Conservative host Savage leaves radio show after legal win
Published: September 28, 2012 01:22PM
Updated: September 28, 2012 02:59PM
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2007 file photo, radio talk show host Michael Savage poses with his dog Teddy in Tiburon, Calif. Savage won a legal battle Thursday Sept. 27, 2012 and announced he was leaving Talk Radio Network, which broadcast his show that attracted more than 8 million listeners a week. (AP Photo/John Storey)

Los Angeles • Talk show host Michael Savage says he’s leaving the airwaves temporarily after scoring a legal victory in a dispute with his employer, Talk Radio Network.

Savage posted a message on his website Thursday evening under the headline “Free at Last!” saying he was free to work with any station or network from now on. His attorney Daniel Horowitz says Savage left his show after obtaining a favorable ruling in arbitration Thursday afternoon.

The magazine Talkers has stated that Savage’s show attracted more than 8 million listeners a week, trailing only Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Savage has gained notoriety for offending immigrants and minorities and being banned in 2009 from traveling to England.

An email sent to Oregon-based Talk Radio Network wasn’t immediately returned.

Horowitz says Savage has been fighting the network for two years to get out of an outdated contract.