REACH: 8.25 million-plus listeners per week on 377
stations. His flagship station is KNEW in San Francisco. He is
also the author of more than 20 books, the most recent being
The Political Zoo (Nelson Current, 2006).
FAVORITE TOPIC: Borders, language, culture.
MOST CONTROVERSIAL MOMENT: During his short-lived
show on MSNBC, when he thought he was off the air, he said to
a caller: “Oh, so you’re one of those sodomites. You should
only get AIDS and die, you pig …”
PET PHRASE(S): “To the right of Rush and the left of
WEB SITE: http://www.michaelsavage.com/
Savage is the third most-listened-to radio talk host in
America. He is individualistic, iconoclastic, and eclectic; a
passionate populist who sometimes sounds like a shock jock.
Savage was born Michael Alan Weiner in the Bronx in March
1942, attended public schools and earned a bachelor’s degree
in education and sociology from Queens College. In the early
1970s, the then-liberal Weiner traveled with beat poets Allen
Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, considered becoming a
standup comic like Lenny Bruce, and spent years wandering the
South Pacific. In 1978, he earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology and
nutritional science from the University of
By the 1980s he was turning conservative. In 1994, he
started working as a fill-in host on San Francisco’s KGO. He
was given a weekend show on its conservative “sister station”
KSFO, adopted a pseudonym from the last name of legendary
South Seas adventurer Charles Savage, and by 1995 became its
weekday “drive time” host.
Savage soon topped the local ratings for all adults and
became the highest-rated talk host in Northern California. His
nationwide show, syndicated by Talk Radio Network in Oregon,
launched in January 2000.
In his bio as a columnist at NewsMax.com, Savage writes:
“Those who listen to me say they hear a bit of Plato, Henry
Miller, Jack Kerouac, Moses, Jesus, and