Schultz in Washington, D.C. in January 2007
|Born||Edward Andrew Schultz
January 27, 1954
|Residence||New York, New York|
|Ethnicity||Irish German Swedish|
|Education||M.A Political Science B.A History|
|Alma mater||Minnesota State University|
|Occupation||talk radio and television host, political commentator, author|
|Notable credit(s)||The Ed Schultz Show, The Ed Show|
|Home town||Norfolk, Virginia|
|Spouse(s)||Maureen Zimmerman (div. 1993)
Wendy Schultz (m. 1998)
|Awards||three Eric Sevareid Awards, and as leader of a broadcast team - two Marconis and one Peabody Award|
|The Ed Show (TV)
The Ed Schultz Show (radio)
Edward "Ed" Andrew Schultz (born January 27, 1954) is an American television and radio host, a liberal political commentator, a former conservative political commentator, and a former sports broadcaster. He is the host of The Ed Show, a weekday news talk program on MSNBC, and The Ed Schultz Show, a talk radio show, nationally syndicated by Dial Global.
Schultz was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and grew up in the Larchmont area near Old Dominion University. He is the son of George (an aeronautical engineer ) and Mary (an English teacher). He attended Larchmont Elementary School, Blair Junior High and graduated in 1972 from Maury High School in Norfolk. He moved to Minnesota to play football on a scholarship from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He made All-American and became the NAIA passing leader in 1977 and signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders. In 1979, Schultz tried out for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, a Canadian Football League team.
After his football career, he worked as a sportscaster in Fargo, North Dakota for two local stations, first KTHI-TV (now KVLY-TV) then from 1988 WDAY-TV. Schultz anchored nightly sports broadcasts at WDAY and starting in 1982 did radio play-by-play of North Dakota State University (NDSU) football games. Management asked Schultz to take some time off after an incident in which Schultz exited the broadcast booth to look for a North Dakota State fan who threw a beer bottle towards the booth.
Schultz, who was touted the "Voice of the Bison" for many years at WDAY, left in 1996 and began broadcasting for KFGO in Fargo, doing play-by-play work on University of North Dakota (UND) Fighting Sioux football broadcasts beginning in 1998. Schultz left as UND play-by-play man in 2003 to focus on his national radio show. Schultz was a finalist to replace Lee Hamilton, who was fired, as the radio voice of the Minnesota Vikings, but the job went to Terry Stembridge, Jr., but he was released also and Paul Allen was hired to replace Stembridge in 2002.
In 1992, Schultz became a conservative political talk show host on WDAY-AM. In 1996, Schultz moved to KFGO-AM. Schultz's News and Views radio show was very similar to his WDAY Viewpoint program and quickly grew into a regional broadcast dominating the North Dakota airwaves, with additional listeners in South Dakota, western Minnesota, Montana, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Schultz's political views leaned towards the right during the early years, and Schultz told the Los Angeles Times that he "lined up with the Republicans because they were anti-tax and I wanted to make a lot of money."  Schultz's political views became more liberal after he visited a Salvation Army cafeteria in 1998 and later took his radio show on the road riding in a 38-foot motor home. Throughout the tour, Schultz visited families in rural North Dakota and described his tour as "the on-the-job experience that have changed my thinking as to where we're going as a country."
The Ed Schultz Show was broadcast from the Fargo, North Dakota, studios of KFGO via the Jones Radio Network to over 100 radio stations (as of October 2005[update]). The show is presently syndicated by Dial Global., and can currently be heard nationwide on Sirius Satellite Radio's "Sirius Left" channel, and XM Radio's America Left channel. The program can also be heard on Armed Forces Radio. Schultz's radio show moved to New York City in May 2009, a relocation brought on by his new television show at MSNBC (see below).
Schultz continued to experience audience growth throughout 2005 and into 2006. According to a 2008 survey done by Talkers magazine, he ranked #17 nationally, with a weekly audience of more than 3 million listeners.
