Saturday, September 09, 2006

Hugh Hewitt Dropped In Favor of Michael Savage?

I'm a 25-year resident of Los Angeles but still visit my home town Salt Lake City often. When there, I have enjoyed tuning in The Hugh Hewitt Show while driving to appointments and even after work hours (the time zone difference allows that). I'm an unabashed fan.

Just recently, Salt Lake's KLO Radio dropped Hugh's show and replaced it with Michael Savage, someone I refuse to listen to because I think his show is simply "angry man schtick." The following e-mail from a Salt Lake listener to KLO pretty much sums up how disappointing KLO's decision is:
I'm writing to express my extreme disappointment in your decision to replace Hugh Hewitt with Michael Savage during the 4 to 7 PM slot. Your "World Class Radio" aspiration just dropped a few notches.

While I usually agree with Savage's opinions and positions, I find his outraged foaming at the mouth offensive and irritating. He hurts his cause with his whining and screaming. The man needs treatment. . . . I fear that one day he'll blow a blood vessel during one of his more emotional screeds.

Hugh Hewitt, on the other hand, is in the top tier of the radio voices on the air today, matched only by the likes of Bill Bennett and the now otherwise-occupied Tony Snow. Hewitt every day proves his high intelligence, his understanding of the issues, and his gift of expression with his calm, reasoned persuasion and the discussion with his stellar guests.He is obviously highly respected by the movers and shakers in the conservative movement. (I can't imagine Vice President Cheney or Secretary of State Rice ever appearing on Savage's program.)

Of course, one might say that Savage appeals to those more interested in discussion driven by emotion rather than intellect. Hmm.... Do the former spend more money on your sponsors' products than the latter?

I guess that during the 4-7 time slot I'll be reading Hewitt's web site instead of listening to the radio. Hopefully I can find a source where his program is streamed on the net.
The listener can take heart. I often listen to Hugh's show online, here or here. Meanwhile, I hope KLO and the Salt Lake radio market come to their senses.


Blogger Pondering American said...

I totally agree. Savage just gives me a headach and I am still not sure what the appeal is to his show. I think the station might be surprised at the complaints. IF we Conservatives and Republicans want to continue to govern we need more thoughful programs not less 

Posted by jh

Saturday, September 09, 2006 2:49:00 PM  
Anonymous DL said...

It's all about the dollar. Controversy, not information is the goal of the station. trash, whether from the left or the right, remains trash. Poor thinking on the part of some program coordinator. 

Posted by DL

Saturday, September 09, 2006 6:15:00 PM  
Blogger David said...

Very dissapointing. When I lived in Utah I listened to KLO all the time, mostly for Michael Medved. I used to petition them occasionally to pick up Hugh. He's sort of like NPR for the Right, and I mean that in the best possible way.

It's particularly sad because, KLO used to play Michael Savage to my chagrin but then another station stole him away from KLO. Then I suggested several times they pick up Hugh but they went through several mediocre shows beforfe they finally did. I had left SLC by then. So it's sad that they have come full circle. Especially to bring back Savage (yuck!).

Savage is the embodiment of how the MSM portrays the good conservative radio shows, like Hugh, Medved, and Rush. He's horrible and gives the Right a bad name.

But here, in DC, neither Medved or Hewitt are played at all. That's even more tragic. They are the best in conservative radio and deserve an audience in DC.

Thank goodness for podcasts. Hugh can be podcasted for free via or iTunes and Medved for a fee (but very worth it) from his own site.

Speaking of the podcasts, I heard you on Hugh's show a few weeks back. Keep up the great work. 

Posted by David H. Sundwall

Saturday, September 09, 2006 9:25:00 PM  
Blogger The Kosher Hedgehog said...

The sum of it all is that Hugh Hewitt represents, as advertised, "the best in intelligent conservative talk radio," while Michael Savage represents, as advertised, "the Savage Nation." KLO apparently has made its choice between those alternatives. In LA, at KRLA 870, Salem Radio Network gives us both. That way, I can listen to Hugh from 3 to 6 pm and then turn off Michael Savage. 

Posted by The Kosher Hedgehog

Sunday, September 10, 2006 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger George Berryman said...

Oddly enough, here in Dallas KSKY just dropped Savage and moved Hewitt to the earlier slot. And that's been pleasing. 

Posted by George Berryman

Monday, September 11, 2006 1:15:00 AM  
Blogger SkyePuppy said...

It's all about the dollar. Controversy, not information is the goal of the station. 

Oh, but Hugh has deep controversy, especially on Fridays, with Emmett of the Unblinking Eye's movie reviews and top-ten lists. Passions are stirred and blood boils. It's compelling radio! 

Posted by SkyePuppy

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 9:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like Savage would say, we have yes men stooges in favor of Hugh Hewitt over Savage. Hugh got dumped because of ratings. He is smart, but very boring with rebroadcasting interviews in the third hour of his show in which he had the interview of the guest in the first hour of guests.

Hugh Hewitt gets slammed in the ratings here in Los Angeles by Jon and Ken on KFI 640 AM and Larry Elder on KABC 790. Michael Savage is the third most listened radio host mationwide behind Rush and Sean.

If you guys can't handle the truth, then don't listen to Savage. I think he is hilarious and just speaks his mind. 

Posted by Neil

Friday, September 15, 2006 12:17:00 AM  
Blogger The Hedgehog said...

Neil, you seem to want to be mini-Michael. "If you guys can't handle the truth." Oh, please. We all have our preferences, and the folks who read this blog prefer Hugh Hewitt. It's not a moral issue, just a matter of preference. I'm glad you enjoy Savage's show. I simply don't. 

Posted by The Hedgehog

Friday, September 15, 2006 4:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Savage is entertaining and intellectual. The others are lame. Laaame.

Sunday, April 01, 2007 3:56:00 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Savage will let a conservative have it when they are wrong whereas Hewitt tends to defend the old guard no matter what.

Sunday, June 08, 2008 5:42:00 PM  

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