April 6, 2007 |
Fans of liberal talk radio were no doubt baffled in recent weeks by the decision by KTLK-AM (1150) to relegate its popular midday personality Ed Schultz to the lesser time slot of weekday evenings and replacing him with a host with a lower national profile. But while listeners may be puzzled, Schultz himself thinks there's a conspiracy at work, one involving "progressive talk" station KTLK and struggling liberal radio network Air America. "It's not a radio decision," Schultz said by phone.
January 12, 2005 |
The most widely carried liberal on radio is a "prairie-dwelling, red-meat-eating, gun-toting former conservative" who broadcasts from the unlikely locale of North Dakota. Since launching his syndicated show last January, former football player Ed Schultz has peddled his Fargo brand of populism to 70 markets, including stations in San Francisco, Miami, Phoenix, Denver, Boston and Detroit (but not L.A.).
April 2, 2006 |
ED SCHULTZ may be the most interesting radio voice to come out of the upper Midwest since Garrison Keillor, with whom he shares almost nothing except a throbbing aversion to George W. Bush. From a station in Fargo, N.D., the loud and hearty, meat-eating Democrat has attracted a growing national following of liberals, progressives, lapsed Republicans and other talk-radio listeners who hear in the rumble and flow of Schultz's impassioned populism a sound unlike any other on the AM dial.
February 8, 2004
Re "A Sharp Left Turn on Dial," Feb. 5: Ed Schultz is among the few liberal talk show hosts "allowed" to be on the radio. My vote goes to Bernie Ward of KGO-AM (810) out of San Francisco, weekday nights from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. I hear him in Los Angeles loud and clear (pun intended), and he is heard far and wide, as attested to by his callers. Ward has the facts and the skill to present them effectively. We need more like him to restore some balance to the media. Marshall Pearlman Laguna Hills
March 14, 2013 |
At the NBC News Group's upfront presentation Thursday in New York City, “Today” host Matt Lauer wasted no time in addressing the problems plaguing the once-dominant morning program. “I would like to tackle what might be a teeny white elephant in the room. We all love covering the news, we hate being the news,” he said on stage at the New York Public Library's Celeste Bartos Forum, where he was joined by co-host Savannah Guthrie. “I promise to spend all of my time and energy over the next several months trying to keep Savannah out of the headlines.” The joke, of course, is that it's Lauer who's been getting the wrong kind of attention recently, culminating with an ill-timed front-page story in Thursday's New York Times about his plummeting popularity . PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times But if the bad press had him blue, Lauer wasn't letting on. He put on a brave face at the presentation, joking that “we want to go back to the most-watched morning program and the least-talked about morning program.” NBC Universal News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel likewise stressed “Today” in her remarks at the luncheon, pointing out the months of work put into “evolving” the ailing cash cow. “We are really pleased with the direction it's headed,” she said, boasting that with “Today,” MSNBC's “Morning Joe” and CNBC's “Squawk Box,” they “own” morning television.
January 3, 2009 |
When Saul Levine turned classical music station KMZT-AM into talk outlet KGIL-AM (1260) 14 months ago, he said the theme of the station "is going to be the word 'balanced.' " Not anymore. Starting Monday, liberal morning host Ed Schultz will be gone, and the KGIL weekday lineup will feature conservative hosts Laura Ingraham (6-9 a.m.), Glenn Beck (9 a.m.-noon), Monica Crowley (noon-3 p.m.), Michael Savage (3-5 p.m.) and Lars Larson (5-7 p.m.). Only Alan Colmes, airing from 7 to 10 p.m., will offer a left-of-center perspective.