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Savage Hemorrhages Hannity’s Audience: New York’s WABC Loses 50%, Chicago Down 59%
Newsbusters ^ | May 17. 2014

Posted on 05/17/2014 8:45:42 PM PDT by SMGFan

It’s the kind of conservative media story only conservatives understand.

The latest numbers are out for Michael Savage’s radio show. Recall that Savage was a key player in the battle between Sean Hannity and Cumulus radio. A battle that had an exasperated Hannity finally firing Cumulus, as reported here in NewsBusters at the time. But not before Savage, whom Cumulus had in the wings to replace Hannity in the latter’s Cumulus slots, took shots at Hannity, gloating at taking Hannity’s slot.

The Savage numbers tell a revealing tale of conservatism in the media. So let’s start with the brand new numbers themselves, numbers supplied by Nielsen Audio. They are the numbers for April – last month -, and cover 52 of America’s major radio markets. We will directly compare them here with Sean Hannity’s last numbers before being replaced on Cumulus stations - which is to say Hannity’s numbers for December, 2013. The percentages cited – again, these are from Nielsen Audio (formerly known as Arbitron) – are nothing if not startling.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsbusters.org ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: hannity; michaelsavage; michaelweiner; swimnudewithginsberg; talkradio
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Tried listening to Savage when Mets pre-empted Sean , but I did not care for Savage.
1 posted on 05/17/2014 8:45:42 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Online, when the Mets are on, you can switch to an out-of-town station to find Hannity.


2 posted on 05/17/2014 8:52:51 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SMGFan

Savage replaced Hannity on WVNN in Huntsville, Alabama.

Savage is horrible. The man is the living personification of Verbal Diarrhea.

The guys running Cumulus are idiots.


3 posted on 05/17/2014 8:53:06 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: SMGFan

Savage sells anger. He doesn’t offer ideas. He doesn’t want anything to be done. But he offers a lot of anger.

He’s more in line with the caricature the left-wing has of right-wing talk radio.


4 posted on 05/17/2014 8:53:31 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: SMGFan
Hannity is only useful in the 3 months before an election.

Weiner (Savage) is occasionally useful, depending. Borders, Language, Culture is totally correct though.

5 posted on 05/17/2014 8:54:42 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Bogey78O

He throws in invective against Israel from time to time, which is in line with the left’s propaganda against the Jewish state.


6 posted on 05/17/2014 8:55:09 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SMGFan
quote from the article...

Hannity is an indelible voice of the modern conservative movement. His very persona – upbeat, optimistic, straight to the ideological point at hand – is, as they say in conservative shorthand, decidedly Reaganesque.
7 posted on 05/17/2014 8:56:15 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SMGFan

Bi-polar doesn’t cut it on radio long-term....


8 posted on 05/17/2014 8:57:48 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: SMGFan
Savage talks as if he loves the sound of his own gravelly voice.

As long as his earphones keep working, even if he's the only one listening, I'm sure he'll be content.

9 posted on 05/17/2014 8:57:58 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: SMGFan

I gave Savage a chance but - his show rolls out like he has Adult Attention Deficit Disorder - he’s all over the place most of the time. Plus - his bragging about taking Hannity’s slot got to be a bit obnoxious.


10 posted on 05/17/2014 8:59:11 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: SMGFan
Savage is more suited to nighttime talk, and more suited to being based in San Francisco. He should've stayed where he was.

Hannity though has gone downhill with all the banter between him and his crew. It's awful.

11 posted on 05/17/2014 9:00:29 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: SMGFan

Our local station replaced Savage 2-3 years ago. Savage spent half his time savaging other conservative talk-radio hosts.


12 posted on 05/17/2014 9:01:59 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: MUDDOG

I think Sean would be better served without his new crew (and banter) and without that Dupree guy. Sean always calls the Dupree guy “the most connected man in DC”, but I’ve never even heard of him, before.


13 posted on 05/17/2014 9:02:43 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: logitech

ping


14 posted on 05/17/2014 9:03:05 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: SMGFan

Is Savage even on in NYC anymore?

NYC morning drive time radio is dead, btw. There is Imus and NOTHING else.

