Dave Olson, Published January 17 2009
Ed Schultz takes 'Live and Local' radio show to nation's capital, hints at possible television dealBeginning next week, Ed Schultz and his local “News and Views” show will come at listeners from a new vantage point – the nation’s capital.
Schultz said Friday that his show is leasing studio space in a facility operated by the Center for American Progress in Washington.
CAP, founded in 2003 and headed by John Podesta, former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton, describes itself as a progressive think tank.
“‘News and Views’ – the show – is not going to change, just the location of it is going to change,” said Schultz, adding that the show will be broadcast from Washington at least 50 percent of the time.
He stressed that the content and focus of the morning radio talk show will remain the same.
“It will still be ‘News and Views’ as it’s always been: live and local and regionally focused, with some national content to it,” he said.
Schultz said the evolution of his national radio program, “The Ed Schultz Show,” dictates he spend more time in Washington.
“I need to be more accessible to the networks,” he said, adding that a couple of business deals now in the works could come to fruition in the next few months.
“There is a real possibility of a television opportunity on the horizon, but that’s really all I can say about it right now,” said Schultz.
Schultz said certain stories and situations, like major flooding, will require him to be in Fargo.
“I’m still going to be doing a good number of shows from the KFGO studios,” he said.
Schultz, who lives in Detroit Lakes, Minn., said he has an apartment in Washington, where he has developed many contacts and friendships in recent years.
“This is just a real exciting time for the country, and I want to be there,” he said. “I want to see it. I want to be around it. That’s another reason for this change.”
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