Sean Hannity will survive his bad week just fine
Losing his time slot on Fox News and his radio show with Cumulus Media hardly means the end for the conservative host.
First came word from the Drudge Report that Megyn Fox is taking over his 9 p.m. slot on 21st Century Fox's (FOXA) Fox News Channel. Now, Politico is reporting that Cumulus Media (CMLS) is dropping Hannity's show and renewing its contract with Rush Limbaugh, contradicting earlier reports that the company would cut ties with both broadcasters. Before Hannity's many critics start gloating too much about the potential demise of conservative talk radio, there are a few things to consider.
First, Hannity's replacement on Cumulus may be Michael Savage, who's no liberal either, though he has moderated in recent years. Certainly, he isn't lacking in self-confidence as evidenced by his on-air statement: "I am the heir apparent to afternoon drive on the East Coast and around America on Cumulus stations, which have the most powerful stations in the radio world."
Second and more important, Hannity, the second-highest-rated radio talk show host behind Limbaugh, isn't going anywhere.
According to Talkers, an industry trade publication, Hannity decided not to re-sign with Cumulus. He'll move his show to stations owned by his syndicator Clear Channel in markets "where he will undoubtedly be dropped by Cumulus such as in New York where he would move from Cumulus’ WABC to Clear Channel's WOR."
The reason for Hannity's move has more to do with the animosity between him and Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey, according to Talkers publisher Michael Harrison. "This is about the radio business, not politics," he says in an interview with MSN moneyNOW, adding that Hannity "won't skip a beat at all."
He'll likely stay at Fox, which recently re-signed him to a long-term deal, in a new time slot, possibly 7 p.m, according to The New York Times.
Fox's promotion of Kelly is more of a recognition of her talent and a hope by Fox News head Roger Ailes that the 42-year-old might help draw younger viewers than Hannity, 51, has. The channel and many others need help in that department. As Eric Wemple noted in the Washington Post, Fox News' prime-time ratings fell 34% in among viewers ages 25-54, the group most targeted by cable news advertisers.
Ailes was recently quoted saying Hannity was someone people "wanted to see," and rarely does the outspoken executive not get what he wants.
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What the liberals don't understand, nor do most Republicans, is that 67% of the Americans consider themselves Conservative Sean and Rush will be followed to whoever they broadcast through. The left continues to tell the same story until some people believe it.
What's the difference they all read from the same script.
They know nothing but sh*t comes out of there mouths but the pay is great.
And who listens to talk radio anyway but brain dead drones
He's second behind a fat drug addict who smuggles viagara! hahahahahahahahahahahaha
Because we all know that younger viewers love constant outrage, hostility, and conservative victim-hood as long as it it's being related by a blond babe.
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