Ed's "Straight Talk from the Heartland" makes him a 21st Century Teddy Roosevelt who believes the salvation of the American people lies in their voices, not in the parties. He represents the thousands of Americans whose collective beliefs are the foundation of the United States.
A Virginia native, Ed was lured to the Plains on a football scholarship at Moorhead State in Moorhead, Minnesota. He became a high-profile athlete and an All-American quarterback. After taking a shot at playing professional football, he returned to Fargo, North Dakota, where he put his talents to work as a sportscaster. He spent nearly 15 years providing play-by-play and color commentary for local teams, and serving as Sports Director and Anchor for WDAY-TV (ABC), prepping him for his natural transition to talk radio host on KFGO 790-AM, in Fargo.
Ed launched "News and Views," a regional talk show in 1992. His fearless approach to topics and innate ability on radio quickly catapulted him to the top of the ratings chart. Ed was the lead talent for KFGO AM which won numerous awards including "The Marconi" (News/Talk/Sports Station of the Year), "The Peabody” in 1997, and two individual "Eric Sevareid" Awards (First place Talk/Large Market) in 2002 & 2003.
Ed's views starting shifting left-of-center upon meeting Wendy, a psychiatric nurse, now Ed's wife and assistant producer. For one of their first dates, Wendy invited Ed to join her for lunch at the Salvation Army shelter where she worked so he could witness the "bums" he so often chastised on his show. Ed's epiphany was found in the faces and stories of the people he met, and his views began to change.
As he questioned his dyed-in-the-wool beliefs, he and Wendy took "News and Views" on the road in the Big Eddie Cruiser, a customized motor home, to connect with the people of the Dakotas and Minnesota. They met families and farmers. People losing their farms, struggling to make ends meet and keep their way of life. Ed determined that America could do better and it was on that trek that Ed found his true, progressive voice.
In an industry where the conservative voice is king, Schultz's popularity, talent and progressive political bent has helped him become the dominant progressive radio voice of the nation. The Ed Schultz Show made its debut on January 5, 2004, and is now heard on over 100 affiliate stations across the nation (including 9 of the top 10 largest markets).
When not going voice-to-voice against radio heavyweights Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, Ed continues to feed his passion for sports and the great outdoors. He loves to fish, hunt, and golf with his son David, a nationally rated golfer at Texas Christian University. He and Wendy base out of Fargo and have six children.