Funny really that Michael Savage draws so much ire and energy --pro and con--among the masses.
Put aside the all the venom, the occasionally magnificent theatre, the stories and Savage is the greatest, most brilliant, funny, on terrestrial radio.
He bends, he screams, he's a loose cannon personified with a penchant for the extreme--an entertainer with a broad scope of enemies, advocates, and listening devices.
I find him intoxicating swell with hilarious, compelling, unpredictable audio staccato --on good days, a bonus monologue about the virtues of Italian meatballs, an Indian buffet, indigestion and a conspiracy theory about how Chinese food can lead one to consider extreme liberalism --I don't even waste my time with the politics--Savage transcends that trivial pursuit. In fact, if you listen closely, politics is merely the appetizer before the main courses. Sure, it's an acquired taste not fit for everyone's menu but it matter of fact produces some of the best material on an otherwise dreary radio panel. If you want saltines then listen to the others, I'd much more prefer rye crisp and a bowl of clam chowder, New England, of course.
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*You want superficial phoniness and bland critique then I'm not for you. I will give you my honest thoughts like I did about KTVU, and KGO, and KRON, and KPIX, and KNTV for that matter. I don't play favorites, I'm an equal-opportunity shit disturber and I'm consistent. So go ahead and take your shots and pick your poison --I'm all ears. Consider this though...
1. I've been on of the biggest Larry Krueger critics on the planet. But when the Comcast guy took some unjust hits, I supported Krueger.
2. I was ripped endlessly for my frequent love letters about KTVU and how great, still, the 10 O'clock News was and praised them to the max until I sensed a series of lousy detours and called them out. Including their crummy management guys who don't know the ways and means of being PR savvy. Wonder Boy, I can understand, but GM Raponi? Proverbial suit guy with way too many appointments on the 17th at the Olympic Club.
3. Damon Bruce and I are fire and ice. I don't think Damon is great by any means but when he's into it and doesn't inflate his gigantic ego he can produce some of the very best sport-talk radio. And when he's posing, I'll make a note of it. And here's something else: I don't have to love someone and he don't have to love me to register an honest critique. See sentence 1.
4. Gary Radnich: If there were ever a definitive definition of "Hot and Cold."
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