Michael Savage has won a legal battle against the syndicate that runs his show. He's also off the radio, which if you're a fan of Savage Nation, as I am, is disappointing.
As difficult and complex it is to deal with Savage off the air, his on-air show is about as entertaining and funny as there is; a virtuoso of hilarious banter, brilliant monologues, and a magnificent ability to connect and often times, deliver highly engrossing content.
If that sounds over the top, so be it. And politics? I'm not a Savage believer, but politics is the least of the Savage performance--it's a form of radio that is lacking in the terrestrial world and as long as it moves the needle, then it works, and for me, Savage works.
(Full Disclosure: I have been a guest on his show frequent times.)
This latest twist presents a new programmer and/or syndicate to get Savage back on the Bay Area radio airwaves. Yes, you heard me right. In liberal San Francisco, Savage needs to get back on radio and I know at least one broadcast veteran already working hard to do just that, (more on this in a future posting).
Those of you who detest Savage because of his legendary rants are out there. Fine. Everybody has an opinion. I have tried to assert that I listen to Savage because he's entertaining. He makes me laugh, what can I say. He's unpredictable which is a part of his brilliance. If Hannity, Levin and Limbaugh were as half as talented as Savage, I'd give them a listen too but they bore me. They repeat the same old shit day after day. It's predictable and it doesn't entertain. (Conversely, other than Limbaugh and Hannity, Savage has more listeners.)
Savage has his moments. He's a royal pain in the ass, yes and he's difficult to work with--I personally know one PD that threatened to quit a local outlet because he couldn't deal with Savage. They ended up working it out because they had to. Nobody's perfect in this world. That aside, I'm looking forward to hearing Savage back on the radio soon. And here in San Francisco too.
*Hats off to a real pro retiring today after 51 years in the biz and 32 of those years at KGO Radio: Stan Burford. Probably the best traffic reporter ever. Burford didn't just report the accident on 880 or the fender bender on 101. He told you a story. He has a wry sense of humor. "Car meets tree--tree wins"--how fricking Burfordish is that!
More than anything else, Burford came out of the old KGO. A member of the club and not only a talented guy, but a good guy too.
I salute you, Mr. Burford and wish you a happy and healthy retirement.
*Those of you who inquired why I didn't write about the morning idiots that were "suspended" over some inflammatory remarks, I didn't post for a reason: I don't want to give any mention to gimmick radio. It's the most tired and lame thing in this business and I don't want to promote it.
The "we're fired/suspended" shtick went out the door many moons ago.
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