But it's not just here in the city, (Savage is heard locally, 6-9 PM on KSFO), where the "Savage Nation" continues to thrive, but NY and other big markets where he has blown away the competition. For good reason.
Savage has re-defined the art of broadcasting. He is the master of telling a story. Any story for that matter. As I have stated too numerous times, politics is the least element to Savage's brilliance, almost an afterthought. Yes, I have heard his diatribes against Barack Obama, the administration, the Democrats, but if you listen intently, Savage has no love for the GOP either. He railed against Mitt Romney calling him a mutt and it was Savage on election night who early on reacted to the results as if he had just concluded an Italian dinner at the North Beach restaurant--pass the Cabernet.
The problem for you Savage bashers is that he's funny. You can't admit it. He's also passionate and does a radio virtuoso like no one else. Moreover, Savage keeps you glued on especially when he talks about the most mundane, the most archaic ideas that have absolutely nothing to do whatsoever with anything in particular. His frequent rants over the likes of eating Chinese food even when it's proven, (says Savage, and he's right), that most Chinese food isn't good for you; his hilarious references to his dog, "Teddy", whom Savage notes on a daily basis is beginning to act worrisome--"after all, he's 16 and that's pretty old for a dog."
Savage recently signed a mega-arrangement with Cumulus where he's now on almost 200 radio stations. It's one of the more shrewd deals Cumulus pulled off and most of you know how I feel about the cloud people, but on this transaction, they hit a grand slam. Period, end of story.
Savage has eclipsed that rare combo of broadcast inertia and appointment radio. He makes it look easy. And unlike the majority of his brethren both locally and beyond, (Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, et al), he's uniquely unpredictable and provides a cathartic three hours of everything you never expect.
Does he go overboard from time to time? Yes and it's still infinitely listenable even if you do a semi-cringe. Do the frequent utterances regarding our current POTUS as "socialist" make you stop and wonder? Sure, just enough to realize that a part of you realizes that more than just a broadcaster, Savage is, in reality, more of a performer. And it is on that platform where he hits it out of the park on a nightly basis.
Even better a few of the local posers that long ago lost their little cachet could learn a thing or two about Savage's pizazz but instead are more concerned about gadgets and cruises.
I said the Bay Area has no stars. I was wrong: There is a Michael Savage. A pain in the ass? Sure. Sometimes surly and over the top? Absolutely. Nobody is perfect.
I expect you, SF and the progressive mafia to once again call me out because of my appreciation of the Savage Nation. Bring it on. Better yet, tell me who's even one iota superior to Mr. Savage? Yeah, good luck with that.
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