On November 30, 2006, Schultz announced he was moving to the "prime real estate" time slot from noon to 3 p.m. ET, to compete directly with Rush Limbaugh, whose show is broadcast in that time slot also.
During his show on May 24, 2011, Schultz called Laura Ingraham both a "right-wing slut" and a "talk slut". Feminist organizations including the Women's Media Center called for his suspension. The following day he issued an apology, saying he "used vile and inappropriate language when talking about talk show host Laura Ingraham. I am deeply sorry, and I apologize. It was wrong, uncalled for and I recognize the severity of what I said. I apologize to you, Laura, and ask for your forgiveness," and offering an indefinite self-suspension without pay. Ingraham accepted his apology, saying "Ed Schultz said something about me on his show that was not all that nice, to say the least. It was pretty crude. He apologized, and I accept his apology. It seemed heartfelt, it seemed like he really wished he hadn't said it and I accept that apology." MSNBC issued a statement saying that it had accepted Schultz's offer to take one week of unpaid leave.
On April 1, 2009, MSNBC announced the launch of The Ed Show, anchored by Schultz. The program replaced the 6 p.m. show 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with David Shuster, who moved to the 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. slot. The Ed Show debuted at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2009. At the close of 2010, Schultz made The Nation's Progressive Honor Roll as the Most Valuable TV Voice and was deemed the "most populist of MSNBC's hosts".
On August 15, 2011, Schultz used an edited video clip of Texas Governor Rick Perry at a rally talking about the national debt crisis. Governor Perry said that "getting America back to work is the most important issue that faces this country, being able to pay off $14.5 trillion or $16 trillion worth of debt. That big black cloud that hangs over America, that debt that is so monstrous." The audio of the clip was cut off after "America", so Schultz's audience did not hear "that debt that is so monstrous." Governor Perry refers to the debt before and after the "big black cloud" statement. Schultz said, "That black cloud Perry is talking about is President Barack Obama." The following day on his TV show Schultz apologized for taking Governor Perry out of context. "We did not present the full context of those statements and we should have," Schultz said "No doubt about it, it was a mistake and we regret the error ... we should not have included it in our coverage."
On October 19, 2011, NBC announced that beginning October 24, 2011, The Ed Show would be moving to the 8 p.m. Eastern slot, with The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell returning to the 10 p.m. slot.
On March 9, 2012, Politico reported that Schultz had received nearly $200,000 in speaking fees and advertisement charges from labor unions without publicly disclosing this income, a potential conflict of interest for his television show, which is currently billed as a news program.
Schultz left his nightly 8 PM ET show to host a twice-a-week MSNBC show on weekends from 5 PM to 6PM ET beginning April 2013. The 8 PM weekdays time slot was taken over by Chris Hayes beginning April 1, 2013, with a show titled Up w/Chris Hayes. Effective August 26, 2013, The Ed Show moved back to weekdays at 5 PM ET.
In the late 1990s, Schultz claims a series of events changed his political views from the right of the political spectrum to left of the spectrum. One event was his mother's battle with Alzheimer's Disease, which began a long, slow decline of her mental health. Schultz found it frustrating trying to get her the services that she needed. Another was that he met a psychiatric nurse named Wendy who ran a homeless shelter in Fargo. He attributed much of his political change to her, and although he had criticized the homeless on his show, he said in his book that she helped to humanize them. To his surprise, he found that some of the people he had insulted were veterans, and many were unable to get the psychiatric or medical services that might help them. He says that was the moment he began to look at poverty differently.
He became a Democrat in 2000, marking the formal turn in his politics from conservative to liberal. He began to hold benefits to raise money for people in the heartland who were going through tough times. Schultz considered running for the Democratic-NPL party nomination for governor against incumbent Republican John Hoeven in 2004, but decided to continue his more lucrative career in radio.
Schultz has since declared himself a "lefty" and centers a large portion of his radio show on the "plight of working Americans". Schultz has stated that he and his sons are gun-owners, although he supports some gun control measures. Regarding his position on abortion, Schultz is quoted as stating: "Now, as far as abortion is concerned, in my heart I'm a Christian. I'm against it. But we're livin' in a country where the majority rule and I'm not, as a talk show host, overturning Roe v Wade."
