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This week, Dr. Savage’s broadcasting career achieved a new milestone: His show began broadcasting on more stations than ever and switched from an evening timeslot to prime afternoon drive time.
Savage welcomed his new audience and thanked long time listeners for sticking with him (Free audio).
“I’m not a newcomer to this business,” he said on his first show of 2014. “I’ve been around for 20 years as of this March 21st. Before this, The Savage Nation had the third largest audience. My estimation is that, within six months to a year, this show will be the No. 1 show in America.”
David Hinkley profiled Savage in the New York Daily News, as the radio host prepared to take over Sean Hannity’s spot on the city’s prestigious WABC station.
Hinkley wrote, “A typical Savage show will weave through food, travel, music and his dog Teddy as he sorts out the events of the day.”
Changes were also afoot for Limbaugh, who, like Hannity, has moved from WABC to WOR and shifted to other stations as well.
In his first monologue of the year, he called these moves “monumental” and “a huge thing” (Free audio).
“It may not be much to those of you out there,” Limbaugh said. “I’m giving you inside baseball stuff. But in terms of the inside baseball business aspect, these are big moves, and there’s a lot involved here in the move that I’m not gonna get into. … It wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t what was the best for the EIB Network and for the audience.”
Limbaugh also paid tribute to conservative talk radio pioneer Bob Grant, who passed away at age 84 (Free audio).
Limbaugh remembered Grant as a humble, generous man, who graciously helped Rush when he was first starting out in the radio business.