I’ve been listening to Terri Gross on NPR on Sirius, that’s how bad it is. (Mike Church is on Sirius Patriot and folks may like him and that’s OK, but he does nothing for me.)

There’s an opportunity there for SOMEONE!


15 posted on 05/17/2014 9:03:34 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Bryan24

Yeah, I can’t take Savage.


16 posted on 05/17/2014 9:04:01 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: SMGFan

I enjoy Savage.
Hannity? It’s a serious challenge to listen more than a few minutes...

Neither is great, but I’ll take Savage, not for his political poin t of view, but for entertainment value-—


17 posted on 05/17/2014 9:04:34 PM PDT by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: Bogey78O

Hannity is an egomaniac. I can’t stand listening to him tell me about his life, how hard he worked over and over and over…….like he’s the only one who toiled in the field before he made it to the big time.

Also, his products suck. I spent $1600.00 on that dumb-ass water softener and it’s never worked! He’s selling snake oil to a carnival of fools.

Hannity is a joke and I quit listening. Anyway, he’s a probably a paid shill who works for the Dems as an off-set to the GOP. As if we don’t have enough shills.


18 posted on 05/17/2014 9:05:33 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: SMGFan

In 1988, I listened to Rush to find out what was going on.

Now, WHEN I listen, it’s to find out how much of what I know is going on he won’t have the courage to mention.


19 posted on 05/17/2014 9:08:50 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: MUDDOG

Totally agree on the banter with Sean’s crew, always talking about his receptionist/call screener’s marriage coming up. It’s forced me to turn to Michael Medved which with respect to MM, is a pretty desperate thing to do.


20 posted on 05/17/2014 9:10:33 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: SMGFan
Hannity is well-meaning and sincere, but he is quite predictable, a one-trick pony.

Savage is unpredictable, an enigma. As others have said, he is all over the place.

For breaking news, I'd choose Hannity. But for political commentary and overall entertainment, it's Savage hands down.

21 posted on 05/17/2014 9:13:02 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: SMGFan

This is kind of an interesting phenom, and I suspected it would occur, but I didn’t think it would get this dramatic. I like Savage sometimes, but a steady diet...no. He *is* a crank. He’s rarely charming and funny but overly self-indulgent IMO. I get tired of Hannity a lot, but I appreciate his energy and the fact that he can repeat things ad infinitum. Not that I find that entertaining, but it’s IMO an important thing to develop conservative bumper stickerisms. I seriously dislike Hannity’s obsequiousness towards Rove and some other RINOs. Bottom line, for me, I don’t make it any kind of a point to listen to Sean as I do with Rush or Levin.

I didn’t think Savage would have anything near the general appeal of Hannity, with all his (to me) faults. I’m happier that there *is* a Sean Hannity than there isn’t, even if he isn’t my preference per se. Savage has some audience contempt issues that to me have got to turn off many listeners.

Remember when Palin said she’d baptise terorists with waterboarding...and some splinter of the very religious took offense to her use of the term “baptisim”. Levin defended her. And then one columnist of zero import took Sarah/Levin to task for blasphemy. Under those articles, I saw lots of folks who (via comment) took offense to Levin’s tone, his passion. Well, suffice it to say, I like his passion and yes, even yelling. Those are the people I have learned from, not the milquetoasts.


22 posted on 05/17/2014 9:14:25 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Jane Long
I think Sean would be better served without his new crew (and banter) and without that Dupree guy.

I wholeheartedly agree.

23 posted on 05/17/2014 9:14:53 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000
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To: BeadCounter

Medved’s “minute of hate” against conservatives, gets longer every year, conservatives seem to be the only group of people who don’t fit into to his polite, tolerant show, for them his venom oozes out.


24 posted on 05/17/2014 9:15:17 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Jane Long

Dupree used to appear on the Neal Boortz radio show. Boortz retired a couple of years ago, and I guess Dupree moved over to Hannity’s show. I know Boortz and Hannity are good friends.


25 posted on 05/17/2014 9:16:31 PM PDT by TheGipperWasRight
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To: Anybody

Brand new FR Keyword above comment #1. . .

swimnudewithginsberg ???


