Veteran radio talk show host Michael Savage credits the resurgence of his show to his status as an "independent conservative."
"I've come back from the living dead as a result of Cumulus giving me this phenomenal opportunity on their station. I mean they have the best stations in the country and the biggest markets, everyone knows that. The question was, what are you going to do with it once you have it? Can you really make it work? I always felt I could but of course there was always trepidation," he told Newsmax TV's John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" Thursday.
Savage's nationally syndicated show, "The Savage Nation," aired on Talk Radio Network until September 2012. The following month, after several weeks off air, Savage returned through syndicator Cumulus Media Networks.
In January his show moved to the afternoon drive time of 3 to 6 pm ET, where he replaced Sean Hannity.
"January, February I really crushed my No. 1 competitor, who has some very bad things to say about me. That was all Sean Hannity. I don't think he's whistling too happily right now, but nevertheless, head-to-head in the major markets, I've doubled and tripled the ratings on the station. So the question is why. I don't have a direct answer but not being aligned with the Republican Party for almost 20 years of radio, and God knows we need the Republican Party because I said the worst Republican is better than the best Democrat right now," he said.
"But I'm an independent conservative. I have been for years. Tremendous problems with the middle-of-the-road approach. At the end of the day, the answer is that because I'm not aligned, I don't read talking points, I really give one man's opinion. Whether people agree with me or not, at least they hear what I think and they like an unfiltered opinion in a world of watching these said talking points or what do you call those things, focus group points where people just say what they think the audience wants to hear."
"Aspects of the show, combined with my politics and stories and such has worked its magic. At least that's what I think," he added.
Asked why his San Francisco-based show has strong appeal in such an unlikely area , Savage replied, "There are more conservatives [there] than the newspapers and media will let you believe. As you well know, America has the same story. Not everyone's a loony, left-wing fanatic who supports Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein's insanities. The people can't stand them.
"The problem is there's never been an opposition voice here. There hasn't been an opposition voice in 30 years. It's a one-party state. Hopefully they will change now they just arrested [California State Sen.] Leland Yee in the biggest corruption case in my lifetime," he said, referring to Wednesday's indictment of Yee on wire fraud and firearms trafficking.
"So you may unravel the entire Democrat machine, which is the most corrupt machine since Warren Harding. The city may come finally back to its senses and put a legitimate, honest person in Congress.
"The takedown of this Chinese American, and this guy was so powerful… All the Democrats are now running scared. They've lost their super majority, by the way. They lost it over the last month because two other Democrats were taken in by the FBI on ethics violations, meaning taking money under the table. So the corruption amongst the Democrats has been so rampant that eventually they brought themselves down."
Savage continued, "No one knows, this but [while] I was covering this case yesterday on my radio show, an FBI agent called my call screener. He said, I cannot go on the air but just tell Savage to tell his audience that the arrest of Leland Yee is only the beginning, not the end. There are many more that are going to go down. This is the beginning of the end of this corrupt machine."
"However, my fear, remember three weeks ago Harry Reid was implicated in some corruption by a local FBI and state police from Nevada? And what happened? None other than [Attorney General] Eric Holder stepped in and pulled the FBI case and said you can't pursue it," he added.
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