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Bits and pieces of Hannity‘s and the Dickey brothers in-house fights have emerged for a time and now it appears the egg has cracked. That is, Hannity will have nothing to do with Cumulus radio in the future. According to what you may read or hear, both sides believe the advantage is on their side, with some accusing the Dickeys of trying to end the life of conservative talk radio, while others feel the Dickeys are hastening the demise of their portion of the prize.
The American Spectator through Jeffrey Lord just published the following article where the blame and stupidity falls on the Dickeys. There is a link to the complete story at the end of the quoted narrative:
Sean Hannity has fired Lew Dickey.
Sean Hannity gave Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey a taste of his own medicine.
He fired Cumulus.
Rejected an offer to extend his contract.
And, according to sources, said the company treats its employees “like dirt, s..t, subhuman.”
Talkers, the talk radio inside guide has even more inside detail — detail that makes perfect sense here in this corner where we have written repeatedly about the Dickey brothers and their relationship with talk radio.
The idea of Lew Dickey, says Talkers, is to get rid of Hannity and hire Michael Savage to deliberately sabotage a venue Dickey hates — conservative talk radio. Says Talkers:
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. Players close to both Hannity and Limbaugh involved in this complicated scenario claim that Savage was put up to this by the Dickey Brothers (Lew and John) themselves as part of an alleged ongoing strategy to devalue the worth of the two hosts (as well as the entire news/talk radio format) in the eyes of the public as well as the advertising community. 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.”
What Talkers does not ask is this question: