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'Big Eddie' Schultz Delivers Big Thanks to [Madison] (Re: Air America)
Madison.com ^ | April 13, 2007 | Katrina Madayag

Posted on 04/13/2007 6:19:53 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin

After being delayed by April snow during his trip here from Fargo, N.D., progressive radio host Ed Schultz gave his audience some of his Midwestern credentials.

In 1978, he almost signed with the Green Bay Packers instead of the Oakland Raiders. He owns several hunting guns, but has never fired a pistol. He says that Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who has called the vice president a coward, is the most honest man he knows.

And he praised Madison for being tough and not letting progressive radio disappear.>b?

The influential radio voice seemed to hold nothing back during his three-hour live national broadcast before more than 200 people Thursday morning at the Barrymore Theatre.

Schultz had strongly supported efforts by city residents last fall to stop Clear Channel Madison from changing the Mic's 92.1 FM progressive talk format to sports, and he lauded their success.

"This community, the city deserve a tremendous pat on the back," Schultz boomed to the audience. "We need more Madisons."

Schultz focused on the state of progressive radio and interviewed local Mic advocates Valerie Walasek of Friends of Progressive Talk and Aldous Tyler of NonStop Radio. Schultz also plugged local filmmaker Luciano's documentary, "Born Again Free Speech," which chronicles listeners' efforts and is available at Rainbow Bookstore.

Schultz emphasized that conservative talk radio built a base and got marketing power after several years on the air. It's unfair for progressive talk to have to prove its financial success in a much shorter amount of time, he said.

The show also touched on the recent White House announcement that staffers' e-mail messages on a Republican National Committee account, which Congress requested, were lost.

It was a "Rose Mary Woods moment," said guest John Nichols of The Capital Times and The Nation, referring to President Richard Nixon's secretary, who said she lost critical tape recordings. "We're getting into very interesting turf here."

Clutching cups of coffee or beer, audience members, some from as far away as Janesville and Blanchardville, popped in and out of the auditorium throughout the three-hour broadcast, which began at 11 a.m. While some people came during lunch breaks, others took the day off.

"We actually got here at 9 a.m.," said Dana Casey of Sun Prairie, who came with her husband, Kent. Both regularly commute to their jobs in Madison , but took the day off to attend the show.

"We're really excited," she said.

It was also a family day for Stoughton residents Bonnie Fons and her daughter Sarah, a sixth-grader. It's an "out of school education," Fons said. Schultz speaks up for what he believes in, which she tries to teach her daughter, she said.

Schultz was a sportscaster and conservative radio talk show host before "converting" to the progressive left.

"You evolve," he said. Several experiences -- speaking with a Vietnam veteran at a Salvation Army, having an aging mother, facing health care issues and attending a 2000 Rally for Rural America -- made him realize he was a Democrat.

"He's got a great progressive voice," said Maureen Beyer of Fitchburg, who plans to make up her missed hours at work. She started listening after Hurricane Katrina and appreciates Schultz's tempered perspective rather than extreme leftist opinion.

Jeff Tyler, vice president and marketing manager of Clear Channel Madison, said both the passion of Madison residents and assurances of better management from a financially embattled Air America contributed to keeping the Mic's progressive talk format. The original plan to switch to sports radio stemmed from low ratings outside of the city and the hesitancy of small local businesses to advertise on the Mic, Tyler said.

Although the ratings haven't significantly changed since last year, Schultz and the Mic's morning show, Stephanie Miller, consistently do well for the station, Tyler said. But Clear Channel Madison still needs to watch what Air America does, he said.

Schultz has done his national syndicated broadcast since 2004 with his "Team Fargo" radio staff, which includes his wife, Wendy. Schultz has more than 3 million listeners throughout the country, and Talkers magazine ranked him as the country's fifth most influential radio host in 2007.


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Delaying the inevitable...
1 posted on 04/13/2007 6:19:54 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Schultz’s career will be Titanic.


2 posted on 04/13/2007 6:22:55 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (What's the difference between the CIA and the Free Clinic? The Free Clinic knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Maybe Al Sharpton will take over and make Air America mandatory. That is the only way it lasts once the progressive sucker money runs out.


3 posted on 04/13/2007 6:23:56 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
"country's fifth most influential radio host in 2007."

Never heard of the guy.

4 posted on 04/13/2007 6:24:55 PM PDT by politicalwit (Family values don't stop at the border...but Federal laws do.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
his three-hour live national broadcast before more than 200 people

And both audiences were the same size.

5 posted on 04/13/2007 6:25:22 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("We have always been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France"--Wellington)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
He owns several hunting guns, but has never fired a pistol.

Another Fudd who will have no qualms about AWB2 since it doesn't affect his "hunting" rifles.

6 posted on 04/13/2007 6:27:28 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (Run, Fred, run!)
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To: politicalwit; All

You know, I can completely understand someone finally “getting it” and going from being a ‘Rat to a Republican...about the time they have children, buy their first home and realize how much money is stolen from their paycheck each week so others can loaf around and watch MTV all day, LOL!

But for the LIFE of me, I cannot understand someone leaving the Conservative Fold and turning to the Democrats for solace! I can’t believe they trust this guy any further than they can throw him...but FACTS mean little to the Looney Left.


7 posted on 04/13/2007 6:31:55 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Several experiences -- speaking with a Vietnam veteran at a Salvation Army, having an aging mother, facing health care issues and attending a 2000 Rally for Rural America -- made him realize he was a Democrat.

Dems really don't have any internal guiding principles, do they. It didn't take outside events to make me realize I was a conservative.

8 posted on 04/13/2007 6:32:03 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I’ve heard this guy, he makes my teeth hurt.


9 posted on 04/13/2007 6:33:26 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Hey mister, can you spare a carbon credit?)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
The influential radio voice

No, Rush Limbaugh is "influential." Sean Hannity is "influential." Don Imus -- besides being stupid -- is "influential."

In order for that adjective to apply, one must be heard by more than one's mother and a couple of drunk hippies.

10 posted on 04/13/2007 6:34:16 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
He says that Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who has called the vice president a coward, is the most honest man he knows.

I never heard of this bozo but he's made my "most gullible moron I know" list.

11 posted on 04/13/2007 6:36:32 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I wish the lefties were as outraged over 9-11 and terrorism as they are over the Imus "slur.")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“In 1978, he almost signed with the Green Bay Packers instead of the Oakland Raiders.”

What was he,a member of the grounds crew ???


12 posted on 04/13/2007 6:37:58 PM PDT by Obie Wan
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I went to go see this guy when he was broadcasting from a bookstore in Madison a few years ago.

I sat there for about 15 minutes and decided my time would be better spent reading a couple issues of The Onion outside on a bench, until my ride arrived an hour later.


13 posted on 04/13/2007 6:44:20 PM PDT by Madison Moose
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To: Obie Wan

I checked the Oakland Raider roster from 1977 thru 1980. Didn’t see his name anywhere.


14 posted on 04/13/2007 6:55:52 PM PDT by politicalwit (Family values don't stop at the border...but Federal laws do.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
I live in Fargo and where this twit is from;
Number one, he became a democrat because of the money offered.
Number two, to tell you what kind of a guy he is, he calls Dick Cheney "shooter" on the air even though he shot and killed his own dog in a hunting accident.
15 posted on 04/13/2007 7:14:24 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan

Yikes!


16 posted on 04/13/2007 7:17:56 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Last Dakotan

I’ve heard about him shooting his own dog, is there hard evidence that this happened? Any links?


17 posted on 04/13/2007 7:19:28 PM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: Last Dakotan

Is Ed back in Fargo now? Is Joel gone?


18 posted on 04/13/2007 7:20:57 PM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

How is it posssible that anyone would delete an email?

(sarcasm)


19 posted on 04/13/2007 7:21:12 PM PDT by woofie
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To: dynoman
I dunno, well known here.
He was broadcasting a local college football game shortly afterward and left the air in a rage because the kids in the crowd kept making barking noises. LOL
20 posted on 04/13/2007 7:22:28 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: dynoman
He is on in the mornings on KFGO.
After Clear Channel sold the station they went to an all Democrats all the time lineup.
21 posted on 04/13/2007 7:29:31 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan

So how does that station do?


22 posted on 04/13/2007 7:32:19 PM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: dynoman

I heard Ed on KFYR in Bismarck before he did the Air America thing, he is not even close to as smart as Rush is nor as quick thinking with a contrary listener. I was amazed he thought he could ever be the left’s Rush.


23 posted on 04/13/2007 7:37:01 PM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: politicalwit
5th? Fifth of the most liberal, maybe.

Or it must be one of those boutique rankings.

I looked up Talkers Magazine. They have their "Heavy Hundred", but don't list everybody. Opie & Anthony at #6, Stern 12, Randi Rhodes 13, followed by Imus 14, O'Reilly 15.

They give a list of subjective criteria for their rankings, so somebody with an "advertiser unpursued" audience could be rated #5.

24 posted on 04/13/2007 7:40:33 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I have a friend that was conservative. He made a ton of bad life choices. It was easy for him to switch and rid himself of the guilt. He found it easier to blame others and not take responsibility for his own actions. That was until he married a very conservative woman. He is now coming back to the fold.


25 posted on 04/13/2007 7:45:54 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: woofie

Ask billybob, algore and hillary. Memogate was one of the most important and least reported of their crimes.


26 posted on 04/13/2007 7:50:20 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: isthisnickcool

Me too. The very few times I have listened to this idiot (for no longer than 3 minutes) just to hear what hateful, disgusting rethoric he is spewing, I could not stand his voice, his laugh or his idiotic demeanor. The man is a total moron.


27 posted on 04/13/2007 9:25:34 PM PDT by rep-always
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
(Ed Schultz) says that Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who has called the vice president a coward, is the most honest man he knows.

Yep. Coming from a complete scumbag like Schultz, that makes sense.


28 posted on 04/13/2007 9:33:31 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

....never heard of him...will make no effort to change that.


29 posted on 04/13/2007 10:17:18 PM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Hah, he's a loser. He was born in Norfolk, VA. A Norfolk radio station ran his show for a few weeks. The station's program director stated that Ed would provide "balance" against Rush, Hannity, Boortz, etc.

It was more like ballast. The show lasted a mere couple of weeks. While he trumpeted his "homecoming" to Norfolk, the show proved that it couldn't attract advertisers or an audience.

30 posted on 04/14/2007 5:50:11 AM PDT by csvset
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To: woofie

“How is it posssible that anyone would delete an email?”

I guess we have to rely on the fact that every Dem in Congress is an IT Expert, most likely a certified MicroSoft Engineer.

Just tell a lie often enough and it starts to sound like the truth. Jerks.

*Rolleyes*


31 posted on 04/14/2007 6:09:13 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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