Information Coming out on Rush/Hannity/Cumulus Negotiations. In a flurry of stories and leaks making their way to the press in the past 24 hours through such diverse sources as Mediaite, Inside Music Media, TALKERS , and the Michael Savage radio show — the fog is beginning to lift on what’s happening in the highly publicized (yet hitherto murky) negotiations taking place between the camps of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Cumulus Media and Clear Channel Media & Entertainment regarding whether the two star talk radio talents will be staying with Cumulus or leaving when their current contracts as syndicated hosts on their stations expire before the end of the year. Here’s what we know for sure: sources close to Sean Hannity have confirmed with TALKERS that the story published today by Jerry del Colliano‘s Inside Music Media is ”entirely true.”
Inside and highly reliable sources preferring to remain anonymous indicate to TALKERS that Limbaugh and Hannity are split on this issue with Limbaugh leaning toward staying with Cumulus at this point in the discussions so as to avoid making changes. Adding to the intrigue, last night on his Cumulus radio show, talk host Michael Savage told his listeners that it is most likely going to play out as follows – Hannity will be leaving Cumulus and he (Savage) will be taking over his vacated afternoon show on its stations.
The point of contention here is that Cumulus has been leaking and overstating claims of Hannity’s so-called ratings decreases and that the company has also overstated the damage caused by the Sandra Fluke incident in terms of how it applies to their larger financial challenges pinning far more of the blame on Limbaugh than is deserved. According to del Colliano, Hannity is fed up with the Dickey Brothers and the alleged bullying culture of Cumulus Media saying privately, ”The Dickey Brothers are the single worst operators in the history of radio.” TALKERS has reached out to Cumulus COO John Dickey for comment to which he responds, “Anonymous sources are just that. Reveal the source and I’ll be happy to comment. Stories that are based on anonymous sources are just that… stories.”