AKA Edward Andrew Schultz
Birthplace: Norfolk, VA
Location of death: Washington, DC
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Radio Personality, TV Personality
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Talk radio host
Ed Schultz hosted The Ed Schultz Show, which was frequently described as one of the top-rated nationally-syndicated radio talk shows, right up until it went off the air in 2014, surviving as a podcast. He also hosted MSNBC's The Ed Show on television, from 2009-15. On the air, Schultz is usually cordial not confrontational, passionate but rarely funny. He comes across as a friendly middle-aged man, talking about the day's news from a lightly left perspective.
He played quarterback on his high school team, and earned a full scholarship to Moorhead State University, where he led all Division II schools in passing in 1977. He tried out for the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets, and played about half a season of pro football for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL).
Schultz later worked as a sportscaster for a TV station in Fargo, North Dakota, where he married and divorced the station's news co-anchor. In 1988, he was briefly suspended from on-air duties after screaming obscenities and coming out of the broadcast booth at a football game, to confront several fans he believed had thrown an empty whiskey bottle into the booth.
By the early 1990s he was hosting a conservative radio talk show. As recently as 2000, Schultz was still cheerleading on the air for far right candidates and causes, adamantly anti-abortion in every circumstance — but he now describes himself as a "gun-toting, meat-eating, drug-free liberal from America's heartland." He says he had a change of heart, abandoning his conservative outlook after his girlfriend (now his wife), who worked in a Salvation Army soup kitchen, challenged him to stop by and actually meet some of "the bums" he had routinely castigated on his radio show. Schultz's present line, on his nationwide radio and television shows: "You know, I'm a guy from the Midwest, OK? I'm not a big media type. All right?"
A political pundit or talker who switches sides is a rarity, and as such Schultz is despised by some right-tilting listeners who see him as a traitor, and viewed with distrust by some left-leaners who doubt his sincerity. Despite the "liberal" tag, Schultz's opinions are mostly middle-of-the-road, and his radio program was owned by Randy Michaels and Stu Krane, two conservative former syndication executives for The Rush Limbaugh Show.
Father: George Schultz (aeronautical engineer)
Mother: Mary (English teacher, d. Alzheimer's)
Wife: Maureen Zimmerman (newscaster, div., one son)
Son: David Schultz (professional golfer, b. 9-Dec-1982)
Wife: Wendy Noak (psychiatric nurse, m. 2000, until his death)
High School: Maury High School, Norfolk, VA (1972)
University: Moorhead State University
The Ed Schultz Show Host (2004-)
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
New Leadership for America PAC
Endorsement of Select Comfort Sleep Number bed
SPORTS FRANCHISE HISTORY
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)
The Ed Show Host (2009-15)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
The Campaign (4-Aug-2012) · Himself
Author of books:
Straight Talk from the Heartland (2004, autobiography)
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