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Forum staff reports, Published May 31 2011

Ed Schultz returns to Fargo radio, replaces slot held by Scott Hennen

FARGO – Controversial talk show host Ed Schultz is coming back to Fargo’s radio airwaves.

The nationally syndicated radio program, “The Ed Schultz Show,” begins at 2 p.m. today on WZFG AM 1100 “The FLAG,” the station announced in a news release.

Schultz’s program will run from 2 to 5 p.m. daily, filling the spot held until last week by Scott Hennen.

On May 23, Hennen told listeners his final show on the radio station would be on Friday and said following that, he would enlist the help of former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer to decide how to deliver online programming. In the midst of making the on-air announcement, The Flag took him off air, pre-empting his show with past Hennen programs.

The move opened the door for Schultz to return to local airwaves.

“I’m excited to have our show back on in the Fargo-Moorhead market,” Schultz said in the release. “I’m looking forward to a long relationship with the station.”

In addition, the station said “Schultz will be providing his one of a kind fiery, insightful commentary on local topics every weekday morning on “Bruce Kelly and Company” on 1100 AM.

“This is a great move for the Flag,” stated Breck Von Bank, Vice President of Sales and Operations. “It provides political balance for our listeners. In ad-dition, Ed has gained the respect of listeners, both locally and nationally, and we are excited The Flag will be his new home in the Red River Valley.”

Last week, Schultz agreed to a one-week suspension after using a disparaging remark in describing a female FOX host.

He also is a host of a TV show on MSNBC.

Hennen begins his talk show today from 2 to 5 p.m. on KNOX 1310 AM in Grand Forks.