Skip to comments.Savage Hemorrhages Hannity’s Audience: New York’s WABC Loses 50%, Chicago Down 59%
Posted on 05/17/2014 8:45:42 PM PDT by SMGFan
Its the kind of conservative media story only conservatives understand.
The latest numbers are out for Michael Savages 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 latters Cumulus slots, took shots at Hannity, gloating at taking Hannitys slot.
The Savage numbers tell a revealing tale of conservatism in the media. So lets start with the brand new numbers themselves, numbers supplied by Nielsen Audio. They are the numbers for April last month -, and cover 52 of Americas major radio markets. We will directly compare them here with Sean Hannitys last numbers before being replaced on Cumulus stations - which is to say Hannitys numbers for December, 2013. The percentages cited again, these are from Nielsen Audio (formerly known as Arbitron) are nothing if not startling.
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Online, when the Mets are on, you can switch to an out-of-town station to find Hannity.
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.
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.
Weiner (Savage) is occasionally useful, depending. Borders, Language, Culture is totally correct though.
He throws in invective against Israel from time to time, which is in line with the left’s propaganda against the Jewish state.
Bi-polar doesn’t cut it on radio long-term....
As long as his earphones keep working, even if he's the only one listening, I'm sure he'll be content.
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.
Hannity though has gone downhill with all the banter between him and his crew. It's awful.
Our local station replaced Savage 2-3 years ago. Savage spent half his time savaging other conservative talk-radio hosts.
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.
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!
Yeah, I can’t take Savage.
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-—
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I wholeheartedly agree.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Savage has issues, yes. But to say that Hannity isn’t a whiny, sniveling little puss is funny.
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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
I don’t listen to either. Am I missing something?
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.
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.)
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.
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.
I listen to Medved almost every day, but he’s been saying some mean things about Ted Cruz lately.
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.
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.
Beck’s sidekicks do a very good show when Beck is away. They are very funny when on their own.
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.
he’s well prepared, and he gives out interesting info.
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.
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?