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Conservative radio host Michael Savage canned at S.F. radio station KNEW-910
By Randy McMullen
Contra Costa Times
09/11/2009 11:33:59 AM PDT
Fifteen years after launching his radio career in the Bay Area as a starkly conservative and dramatically outspoken commentator who drew fiercely loyal fans and myriad complaints and protests, Michael Savage finds himself without a San Francisco station to call home.
Radio station KNEW-AM 910 announced Thursday it had yanked Savage’s show from its 3-7 p.m. time slot the day before. “We have decided to go in a different philosophical and ideological direction, featuring more contemporary content and more local information,” said a note on the Clear Channel-owned radio station’s Web site. “The Savage Nation does not fit into that vision.”
The “more contemporary content and local information” will now be supplied by the “John and Ken Show,” which is syndicated out of radio station KFI-AM in Los Angeles. The show features conservative commentators John Chester Kobylt and Kenneth Robertson Chiampou.
Savage’s supporters quickly began posting missives on the station’s Web site, accusing programmers of lacking the courage to support a radio host who frequently drew controversy for his incendiary remarks on such topics as gay rights, immigration, autism, the Middle East and feminism.
“Michael Savage is the only person who speaks the truth about what is really going on,” read one comment on the site. “Shame on you for bowing to the communist White House.”
It was not clear what impact KNEW’s move would have on Savage’s syndicated
show, which claims to reach between 8 and 10 million listeners on more than 400 stations nationwide.
The station also did not mention any other moves it was taking as part of its new direction. It still carries trendy and controversial commentatorGlenn Beck, for example, and its Web site still boasts the “Babe Page,”featuring curvaceous models in skimpy outfits.
There was no comment from Savage Thursday on his dismissal.