26 posted on 05/17/2014 9:16:39 PM PDT by deks (Sent from my BlackBerry Q10)
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To: Jane Long
I first heard Dupree on Neil Boortz, who was based out of WSB in Atlanta. Herman Cain, also out of Atlanta and syndicated as well, inherited Dupree from Boortz, apparently; Dupree does DC reporting for Herman like he does for Hannity.

I agree with you, I don't like Dupree either. He makes excuses for liberal misdeeds by always trying to say the Repubs do it too. (Maybe they do, but not as bad, and two wrongs don't make a right anyway!)

Hannity's banter with his crew is excruciatingly bad radio. I first heard that format from Glenn Beck and his crew. I don't like it there either (forced jokes, obvious comments, etc.) but at least with Beck it's not unlistenable like with Hannity.

Rush does talk radio the best. He has writers who prepare a "stack of stuff" for him every day, he's well prepared, and he gives out interesting info.

27 posted on 05/17/2014 9:17:11 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: BeadCounter

Medved can be infuriating, but sometimes he’s quite entertaining. I like his conspiracy shows, when callers call up with their conspiracy theories, and he debunks them.


28 posted on 05/17/2014 9:19:22 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: TheGipperWasRight

Dupree brings nothing to the show. Wish Sean would get a conservative DC *reporter* and have maybe one crew member/sidekick. He should hire Rose (?) (his sometime’s sub). They’d make a good team.


29 posted on 05/17/2014 9:21:26 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: SMGFan

Savage has issues, yes. But to say that Hannity isn’t a whiny, sniveling little puss is funny.


30 posted on 05/17/2014 9:21:49 PM PDT by TheZMan (Buy more ammo.)
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To: SMGFan

Well how long can you listen to hannity ask every guest on radio and tv the same question?

Honestly the guy takes from everyone else’s show. I only watch him for his guests. Bring back Alien Colmes. At least he made sean look smart.


31 posted on 05/17/2014 9:25:40 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: SMGFan

I almost hate to admit that I listen to Savage. He obviously has a severe personality disorder. I guess I listen to see just how absurd he can get with his disdain for the other talkers. In my opinion, Rush is still the king.
By the way, I get my US radio via DAR.fm service. It is great for those who can not listen live. www.dar.fm


32 posted on 05/17/2014 9:26:02 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: MUDDOG

Agree. I know Rush is a hard act to follow, but Sean could easily make a few changes/improvements, for the better. Sean has the talent, his show just needs some tweaking.


33 posted on 05/17/2014 9:26:55 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: SMGFan

Summary: Cumulus radio, under management of the Dickey brothers, despises the conservative talk radio that brings them so much profit. Hannity ditched them. They replaced Hannity with loud-mouth Savage, and then the audience for Savage was about half the size of the audience Hannity had been getting in the same slots.


34 posted on 05/17/2014 9:33:46 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: MUDDOG

“Hannity though has gone downhill with all the banter between him and his crew. It’s awful. “

Totally agree - reminds me of those inane morning drive talk shows. The other segment I can’t stand is the one with Jamie Dupree.

I like Hannity, he’s a fine person with his heart and brain in the right place and I wish some friend would tell him that he needs to jettison the juvenile bantering and Dupree who deflates every point Sean tries to make.


35 posted on 05/17/2014 9:37:46 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: JouleZ
He’s selling snake oil to a carnival of fools.

Which brings me to this question: Why are so many commercials on conservative radio for things that border on scams?

Rarely do I hear ads for trucks, groceries, or anything like that. It's usually "Call us and we'll settle your $10,000 IRS bill for $12!!!". Or "Protect your identity before it's stolen by the gypsies!!!".

One never hears these ads on music stations, for example. Very odd.

36 posted on 05/17/2014 9:39:09 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: SMGFan

Yawn!


37 posted on 05/17/2014 9:40:05 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'I never said that you can keep your doctor . Republicans lie about me ')
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To: Arthur McGowan
Talk radio is such a dead entity. Rush sold out twenty years ago, when he stopped doing all the spoofs and cutting edge things that had liberals howling. His show at one point became a documentary using Clinton White House talking points to help pass NAFTA. Caller abortions, feminazi updates, and discussing Vince Foster faded to black.

