Cumulus drops Sean Hannity
Looks like Michael Savage was right: In late June, reports surfaced that Cumulus Media was planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year. Rush stayed and now Hannity is leaving—at the end of the year and at the end of his contract. Savage had said that Hannity was leaving and that he could be the one to take his spot. We have now heard it is likely to happen in several markets, so most likely Savage will be offered as the replacement.
Either way, after Hannity had said that he was “firing” Cumulus, we knew it couldn’t be long before a parting of the ways would happen. Premiere had been haggling over the cost of distribution rights with Cumulus. But who dropped who? It was likely a money issue. Premiere Radio Networks tells RBR-TVBR: Premiere Networks declined Cumulus Media’s offer to air The Sean Hannity Show on their Talk stations beyond 2013. Premiere is currently in negotiations with several broadcasters and when we get closer there will be an announcement.”
In recent weeks, Cumulus has been quietly reaching out to radio talent agents and political insiders about new local and regional station hosts to fill some of the airtime that will be left vacant by Limbaugh and Hannity, industry sources said. Cumulus is also expected to move some of its existing talent — which includes Mike Huckabee, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage — into one of the slots.
Cumulus airs Hannity on about 40 stations, including news/talkers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas and DC.