(CNSNews.com) – Westwood One announced today it has signed a five-year extension to broadcast “The Mark Levin Show,” which features conservative lawyer, author and pundit Mark Levin.
The news was hailed by leading conservatives, including fellow talk show host Sean Hannity, who called Levin "a national treasure".
"He in so many ways has become the conscience of the modern day constitutional conservative movement," Hannity said in a statement.
"He has an amazing ability to inform and entertain on both the political and the most complicated legal issues in our time. This is fantastic news that Mark's powerful voice and message will continue to be heard for years to come," Hannity added.
Levin, the author of the best-selling “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto” and “The Liberty Amendments,” was the 2014 recipient of the Media Research Center’s (MRC) William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence. MRC is the parent company of CNSNews.com.
"To say I'm thrilled is an understatement," MRC president Brent Bozell said. "Mark Levin is one of the most important voices in the entire country, and a ceaseless fighter for freedom. To know he will be on the air for years to come is a source of great comfort and excitement. This is terrific news."
"I think this is excellent," said Erick Erickson, editor of RedState. "I have my own show on while Mark's first hour is going, and I find myself often ending my show and immediately turning his on to catch the second hour. He's just great."
Westwood One said the contract for Levin’s popular three-hour show, which is currently heard daily by more than 7 million listeners on 300 stations operated by Cumulus nationwide, has been extended through 2020.
“Levin has become one of the most trusted voices in radio, bringing a unique perspective to his show from years in constitutional law and from his experience as a guest commentator,” Westwood One said in its announcement. “The fast-growing show covers the most important legal and political events of the day and has become one of the top five most-listened-to programs.”
“Mark has established himself as a pillar in talk radio with his sharp and witty commentary, and we look forward to expanding his program's reach," added John Dickey, executive vice president for content and programming at Cumulus.
“I am delighted to continue working with Cumulus and Westwood One and look forward to further developing the show over the next five years," Levin said in a statement after his contract extension was announced. "I am passionate about challenging the mainstream media and educating the public on the most pressing political and legal issues of our time and maintain my commitment to doing so."
Levin worked as chief of staff to former Attorney General Ed Meese during Ronald Reagan’s presidency before beginning his radio career in 2003 at New York’s 77WABC Radio station. His new show skyrocketed to number one in just 18 months, and he is now one of the top five conservative talk show hosts in the country.
Levin also heads the Washington, D.C.-based Landmark Legal Foundation, which has filed lawsuits challenging Obamacare, the Environmental Protection Agency, and President Obama’s recess appointments.