Savage was a wonderful host on KGO in 1994. I used to set up my Selectantenna to bring it in on weekend nights. He was very dynamic and confrontational, but he became Morton Downey Jr when he went national. He's so bipolar he goes from side to side on the few issues he discusses and the constant talking about his dinner and his dog are sleepsville.

Hannity is okay within three months of elections, as others have stated, if just for firing us up to vote for the squids. Otherwise his Rino butt kissing of “the architect,” and his pablum filled Republicanism, and defending outrages like the TSA is absolutely awful.

Talk radio is corporate formatted Republican flavored entertainment, and that's about it.

38 posted on 05/17/2014 9:41:43 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: SMGFan

I don’t listen to either. Am I missing something?


39 posted on 05/17/2014 9:41:54 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: SMGFan

Hannity is ok..a bit repetitive and dull though. Savage is angry as always...calmed down a little though. Roy Masters is by far light years beyond any of them.


40 posted on 05/17/2014 9:43:41 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: Arthur McGowan
Now, WHEN I listen, it’s to find out how much of what I know is going on he won’t have the courage to mention.
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My feelings exactly! I get tons more news and information from the Internet in about 1/10th of the time.

And....I, too, now KNOW how much Rush and the rest are too cowardly to report. Obama’s eligibility permanently soured me on talk radio and Fox. I will never forgive them. ( Not that any of them care as their wealth expands to match the size of their egos.)

41 posted on 05/17/2014 9:48:14 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: aquila48
Dupree who deflates every point Sean tries to make.

Well said. That's exactly what he does.

Sean used to be a lot better. I don't know why he went to the banter format. Another talk host told me it's because it's easier to fill the time that way.

But that's no excuse for Hannity, who like Rush has more than enough resources to hire people to work behind the scenes to help him prepare a good show that he can then deliver on his own.

42 posted on 05/17/2014 9:49:30 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Leaning Right

If something borders on a scam, it’s at least one degree of separation from an actual scam.

Add this to the fact that both quotes you give are exaggerations, it seems the commercials are likely no more scams than those heard anywhere else.


43 posted on 05/17/2014 9:49:44 PM PDT by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: BeadCounter

I listen to Medved almost every day, but he’s been saying some mean things about Ted Cruz lately.


44 posted on 05/17/2014 9:50:54 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: Luke21
Rush sold out twenty years ago, when he stopped doing all the spoofs and cutting edge things that had liberals howling.

Right you are. Rush dropped the clever, funny, and biting satires and replaced them with hour-long monologues. At work, we used to talk about his spoofs. We don't talk about his monologues.

Rush is still is asset to the conservative cause. But he lost me as a listener a long time ago.

45 posted on 05/17/2014 9:51:04 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: SMGFan

Savage is just a bitter human being and a typical whiny New Yorker. He doesn’t need a radio show. He needs professional help. As for Hannity he needs to eliminate talking with his crew and his daily segment with Jamie Dupree, the so-called most connected man in Washington. The guy never says anything provocative and you can tell he tries to play both sides of the political fence. That’s boring radio and establishment all the way. Sean’s lost his edge and he needs to be a solo host and ditch the hangers-on that are dragging him down.


46 posted on 05/17/2014 9:52:46 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: MUDDOG

Beck’s sidekicks do a very good show when Beck is away. They are very funny when on their own.


47 posted on 05/17/2014 9:53:08 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: fabian

I do not get Roy Masters. Help me. What is so great about this guy?

I don’t think we get him in my market in any case. Salem used to have him in the middle of the night but their signal is too weak to reach downtown Everett.


48 posted on 05/17/2014 9:54:11 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: MUDDOG

he’s well prepared, and he gives out interesting info.
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Rush gives out stuff that is **safe**!

Even to this day he uses the words “Marxists” or “communist” very rarely....yet...that is what they are. Marxists, communists, and fascists.


49 posted on 05/17/2014 9:55:54 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: reasonisfaith
it seems the commercials are likely no more scams than those heard anywhere else

But why then are "normal" commercials missing from most conservative talk radio? That's what puzzles me. Are mainstream companies that afraid of a liberal backlash? Or is something else going on here?

50 posted on 05/17/2014 9:56:47 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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