Report: Cumulus might just drop Sean Hannity

And Rush Limbaugh will reportedly renew his contract

Topics: Sean Hannity, cumulus media, Rush Limbaugh, talk radio, Conservatives,

After several weeks of twisty negotiations, Cumulus Media has reportedly decided not to renew its contract with radio host Sean Hannity — though it will reportedly continue its ties with Rush Limbaugh.

Politico reports:

Sources familiar with the negotiations confirmed that Cumulus and Hannity were expected to end their affiliation.

Meanwhile, the sources told POLITICO that Limbaugh was likely to re-up his affiliation with Cumulus in “virtually” all markets indicating a change in talks since late July, when Cumulus had threatened to drop both hosts.

“I predict, right here, right now, that I Michael Savage and the ‘Savage Nation’ is going to take over ‘The Sean Hannity Show’ time slot by the end of the year,” Cumulus host Michael Savage announced on his radio show. “I am the heir apparent to afternoon drive on the East Coast and around America on Cumulus stations, which have the most powerful stations in the radio world.”

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The negotiations seemed to have gone back-and-forth over the past few weeks — in July, there were reports that both hosts would be dropped by the host network. A few days later, Cumulus was reportedly planning to renew both of their contracts.

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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