Savage with male escort dog "teddy"
In the 24 hours since talker Micheal Savage won a legal battle to end his Savage Nation contract with Talk Radio Network, so it is he is really off the air--no live-no replays, Nada.
Sure enough, the KVI site is absent Savage (Weiner's) mug. This coming just weeks after KVI launched a comeback for the old KVI and conservative radio.
In ending the contract, all 375+ stations must also cease and desist from even playing best or Worst of Savage Nation. One of those to see the fallout is 570 KVI, which played his show (delayed) from 9-11p weeknights. An email to PD Paul Duckworth only brought this:
"We're working through that maze right now. Based on the court ruling, we won't have access to Savage replays. I should have more definitive word late Monday. Stay tuned."
Other stations are hopeful? We looked around and found KFLD in Pasco that has a link to the announcement on their page and a phone call hinted that he might be back but we wanted to know , who is filling in--tonight? The person possibly the janitor told us after walking down the hall and coming back with "Uh, probably Micheal Gallagher"
We also asked with the hope of finding out how practical it is for a national host to negotiate his own contract station by station or if he's even welcome back after the shit storm he caused with short notice. "Uh, we hope he comes back"
Update: we here at BW Newswatch managed to finagle a last minute phone call to KVI Gal who told us Fisher still doesnt know who will be in that time slot tonght but that Talk Radio Network assures them it will be "someone".
TalkRadioNetworks CEO Mark Masters issued a statement in response, “We are all looking forward to announcing a bright future; radio’s October Surprise will begin on Monday, October 1st.” Savage’s attorney, Daniel Horowitz, tells the AP that Savage has been fighting the network for two years to get out of a contract that was 10 years old and prevented him from switching employers. Savage won the favorable ruling in arbitration. Horowitz says the pact lacked protections afforded to artists and entertainers under California law and tied Savage to Talk Radio Network indefinitely. As for the cost to Savage to which he refers to in his missive on the website, Horowitz says Savage spent more than $900,000 fighting his case but was awarded more than $1 million in arbitration. Savage will also have access to his audio archives. Still unclear is the exact amount of time Savage must remain off the air.