Folks, this is The Blogmother telling you I'm a big fan of The Ed Schultz Show. Ever since Big Eddie made his Treasure Valley radio debut on KFXD 630 AM about a year ago, I've listened in almost every weekday. Schultz, who is based out of Fargo, North Dakota, is a Republican-turned-Democrat with a working-class heart and listener base. In other words, he's a perfect fit for Idaho.
An example: Yesterday, while talking about BushCo, er, the Supreme Court's decision to slice the Exxon settlement, Schultz took a call from a small commercial fisherman in Alaska who called in from his boat. Schultz grilled him on how the corporate-friendly settlement screws over Northwestern fisherfolk, but you could tell his real glee was talking with the dude about what rigs he was using to catch salmon.
The hour before that, two evangelical Christians called in to say that no matter what James Dobson thinks, they'll be voting for Barack Obama this year, and that many other evangelicals will be doing the same. Schultz agreed, noting how Obama is obviously a strong family man as well as someone (like Schultz) who will not necessarily toe the Democratic party line on every single issue.
On issues ranging from veterans (whom he supports with a passion) to gas prices (Schultz frequently gets calls from long-haul drivers whose diesel bills are killing them), Schultz is the real deal. For sure, if the Idahoans who spend their days listening to Rush, O'Reilly, and Savage would give Ed Schultz a few days, they may find they have more in common with this hunting, fishing, and truck-driving guy with a dog named Buck than they do with the pill-popping, sexual-harrassing, hate-spewing GOP talkers, never mind Idaho's low-rent version.
In fact, if we could get Big Eddie on the air in every part of the state, well, there's no telling how blue we might move.
But The Ed Schultz Show is currently only available in two Idaho markets: Coeur d'Alene, via Spokane station KPTQ, where it airs live from noon to 3 Pacific Time, and Boise, where it airs on tape delay on KFXD from 4 to 7 p.m. You can also hear it live on the Big Eddie website from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain, or via XM or Sirius satellite radio - but that's not the same as local radio, now, is it?
So call your favorite stations in Salmon, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, McCall, Lewiston, or Sandpoint and ask about The Ed Schultz Show. I'll also go on record here as saying there'd be no finer speaker for the next big Idaho Democratic dinner - even if he probably wouldn't fit into a dread plaid jacket.
Note: Eddie's guest host, "senior legal analyst" NorMAN GoldMAN, seems to be on tap for today's show. He's good, too, though no real substitute for Big Ed. So if you haven't listened to the show before, be sure to tune in when Big Eddie is back.