The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

10 June 2008

Sean Hannity Show In New, Three-Way Partnership


Unusual Partnership Will Oversee Sean Hannity Show


Ending months of speculation over the fate of his syndicated radio program, Sean Hannity's radio show will be taken over by a unique, three-way partnership that includes current syndicator ABC Radio Networks, Clear Channel's Premiere Radio Networks division (NYSE:CCU), and Hannity himself, according to a source close to the discussions.

As part of this highly unusual deal, Hannity will remain on Citadel- ABC Radio's (NYSE:CDL) stations, a development that probably brings a sigh of relief to program directors across the country.

According to the source, terms have been reached on a long term, three- way deal. Financial details are not being released, but it's likely to be better than Hannity's previous agreement.

"The finishing touches are being put on it now, with lots of i's to dot and t's to be crossed. All sides, I am told, are happy with the deal. It's a partnership, so there will be no loss of stations. Another radio drama has been avoided and all's well that ends well," said the insider.

Because Hannity's show generated about $35m in annual revenue versus a salary of $5m, Citadel has preserved a valuable income stream.

This news should put an end to efforts by Laura Ingraham and other hosts to move into slots that would have been vacated by a Hannity departure.

Watch for mainstream media spin that may portray Hannity's new deal in a negative light.

Citadel shares closed at $1.60 today, down three cents.

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  • Since CCU's Premiere Network is involved, what are the chances Hannity winds up on WKOX-AM 1200 when they go 50,000 watts on Boston's doorstep?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10 June, 2008 17:40  

  • Great, more screeching and plagiarism from Pawn Vannity!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 11 June, 2008 06:21  

  • all brokered by the RNC for certified propaganda.

    Hannity is a propaganda outlet for the RNC. Disgusting, slowly America is rejecting the propaganda outlets of the RNC

    I personally think these people should be yanked out of theur studios and charged with a conspiracy to proliferate propaganda for a political party disguised as opinion.

    The recession you are feeling now, is the result of 30 years of RNC propaganda on the radio

    Must be a hasrd job, to shill for the political party which most Americans vomit at the sound of

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 June, 2008 10:45  

  • The mainstream media needn't bother spinning this deal in a negative light. The stock market has already taken care of that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 June, 2008 13:12  

  • Ingraham posted this on her site:
    Reports are circulating in the press that I "took a leave of absence" or walked out on my radio show. As I wrote in this space earlier this week, that is false. The decision to remove the Laura Ingraham Show from the airwaves was made unilaterally by Talk Radio Network as a tactic in contract negotiations, against my will and over my protest. Additionally, any notion that I am leaving radio is also completely false. After all my years on the air, you know that I would never voluntarily abandon you during such a critical time for our country. Power to the People."

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 11 June, 2008 14:36  

  • Here in Phoenix, KKNT-AM did not broadcast Laura Ingraham's show at all this morning. The Mike Gallagher Show was played instead.

    Ingraham had a guest host yesterday, so I was surprised to hear her show completely off the air today.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 June, 2008 18:58  

  • "The recession you are feeling now" Is in your mind. We are not in a recession go get a real education then you may discuss the economy.

    You are a liberal what do you know about the economy. Tax a successful company for making a profit. Yeah that will bring down the price of gas. What a bunch of idiots.

    Here is the solution for high gas prices. Get a more economical vehicle. Drive less. Stop buying gas and walk. I’ve just solved high gas prices and saved the environment using common sense something you are lacking in.

    By Blogger pf1, at 12 June, 2008 00:58  

  • I recently stopped listening to Sean completely. He (and his show) is extremely repetitive.

    He talks over callers, who start to say something of interest but Sean quickly jumps in and expounds. We already know what Sean thinks;I want to hear it in the caller's words and experience.

    Sean is always "going long" because of his verbosity. He has more long-winded slogans than a carnival barker on speed. The never changing bumper music and effects, followed by endless promotions and exhortations, followed by more slogans " the lazy, hazy Hannity days of summer" ..."back to our busy phones, I promised I would get more of your calls in,,,,let's see..." followed by some woman who clearly has a crush on Sean and he tries to be humble and tell her (and us) that he really isn't that great, the caller finally gets to her point, gets only the basic concept out, and Sean jumps right in, dominating the discussion - then oops, up against a "hard break". It is truly maddening.

    Sean should be forced to sit and listen to his own show (for three hours a day, that's all I ask) he would HATE it.

    He has developed some verbal ticks that are rather strange - the overuse of the word "here", appended to almost every phrase and thought. Certain phrases Sean repeats in exactly the same way every time, is this calculated?

    His boundless enthusiasm is compelling at first, then it becomes tiring. He seems desperate, afraid he will lose listeners, spending more and more precious airtime convincing us that sometime in the future, something new and interesting will happen on his show. But there never really is time left for content. Once Sean's endlessly promoted guest, such as newt Gingrich finally arrives, we hear excessively worded questions from Sean. Often his guests are clearly trying to give us a fresh angle and Sean keeps channeling them back to rehash Sean's current bugaboo.

    Rush, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham are worth my time, sadly Sean has lost me and is unfortunate he is so popular. It is becoming more a cult of personality and he has to be dumbing down his audience. It may be a formula for ratings, but it is not serious talk radio.

    By Blogger Franco, at 12 June, 2008 10:29  

  • Franco

    all of the hosts you mention dumb down their audience not just Hannity.

    Levin is quality in your mind?

    give me a break. Levin actually sounds like a retarded person with a microphone.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13 June, 2008 10:07  

  • that was a nicely constructed critique of hannity's show..i have often thought that sean extends beyond his intelligence and starts treading water fast when he ventures into areas he is not well of the few smart talkers i have heard recently(at least in the area of economics) is jason lewis when he sits in for Rush..he leaves Rush in the dust because he actually has economic education!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 23 June, 2008 11:08  

  • Hannity is beyond tiresome. Why not listen to some of the lesser known but up and coming political talk out there.

    James Edwards of The Political Cesspool has interviewed Pat Buchanan and the policeman who booked Rosa Parks in the past couple of weeks, among many other insightful guests.

    James is a young southern anti-war conservative/populist who has real conversations with guests outside the mainstream. He's been on the air in Memphis for four years, and has appeared on CNN multiple times.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 13 July, 2008 22:40  

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