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Michael Savage

February 5, 2007
Michael Savage

Michael Savage

Michael Savage is a popular and controversial American conservative talk radio host


March 31, 1942
Bronx, New York

Biography and education

The Savage Nation
Michael Savage was born Michael Alan Weiner in the borough of the Bronx in New York City to a Russian Jewish family. He grew up in Queens and graduated from Jamaica High School, a public high school in New York City. His family was not wealthy and he worked odd jobs that include ice cream factory worker, busboy and lifeguard.

After high school, Savage attended and earned a bachelors degree from Queens College in education and sociology. He taught high school for several years in New York City. His first marriage in 1964 ended in divorce and he remarried after meeting his current wife in 1967. He then earned two masters degrees in ethnobotany and anthropology from the University of Hawaii. He then received a Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of California, Berkeley. According to Savage's book The Savage Nation and NewsMax's biography, Savage earned his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in epidemiology and nutrition sciences, but UC Berkeley records report his Ph.D. to be in nutritional ethnomedicine. His thesis was titled "Nutritional Ethnomedicine in Fiji". Savage spent many years researching botany in the South Pacific and has a background in alternative medicine.

In the early 1970s, Savage had liberal political views. Savage, then Michael Weiner, introduced himself to part of the literary scene in North Beach, San Francisco, California. He befriended and traveled with Beat generation poets Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Neoconservative scholar Stephen Schwartz, also an acquaintance of Savage from this time, reported that Savage once even posed naked in a photograph with Ginsberg while swimming in Hawaii and used the photograph as sort of a "calling card". Another acquaintance of Savage from this time was poet and author Neeli Cherkovski who recalls that Weiner had dreamed of becoming a stand-up comic in the mold of Lenny Bruce.

Around 1980 the conservative political views for which Michael Savage is known today became apparent. An acquaintance of Savage, Dr. Robert Cathcart, says that in his private conversations with Savage during this time, he knew Savage to have conservative political views. Stephen Schwartz stated that Michael Savage became alienated from the North Beach scene in the early eighties, to the point of carrying a gun and yelling at former friends and acquaintances when he encountered them. When Savage was asked about his shift in politics and other views, he replied "I was once a child; I am now a man".

In 1994, Savage began his talk radio career working as a fill-in on the San Francisco's news/talk radio station KGO. In 1996 he applied to be a dean at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism but was not granted an interview due to lack of qualifications. Savage filed a discrimination lawsuit that was eventually dismissed. The position instead went to historian and China scholar Orville Schell. In 2000 the Talk Radio Network took his show and syndicated it nationally. After finding his place in radio, Savage and his former friends and acquaintances from the North Beach area of San Francisco have traded barbs. Savage now derides Ferlinghetti and calls Ferlinghetti's City Lights Bookstore "that once-famous communist bookstore". Ferlinghetti claims that Weiner's "reincarnation" as Savage represents "total opportunism", the crowning achievement of someone who was "always looking to make a fast buck" and "always trying to think up new schemes to get famous". Regarding Ginsberg, Savage now attacks his "lifelong communism" and association with NAMBLA. Savage said "I looked at Ginsberg almost like a rabbinic figure, little did I know that he was the fucking devil". One of the letters allegedly written by Savage to Ginsberg describes a physical encounter with a black man some interpret as sexual. Savage claims the letter is part of a "smear campaign" by "gay fascists".

About Michael Savage Michael Savage

Explosive Talk Show Host

Best-Selling Author of 'The Savage Nation', 'The Enemy Within' and 'Liberalism is a Mental Disorder'

Explosive conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage continues to dominate the airwaves with his brash commentary and unapologetic solutions. The 10 million listeners who tune into Savage each week can't be wrong! Turn on WOR in New York, KNEW in San Francisco, WKRO in Boston, KRLA in Los Angeles

Savage is harder hitting than other conservatives. Wilder than Bill, funnier than Ann, Michael Savage is a media icon who is unafraid to take on the establishment. He pulls many of his life experiences, including that of father, son, husband, brother, ice cream factory worker, busboy, lifeguard, writer, and scientist, into his commentary.

Savage coined the terms "Compassionate Conservative" and "Islamo-Fascist," which have been hijacked by Republican speechwriters and spread like wildfire.

An independent-minded individualist, Michael Savage fits no stereotype. He attacks big government and liberal media bias, but champions the environment and animal rights.

Trained as a scientist, he holds Master’s degrees in medical botany and medical anthropology and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Epidemiology and Nutritional Science. He spent decades searching and saving tropical rainforests.

Savage is also the author of 18 books including three New York Times Best Sellers: "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder", “The Savage Nation” and “The Enemy Within.”

In show, books and speeches, Michael Savage electrifies and galvanizes his audiences. If you’re looking for someone with an opinion-- who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is-- he’s your man.