Mike Huckabee Drops Syndicated Radio Show As He Weighs Presidential Bid
April 16, 2015 at 6:36 AM (PT)
Former ARKANSAS Governor and Presidential candidate MIKE HUCKABEE is dropping his nationally syndicated radio commentary, "The MIKE HUCKABEE Report," as of MAY 1st and moving it behind an online pay wall as he weighs another bid for the White House in 2016.
Last JANUARY, HUCKABEE left FOX NEWS and his weekly talk show, 'HUCKABEE" after six years. He has promised to make his decision about entering the race this spring.
HUCKABEE hinted at his future plans in yesterday morning's radio segment. HUCKABEE has done the up to four-minute-long commentary segments three times a day for six-and-a-half years, taking over after the death of longtime radio personality PAUL HARVEY in 2009.
"I've had biting and tough commentary about some of the more absurd ways in which WASHINGTON defied common sense and busted our family budgets as well as in which their naive and so called smart diplomacy caused us to lose our friends' trust and gain nothing but the ridicule of our enemies," he said. "But, as I move closer to the decision to do more than talk about these concerns and do something about them, I will bring the broadcast version to a close."
In an email to more than 500 stations that carry the segments, WYM MEDIA MANAGEMENT Managing Partner DEBBIE GREENBAUM confirmed the end date.
"The governor is deeply grateful for your support and partnership in airing 'The MIKE HUCKABEE Report' all these years. But, as you are aware, he is in the midst of making some major go-forward decisions," she wrote.
"The MIKE HUCKABEE Report" will be replaced starting MAY 4th by "GALLAGHER Online," hosted by frequent FOX NEWS CHANNEL contributor MIKE GALLAGHER.
WYM Media Management has offered HUCKABEE's commentary since he left CUMULUS MEDIA in JANUARY.
HUCKABEE's first job was reading the news and weather for a TOWN radio station when he was 14. In 2012 and 2013, he hosted a three-hour radio show that was broadcast on more than 200 stations from a studio built by CUMULUS MEDIA in his FLORIDA home.
HUCKABEE is starting a subscription-based website, called "HUCKABEE Exclusive," that will provide daily audio updates, weekly video updates and an issues brief each week for $7.95 a month, $59.40 per year.
"Everywhere I go, people tell me they miss the television show and would miss my being on radio if my candidacy caused it to cease as well. That's why I have launched the 'HUCKABEE Exclusive,'" he said in a newsletter. "This is an exciting new venture for me that I will be able to continue whether I run for office or not. The material on the 'HUCKABEE Exclusive' will be available to only those who want a seat at the table."