The Ed Schultz Show
|Genre||Liberal talk radio|
|Running time||3 hours (12–3 p.m. Eastern)|
|Home station||KFGO (2004–2006, 2007–2009)
|Syndicates||Jones Radio Networks|
|Recording studio||New York City|
|Air dates||January 5, 2004 to May 23, 2014|
|Opening theme||"Sweet Child o' Mine"|
|Other themes||"Turn Up the Radio"|
The Ed Schultz Show was a progressive talk radio program hosted by Ed Schultz. It was formerly broadcast from KFGO in Fargo, North Dakota. It is heard on a network of over 100 stations (as of October 2005[update]), including seven of the 10 largest radio markets. He is also on XM and Sirius satellite radio.
Schultz's radio show moved to New York City in May 2009, a relocation brought on by his new television show at MSNBC.
Schultz launched The Ed Schultz Show on January 5, 2004. Created and financed by Democracy Radio and distributed by Jones Radio Networks, the show started in two markets (Needles, California and Langdon, North Dakota) and quickly grew, signing another dozen stations in smaller, mostly upper Midwest markets. For a while, Schultz continued his News and Views broadcasts, though by February 2005 it was announced that Joel Heitkamp, a North Dakota state senator, was taking over that show. On February 1, 2007, Ed Schultz returned to hosting the News and Views show.
After growing to approximately 95 affiliates, Democracy Radio sold its majority stake in The Ed Schultz Show to Product First in June 2005, a company started by Randy Michaels and Stu Krane, who had previously been involved with launching Rush Limbaugh's radio show. Distribution continued with Jones Radio Networks and subsequently by its successor, Dial Global.
Schultz's flagship KFGO dropped The Ed Schultz Show between January 2006 and February 2007 due to an apparent conflict with the station's management which new ownership cleared up. Fargo's KQWB aired the program in the interim.
In 2009, Talkers magazine rated Ed Schultz is the 18th most important talk show host in the United States.
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. MSNBC issued a statement saying that it had accepted Schultz's offer to take one week of unpaid leave.
On May 22, 2014, Schultz announced he was discontinuing the program. The decision came several months after a string of large-market stations had dropped the progressive talk format.
Ed Schultz may be best known for his pro-labor reputation, because he one of the few remaining pundits who still frequently features labor issues and promotes the labor movement,  associating the health of "labor" with the health of the middle class. He told the Teamsters Unity Conference in 2012: "The same way this country was built by labor, it can be rebuilt by labor." It is common for Schultz to interview union and other labor leaders.
For legal analysis, Schultz often turns to lawyer Norman Goldman, given by Schultz the title of "senior legal analyst". Goldman also fills in from time to time on the show when Schultz is traveling or on vacation. Goldman now has his own talk show. Tony Trupiano also fills in on Schultz's show when Schultz is absent.
The third hour of every Friday show is dedicated to "recession busting" where small business owners call in to promote their business for the hour.
First popularized by Rush Limbaugh, like other popular polemic, political radio shows, Schultz uses humorous, often derogatory nicknames for a number of public figures. These include "Slant Head" for conservative commentator Sean Hannity, "the Druggie" or "the Drugster" for Rush Limbaugh, "Shooter" for Vice President Dick Cheney, "Rotten Rudy" for former Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, "The Mittster" for Mitt Romney, and "the pizza man" for Herman Cain. Schultz himself is perhaps best known by the nicknames "Big Eddie", and the "Big RedHead"
- Talkers Magazine - List of radio hosts
- 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.
- Joyella, Mark (May 25, 2011). "BREAKING: MSNBC Suspends Ed Schultz Over ‘Unacceptable’ Remarks". Mediaite.
- Carter, Bill (May 25, 2011). "MSNBC Suspends Schultz Over Ingraham Remark". The New York Times.
- Ed Schultz's radio show ends. TruthRevolt.org. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
- The Week, March 14, 2013, Why MSNBC is demoting Ed Schultz by Peter Weber Schultz's "focus on the labor movement, ....His barnstorming, Midwestern, labor-friendly brand of populist liberalism...." retrieved Feb, 2014