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TRN’s Battle Over Ingraham, Savage Continues

June 29, 2013

Talk Radio Network is continuing its legal fight over the loss of their two biggest starts continues.

Laura Ingraham and Michael Savage after years of wrangling with TRN, bolted the netowrk for Dial Global and Courtside Entertainment, respectively. The often contentious relationship the two hosts had with TRN is talked about in The Right Frequency.

An article in Talkers magazine says the following.

“In the original suit TRN filed against numerous radio syndication and ads sales organizations alleging antitrust violations Courtside Entertainment was a defendant but a California judge removed Courtside from that complaint ruling it was not connected to the antitrust allegation.  Now, TRN files a complaint in United States District Court District of Oregon Portland Division against Courtside and Dial Global alleging tortious interference with both TRN’s contract with Michael Savage and Laura Ingraham.  The suit seeks unspecified damages plus legal fees other and further relief.”

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Michael Savage: Always in a Fight

May 11, 2013

(This week, talk radio host Michael Savage won a battle in his litigation with Talk Radio Network. The following is an excerpt from The Right Frequency about Savage’s career in radio.)

Michael Savage angrily barked back at a caller one evening who supported the president declaring, “He is the worst leader in the history of our country. He’s inarticulate and he’s incompetent. … The man has shown he is incompetent as commander-in-chief.” On other occasions, Savage repeatedly called the president a “fiscal socialist.”
That would not seem unusual for a conservative radio show except the president he was talking about was not Barack Obama but George W. Bush.
While Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and especially Glenn Beck have all found times to critique Bush, no conservative talk show host has made it as personal as Savage, the former herbalist living in the liberal bastion of San Francisco.
Further ranting against Bush’s policy in Iraq, Savage implied it was run by his political advisors.
“What is he talking about? The same strategy of letting them get shot before they can shoot? Uh oh. Incoming. Now you can fire back. George said it’s OK. He just called from the fundraiser. He asked Karl Rove,” Savage said. “I don’t want to see another body bag coming back. Every death didn’t have to happen. Every one of them.
Every injury didn’t have to happen. I never heard of this in my lifetime.
We have the most powerful weaponry in the world and we rarely use it. Instead we send boys into hand-to-hand combat. Why?
Why? Why? You don’t know the answer? You can’t figure it out? No bid contracts.”
To be sure, Savage let Obama have it even worse, but during the Obama administration, he never let up on the legacy of Bush. He also regularly lambasts other conservative talk radio hosts for defending Bush. “He’s nothing but a checked pants, country club, Rockefeller Republican, a compromiser and a phony through and through,” an irate Savage said to one caller trying to defend Bush. “The man expanded the government more so than his previous four presidents. Are you aware of any of that or have you taken the Kool-Aid for so long from Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about?”
After the 2008 bank bailout, he even called for impeachment— which only the most fringe left activist had called for and Democratic leaders in Congress had rejected.

“If you love your country, why do you let George Bush get away with this? I’m going to tell you something, and I’ll say it right now,
I would welcome an impeachment investigation of George W. Bush,” Savage said. “You can put me on record for that. I would welcome
an impeachment investigation of George W. Bush and Hank Paulson.”
Michael Savage does not want to be part of any clique, and has been as much an annoyance to many conservatives as a scourge to many liberals.
Michael Weiner, his non-radio name, grew up in New York, living in Manhattan, the Bronx and in Queens. His grandfather Sam Weiner was a Russian Jewish immigrant that came to the United States during World War I, bringing his wife and children, including Savage’s father. His father was an antiques dealer.
After earning a bachelor’s at Queens College, Michael Weiner worked as a school teacher and social worker before going to the University of Hawaii, where he earned two master’s degrees, one in one in medical botany and one in medical anthropology in 1972.
By 1978, he earned a doctorate at University of California Berkeley in Epidemiology and Nutritional Ethno-Medicine in 1978. He said
he sought professorships “but I received ‘drop dead’ letters from universities because I was not black, or Hispanic, or a woman.”
Still, he wrote 18 books on homeopathic medicine and folk remedy books, in his field.760 After promoting his books on many radio shows, he launched his own show. His radio career began on KSFO in 1994 as a local Bay Area host, and he went from being known as Dr. Michael Weiner to Michael Savage. He went into national syndication in 2000 through Talk Radio Network.
His family has kept up the previous career with a family business in Southern California called Rockstar, an herbal energy soft drink firm.
To make a point, Savage applied to be the dean of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, after taking on his radio position.
When the school gave the job to Orville Schell, an author and journalist, Savage sued. But he later dropped the case.
He was not always so dour on Bush.
He was a major cheerleader for going to war in Iraq in 2002 and 2003. He once said, “If it’s all about the oil, and seizing the oil for America, then so what?” he said. “If we permit those Arab cutthroat murderers to keep all the oil, we’ll be down on all fours in 20 years.”
Savage claimed to love his adopted hometown, but rarely missed a chance to denounce its leftism and political correctness, in his book “The Savage Nation,” he wrote, “San Francisco is filled with human plague like this because of the ultraliberalism that is killing the city. I’m convinced it’s the only city left in America that permits eels like this to crawl around. It’s the city of, well, not tolerance, but of hatred. Hatred for anything normal. Hatred for Law and Order.
Hatred for decency. Hatred for mama and apple pie and the roses in your hand.”
Before MSNBC became the San Francisco of cable news channels, it hired him to do a one-hour show. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the National Organization for Women and other liberal groups immediately opposed the network giving him the show. Savage explained they should not be opposed. “On a sexual level I’m a libertarian,” he said, and added, as a way to show he does not discriminate, he said he hired “a nice big strapping lesbian” as his personal security guard. That hardly defused GLAD’s protest, but then again, that was probably never the intent.
“Michael Savage is brash, passionate and smart,” MSNBC President Erik Sorenson said at the time. “His conservative point of view adds to the kaleidoscope of perspectives already heard on MSNBC—a place where a range of voices have their say, without any one dominating the channel itself.”

