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Name: Cumulus Media
Occupation: media giant
Last Seen: Atlanta, GA
Bee-otched For: hiring a Weiner
This week, the sounds of Metallica's "Master of Puppets" and "Looks That Kill" by Motley Crue will return to the AM airwaves.
That's because after a nearly-one-month absence, Michael Weiner, aka Michael Savage's radio show is back.
The controversial rightie just signed a new deal with Cumulus Media Networks - the old ABC Radio Network, which once gave us deal old Paul Harvey - to bring his show back to the airwaves. The new Michael Savage Show will now air at a later time slot - 9 p.m. to Midnight EDT as opposed to 6-9 p.m. - and many Cumulus-owned stations will air the program, such as Detroit's WJR and new flagship KSFO San Francisco.
As of presstime, we here at Chuck69.com don't know what his station in Grand Rapids might be, especially since WOOD-AM 1300 now has a local show at night (a rarity in these syndicated times) and Cumulus owns WJRW 1340. Weiner had aired on WOOD from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Weiner was previously on the Talk Radio Network, which also airs Laura Ingraham, Jerry Doyle and Mancow. He was the company's biggest star. However, he successfully sued TRN for a million dollars claiming that he had been working on an outdated contract. Weiner won, although his lawyer fees were over $900,000. Many speculated that he would stay off the air for a long time, even limiting his show to the internet only. But, this new contract with Cumulus will put his show back on terrestrial radio, where he was the third-highest-ranked talk radio host behind Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, both syndicated by Clear Channel.
Weiner's show will now be co-syndicated with Mark Levin's show, which airs 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For years, Weiner was a popular nutritionist and author who hung out on Ashbury and Haight back in the 1960's. But along the way, Weiner became an outspoken conservative and rebuked his liberal past. On his radio show, he's attacked gays, even to the point where he told a gay caller to "go die of AIDS". He even attacked those with Autism, calling their disorder "disorder du jour" and claiming that it's "99% of the time the brat needs to cut it out". Many people were turned off by his remarks and some stations even pulled his show off or like WOOD here in Grand Rapids, demoted the show to a later timeslot. He even had his own show on MSNBC and was taken off the air for those reasons.
Now, Cumulus is taking him under their wing, and gee, what a great match! After all, Cumulus is the same company that banned the Dixie Chicks from all their stations because of Natalie Maines' outburst against George W. Bush at a concert in England and even yanked Progressive Talk from WLBY 1290 Ann Arbor even though it was its only highly-rated format that station ever had.
Other shows distributed by Cumulus include Don Imus, Mike Huckabee, Red Eye Radio and Geraldo Rivera.
Ya know, I think it's sad that there's very few liberals and progressives hosting radio talk shows, and when there is, their shows get shunned because they fight for the middle class instead of shunning them. I look at people like Rush Limbaugh and his pompous attitude towards the working man and wonder why he has 600 affiliates while Ed Schultz only airs for two hours here in Grand Rapids while his last hour is yanked off for Dave Ramsey, who has two (!!!) affiliates in Grand Rapids. Same as northern Michigan: there's three major talk stations - WTCM 580, WMKT 1270 and WJML 1210/1110 - all locally owned and between the three, the sole liberal is one lame-o hour of Alan Colmes which airs at Midnight on WJML, whose signal is only limited to Petoskey proper at night.
Cumulus: we hate liberals, gays and autistics.
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