Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Schultz says farewell to Fargo - off to D.C.

Since launching his syndicated radio show five years ago, Ed Schultz has long resisted leaving his home of Fargo, ND. That is, until now.

Schultz is pulling up stakes and leaving NoDak to be closer to the action is - Washington, DC. So goodbye to the pickup truck, the dog, the Minnesota Vikings and the house in Detroit Lakes, MN and hello to the bright lights and the big city.

Starting next week, he will be based at least half the time at the offices of the Center for American Progress, run by John Podesta, who headed the transition team of President Obama. The think-tank is also home base to another syndicated talker, Bill Press. Both Press and Schultz are syndicated by Dial Global.

The move more easily allows Schultz to be available for more media opportunities.
"I need to be more accessible to the networks," he told the Fargo Forum, 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.

In addition, he wants to witness the unveiling of the Obama Administration first hand. "This is just a real exciting time for the country, and I want to be there," he told The Forum. "I want to see it. I want to be around it. That’s another reason for this change."

Schultz won’t necessarily leave the truck, the dog and the tackle box behind for good. He will still spend quite a bit of time in the Fargo area. Many shows will still originate from Fargo.

As for his local show on KFGO, "News and Views," nothing will change. The show will keep its local and regional focus, as well as its host.


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