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Forum staff reports, Published April 12 2009

Schultz’s national show on 106.1 FM

Ed Schultz, the talk show host who started his career as a cable news pundit on MSNBC this past week, is moving to a new home in his hometown of Fargo: KQLX 106.1 FM, the former classic country station that flipped its format in late March to become Fargo-Moorhead’s first FM news-talk station.

Schultz’s national daily radio program, “The Ed Schultz Show,” will air live from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Monday. It was airing on a delayed basis in the evening on KFGO 790 AM, where until last week Schultz still helmed a mid-morning local radio show.

Jake Weber, the general manager of KQLX, said he thinks having the Schultz show on live, so listeners can call in to the program, will attract locals.

“Here’s a guy who made his career in Fargo, and you couldn’t hear his show live,” Weber said. Audio of the one-hour MSNBC show will also air live at 5 p.m. weekdays on 106.1 FM. Weber said KQLX asked the syndicator of Schultz’s show to end the contract it had with KFGO by offering to air the show live. KFGO will have 90 days during which it can still broadcast the show as it looks for a replacement.

Calls to KFGO management Friday weren’t re-turned, but Weber said he was told by Nancy Odney, chief operating officer for the cluster of stations that includes KFGO, that Schultz will still be on nights for the time being.