative talk radio flagship station WABC 77am in New York City. The John Batchelor Show is currently heard in the time slot Savage will air.
Savage may wind up on 94.7 WFME, based in Newark, New Jersey. Cumulus announced the purchase of the Family Stations, Inc.’s station on Wednesday. The company said it would announce a program change from the station’s current Evangelical Christian talk format once all the details have been finalized sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.
Industry speculation hints that Clear Channel may convert WFME to the talk radio format, perhaps as an FM sister-station to 77 WABC.
“The addition of Michael Savage is a milestone in our determined efforts to provide our listeners nationwide with the best programing in the business,” said John Dickey, co-COO of Cumulus.
“Cumulus and Savage will make radio history,” Savage said about his new partnership. “The turbulent times we live in give Talk radio a new power. This is the biggest move of my radio career and I look forward to reaching many millions of new listeners on their flamethrower signals.”