Savage Departs TRN / Masters Responds
September 28, 2012

Nationally syndicated Talk radio host Michael Savage posted a notice on his website late Thursday (9/27) saying that he has prevailed in his legal battle with his long time syndicator, Talk Radio Network. According to Savage, the arbitration ruling in his favor means that he’s now free to pursue opportunities with other networks and syndicators. He gave no indication of any imminent new deal, saying only that he would likely be of the air for “some time.” The protracted legal battle has been playing out ever since the controversial talker sued his employer in December of 2010, saying he did not wish to renew his deal with TRN and planned to take an offer of what he then termed as a “better” syndication deal from Courtside Entertainment. At the time, TRN CEO Mark Masters released a statement saying that Savage’s contract was “crystal clear” and it would keep the controversial host with the network “for the foreseeable future.” Thus began a stand-off that has gone on now for nearly two years. Associated Press entertainment writer Anthony McCartney has additional details HERE.

UPDATE: Late Thursday (9/27) night, TRN CEO Mark Masters released the following statement: “We are all looking forward to announcing a bright future. Radio’s ‘October Surprise’ will begin on Monday, October 1st.”