- Straight Talk from the Heartland : Tough Talk, Common Sense, and Hope from a Former Conservative (2004) ISBN 0-06-078457-1
- Killer Politics: How Big Money and Bad Politics Are Destroying the Great American Middle Class (2010) ISBN 1-4013-2378-2
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- "BC cycle/Sports". Associated Press. September 14, 1988. "A sportscaster, whose broadcast of a college football game last weekend was interrupted by a whiskey bottle crashing through his press box window, was asked to "take a few days off to clear the air". Schultz, who has broadcast NDSU football games for six years..."
- Kurson, Robert (February 2004). "Man of the Month: Ed Schultz". Esquire. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- Miller, John (October 27, 2004). "A chip off the ol' block". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Archived from the original on December 7, 2004.
- Simon, Stephanie (February 8, 2004). "A Sharp Left Turn on Dial". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 14, 2012. Also published in the Albany Times-Union as "Ed went out to remake radio."
- "FARGO SPORTSCASTER PONDERS POLITICS ED SCHULTZ SAYS HE'S THINKING ABOUT RUNNING FOR U.S. HOUSE". Grand Forks Herald. February 25, 1994.
- Hagey, Keach (May 25, 2011). "MSNBC suspends Schultz for calling Ingraham a 'slut'". Politico.
- Huffington Post: Ed Schultz Apologizes: Laura Ingraham Comments 'Vile And Inappropriate'. May 26, 2011.
- Sarah Anne Hughes,"Laura Ingraham accepts Ed Schultz's apology: 'It seemed heartfelt'", The Washington Post, 05/27/2011
- Carter, Bill (May 25, 2011). "MSNBC Suspends Schultz Over Ingraham Remark". The New York Times.
- Shea, Danny (April 1, 2009). "Ed Schultz To Be MSNBC 6 PM Host". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
- Nichols, John (December 22, 2010). "The Progressive Honor Roll of 2010: MOST VALUABLE TV VOICE: Ed Schultz". The Nation.
- Deggans, Eric (January 21, 2011). "Is Keith Olbermann's MSNBC departure evidence of the danger in some stars' success?". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
- Everett, Burgess (August 16, 2011). "Schultz regrets Perry remark about 'big black cloud'". Politico. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
- Gaines, Jeremy (October 19, 2011). "MSNBC Primetime Schedule Change". NBC Universal.
- "Ed Schultz addresses union payments". Politico. March 9, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
- "MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Leaving Primetime For Weekends; No Replacement Named Yet". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- "Chris Hayes joins MSNBC's primetime lineup". NBCUniversal. March 14, 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- Frank, Steve (August 19, 2013). "‘The Ed Show’ moves to weekdays at 5 p.m. ET starting August 26". MSNBC. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- Schultz, Killer Politics, p. 13.
- Connelly, Joel (February 2, 2005). "In the Northwest: Liberal voices turning up the volume on the radio". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- Winter, Deena (September 21, 2002). "Food drive for farmers lays in goods; Food pantries in Hettinger and Lemmon, S.D., will benefit from the generosity". Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota). p. 1A.
- Therese, Marie (January 14, 2005). "Liberal Radio Guy Ed Schultz: Hangin' Out with Mr. O'Reilly". News Hounds.
- Darman, Jonathan (February 14, 2005). "Straight out of Fargo: A Red State radio talker tries to center the Democrats". Newsweek.
- Kolpack, Dave (October 26, 2003). "Schultz planning national talk show". Bismark Tribune (North Dakota).
- Kolpack, Dave (January 6, 2004). "Fargo broadcaster Ed Schultz begins national talk show". Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota). p. 1A.
- Kurtz, Howard (January 10, 2005). "A Voice From Above, And to the Left; North Dakota Talker Ed Schultz Is Set to Blanket Washington". The Washington Post. p. C1.
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