The Michael Savage Show “Savage Nation” Signs Off Suddenly

September 28th, 2012

Pop Friday

After settling a legal dispute with Talk Radio Network, the Michael Savage show “Savage Nation” was terminated out of nowhere yesterday. His bizarre mixture of gardening tips, erratic political talk, and anti-Muslim hate-mongering had drawn in an audience of over 8 million people.

According to a report by Yahoo News, the dispute was over a ten-plus year contract Michael Savage voluntarily signed with Talk Radio Network. California state law does not honor employment contracts of that length. A 7-year contract is the maximum allowed under California’s jurisdiction, and most modern record deals and Hollywood movie contracts fit this formula.

Is Michael Savage’s Dispute with Talk Radio Network Hypocritical?

Though most fiscal conservatives believe that contracts should be honored so long as both parties knew what they were getting into upon signing it, Michael Savage certainly doesn’t feel this way with regards to his own show’s contract. Since he is far more popular now, he wants to use California’s anti-contract law to invalidate the agreement he signed onto a decade ago.

If a law like that had been considered by lawmakers while Michael Savage was still on air, would he have been railing against it on his program? It’s hard to know, but it’s clear that fiscal conservatism is not something he practices in his daily life. He’s more than willing to let the California legislature rip up his contracts for him when they no longer suit his needs.

He spent over $900 grand on legal fees and won a judgment worth over $1 million. Additionally, he is allowed to keep the original masters of his previous episodes. Immediately upon winning in arbitration, Savage ended the program, leaving listeners and advertisers hanging.

Liberty Talk Radio Show “Free Talk Live” Vies for Savage’s Spot

In response to Savage’s sudden exit, Keene, NH talk radio show “Free Talk Live” is encouraging listeners to flood calls to Savage’s local affiliates in hopes of taking over his abandoned time slots. A Facebook event has been created to promote this initiative.

“Free Talk Live” is a great, liberty-oriented program featuring different combinations of hosts like Ian Freeman, Mark Edge, Stephanie Murphy, and Dale Everett, depending on the day and time of broadcast. Talk Radio Network would certainly benefit from syndicating their incredible program.

What’s Next for Michael Savage?

With 8 million listeners left hanging without warning, “Savage Nation” is in a state of flux. The former Ginsberg-affiliated-beat-poet-turned-anti-Islamic crusader Michael Savage is shopping his program to new networks and starting up an internet podcast. There is no word yet on which company will pick up his program.

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About the Author: Barry Donegan

Barry Donegan is a singer for the experimental mathcore band Look What I Did, a writer, a self-described "veteran lifer in the counterculture", a political activist/consultant, and a believer in the non-aggression principle.