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Dave Roepke, Published September 02 2009

Schultz ending local talk show

Ed Schultz’s latest reincarnation as a local talk show host didn’t last long.

After just two weeks on the job, Schultz announced on-air during his one-hour local morning show Tuesday that he was ending his short-lived run on KQLX 106.1 FM of Lisbon, N.D.

With an hour of TV every weeknight on his MSNBC show and his three-hour nationally syndicated radio show, the former Fargo sportscaster said he simply doesn’t have enough time to tackle local issues.

“I feel bad,” he told The Forum later Tuesday. “I’m somewhat embarrassed I have to surrender this assignment, this deal.”

The news marks a swift end to the bipartisan pairing of the left-wing Schultz and the conservative Scott Hennen, the talk-show host and burgeoning station owner who is waiting for federal approval to finalize his purchase of 106.1 FM.

Schultz didn’t contact the owner of the station, Terry Loomis, or Hennen, who’s paying $1.9 million to buy KQLX-FM and KQLX-AM, before Tuesday’s show.

Both Hennen and Schultz said the split wasn’t linked to a charged debate about health care the two had on Hennen’s show last week that ended when Schultz hung up on his boss-to-be.

Given the duo’s ideologies, that sort of exchange was expected, Hennen said.

This is the second local show Schultz has departed in less than half a year.

He parted ways in April with KFGO after he was tapped for the MSNBC show.

Loomis said 106.1 FM is also canceling Schultz’s syndicated national show, and the station will return to an all-country format.

Schultz said not being on air in Fargo is something he can’t worry about.

“It is market No. 223,” he said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Roepke at (701) 241-5535