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Posts Tagged ‘Mark Levin’

Cumulus Media Plans To Drop Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh

Two of the biggest names in talk radio (one of whom also happens to be a big name in TV news) may be losing distribution on hundreds of radio stations. According to Politico’s Dylan Byers, Cumulus Media plans to drop Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity at the end of this year, after failing to come to terms on new contracts with the hosts.

The decision comes after negotiations between Cumulus and Premiere Networks, the division of Clear Channel that distributes Limbaugh and Hannity’s shows, broke down due to disagreements over the cost of the distribution rights, the source said. Cumulus is known to drive a hard bargain on costs, and Clear Channel is known to seek top dollar for big names.

A source in the agent community tells TVNewser that “this is a public negotiating tactic, it’s about sending a message.” In other words, don’t be surprised if Limbaugh, Hannity or both men remain on Cumulus.

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Radio Host Mark Levin to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: ‘I’m going to drag your ass into federal court’

Talk radio host Mark Levin is fuming mad at MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, so mad that he has threatened to sue the MSNBC host.

On Monday’s “Hardball” Matthews said Levin exemplified the heightened political discourse on talk radio:

People like Mark Levin, Michael Savage, for example who every time you listen to them are furious, furious at the left with anger that just builds and builds in their voice and by the time they go to commercial, they’re just in some rage, every night, with ugly talk. Ugly sounding talk. And it never changes.

Levin — an attorney who heads the Landmark Legal Foundation and is a former official of the U.S. Justice Department — said on his radio show Wednesday, “I’m waiting for an allegation that is very specific against me because I’m going to sue.”

Like Matthews, Levin had his own list: “Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Joe Scarborough – test me. Test me. David Frum, you little weasel, test me. All of you.”

An MSNBC representative told TVNewser, “We won’t dignify his outlandish comments with a response.” Interesting note: Michael Savage had a short-lived weekend run on MSNBC in 2003.

Chris Matthews’ comments from Monday and Levin’s from Wednesday, after the jump…

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