MSNBC has signed radio host and author Michael Savage for an hourlong talkshow.
“The Savage Nation,” to premiere in March, will air at 5 p.m. Saturdays from San Francisco.
This is the second time in a year that the cable news net has turned to talk-radio personalities to lend it a more opinionated feel.
“Curtis and Kuby,” hosted by Curtis Sliwa and Ronald Kuby, was yanked after a four-month stint in October. MSNBC prexy Erik Sorensen said that talker’s chatty format didn’t work in its weekday afternoon slot, which he considers more appropriate for news.
Savage, a maverick conservative, is the author of current New York Times bestseller “The Savage Nation.”
There was some speculation that Savage would have been partnered with potential anchor Sam Donaldson, with whom the net is in negotiations to anchor a primetime program.
But insiders said Donaldson would instead have his own news show, supplemented by a round-table of pundits.