Renews Long-Term Contract with Westwood One Division of Cumulus
Announces $100,000 in College Scholarships
ATLANTA, January 14, 2015 — Westwood One announces the renewal of Michael Savage's popular thought-provoking nationally broadcast radio show The Savage Nation®. Savage is ushering in a new era of talk radio with his groundbreaking “Unprotected Talk” format that he will use to interact with listeners on topical current events and lifestyle issues – with politics of course remaining an important part of the show. Savage is challenging the talk radio industry with his one-of-a-kind program by combining timely political content with the real-life issues that his millions of listeners are talking about every day including topics such as health, science, religion, culture and more.
Savage has also announced an unprecedented $100,000 scholarship fund for conservative college students, which will grant five recipients two-year awards totaling $10,000 annually. The scholarship winners will be selected through an essay contest opening January 15 entitled "What Does It Mean to Be an American?" with the intention of promoting traditional American values.
"I am uniquely positioned to discuss a wide range of topics while maintaining an authentic, unapologetic voice because of my academic background. While others focus on Obamacare, I discuss health issues," Savage said. "I'm not shying away from politics and I'm not running for office like others in the media. Cumulus has allowed me to expand my reach, but my goal has remained the same – to deliver the best, most comprehensive commentary on radio and edutain the world in the process. With my new scholarship fund I can now help inspire the next generation by encouraging education and conservative values.”
"We are thrilled to continue this long-standing relationship with Michael and look forward to the continued success of the show," said John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming. "Michael has maintained his position as not just a trusted voice in radio, but as a cultural icon."
Originally developed in 1994, The Savage Nation® has risen in popularity over the past two decades, evolving from strictly political discussion to commentary on news and other hot topics. Savage has coupled his unique perspective with a dynamic storytelling ability, forming a listener base of millions around the country. The three-hour long daily program has become one of the most-listened-to talk radio shows and a top streaming show online. More than 200 stations across the nation syndicate the show during the drivetime slot, including 60 stations owned and operated by Cumulus Media.
In addition to his hosting duties, Savage has authored more than 20 books, including six New York Times bestsellers. Most recently, his book "Stop the Coming Civil War" (Hachette) has been on the New York Times best-seller list for five weeks and he will release his third novel in the Jack Hatfield series later this spring, "Countdown to Mecca" (St. Martin's Press). He was awarded the coveted Freedom of Speech Award by Talkers Magazine in 2007 and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
For the rules and regulations of the scholarship contest, please visit: http://www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/
ABOUT CUMULUS MEDIA:
Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands in order to deliver premium choices for listeners, provide substantial reach for advertisers and create opportunities for shareholders. Cumulus provides exclusive content that is fully distributed through approximately 460 owned-and-operated stations in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 9,000 broadcast radio affiliates and numerous digital channels. Cumulus is well positioned in the widening digital audio space through a significant stake in the Rdio digital music service, featuring 30 million songs on-demand in addition to custom playlists and exclusive curated channels. Cumulus is also the leading provider of Country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand. NASH serves over 90,000,000 Country fans through market leading broadcast radio short and long-form programming, NASH/Country Weekly magazine, NASH Live Events, NASH TV and soon to be announced NASH licensed apparel and home goods. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.
ABOUT WESTWOOD ONE:
Westwood One, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cumulus, activates the power of sound to deliver compelling cross-platform audio content to more than 9,100 media partners and 225 million consumers each week. Westwood One’s rich array of content and services includes live play-by-play sports and sports talk programming; music and entertainment programs; news, talk, and information programming, 24/7 music formats; prep services; customized music, jingles and imaging; and national sales representation. www.westwoodone.com.
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