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Laura Ingraham: First Lady of Conservative Radio

December 1, 2012

This week Laura Ingraham and her distributor, Talk Radio Network, parted ways, leaving Ingraham off the radio airwaves. That’s only a matter of time, as Ingraham is the highest rated female host and one of the overall biggest talkers. Below is an excerpt profiling Ingraham’s career from The Right Frequency. Click here to order a copy of The Right Frequency.

The most listened to woman on talk radio scoffs at the idea of simply doing politics, frequently talking about entertainment, the culture and “pornification” of America, her dog, her adopted children and family in general. Of course all of these things have some connection to politics, or at least to conservative philosophy. She also has one of the funniest programs on air, plays pop music leading into commercial breaks, goes off on irreverent chats with her staff in the studio, making fun of them, and they her. She is heard on more than 350 stations nationwide with 5.5 million listeners per week. She interviews occasional celebrities as well as politicians, and carries segments such as “Lie of the Day.”

“I would shrivel up and die if my show was entirely focused on politics,” she said in 2003 after the publication of her second book “Shut Up and Sing” an indictment of the entertainment industry. “I think you win hearts and minds with facts, passion and humor. And you win young minds by knowing the culture, not just by trashing it. I’m a huge [Bruce] Springsteen, Coldplay and Ryan Adams fan … and they are all hopelessly left-wing. Hence the title, ‘Shut Up and Sing.’”

She led a successful on-air campaign in 2007 that prompted Verizon, the telecom giant, to drop its sponsorship of rap artist Akon, over his obscene on-stage performances. She also lets the pop culture have it, suc critiquing the absurdity on display at the MTV Video Music Awards.

“You have this spectacle of narcissism, materialism, lack of talent and sheer stupidity all coalescing on one stage in one hideous Las Vegas venue and not one of these freak shows mentioned the military.”

Ingraham said. “None of these talentless bubble brains mentioned the sacrifice of these men and women or referenced 9/11. You contrast the image of Britney [Spears] with the lieutenant from Newark with 80 pounds on his back with 120 degree heat walking the desert and that tells you how much we are disconnected from that notion of sacrificial consequences.”

The notoriety has launched her to the top of The New York Times best-seller list numerous times. Her earliest book was in 2000, “The Hillary Trap.” That was followed by “Shut Up & Sing,”; “Power to the People,” a mixture of a call to grassroots action, memoir and commentary; “The Obama Diaries,” a spoof of what Obama would say from Ingraham’s perspective in his diary. Most recently she wrote, “Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline form Muffin Tops to Body Shots.”

A native of Glastonbury, Connecticut, Ingraham attended Dartmouth College, where she became editor of the Dartmouth Review, the campus’s conservative newspaper, and interviewed notables such as Education Secretary William Bennett, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan and American Spectator publisher R. Emmett Tyrell.

“The Review took over my life,” Ingraham said. “Here you had all these ‘60s liberals—who used to be storming administration buildings themselves—in power at Dartmouth, and they didn’t know what to do with this conservative independent paper. I was sued a couple of times for libel by professors. We ended up on ’60 Minutes.’ It was a real catalyst for political involvement—and made doing ‘Crossfire’ look like nothing.”

From there, she went to Washington to work for the Department of Education, the Department of Transportation and as a speechwriter for the White House in the last days of the Reagan administration. From there, she headed to the University of Virginia School of Law.

She returned to Washington to clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Then, she went to work for the Washington firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom working with Bob Bennett, President Clinton’s attorney in the Paula Jones suit and brother of Bill Bennett, where she stayed from 1993 through 1996.

See the complete biographical profile of Ingraham in The Right Frequency.