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|Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:18 am Post subject: Thom Hartmann to change times on network
|Thom Hartmann's show, currently heard live from Noon-3 PM Eastern on Dial Global's network, will be shifting 3 hours back to afternoon drive, 3-6 PM Eastern time, same time as Randi Rhodes. This is the time Sirius XM Left carries Hartmann's show, currently in delay. Sirius XM Left Plus carries it live.
|Schultz and Hartmann are cooperating for the greater good!
That’s right, get this!
It is no secret that the progressive branch of the news/talk world has had its share of obstacles to overcome – weak-signaled outlets, poor business strategies (Air America), a slow start jumping into the modern talk era fray and a less sharply-defined target audience than conservative talk has been able to galvanize — just to name a handful.
Then there has been “The Great Ed Schultz-Thom Hartmann Scheduling Conflict” – otherwise known in the laws of physics as two objects not being able to occupy the same space at the same time. (Well, I’m not really sure if that actually is a law of physics – especially with String Theory and all that far out stuff that Michio Kaku talks about on the Science Channel – but you get my drift.)
For years, station programmers wanting to cobble together a decent progressive talk radio line-up and create a time-spent-listening feeding frenzy have had to deal with the inconvenient fact that the genre’s two biggest players both broadcast their midday programs live at the same friggin’ time! They are both in the studio between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm ET. How frustrating that must be for the good folks at Dial Global who represent both of these acts (and have for years been earnest supporters of the progressive talk radio movement).
That would be the equivalent of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity airing live at the same time! Can you imagine? Schultz and Hartmann competing head-to-head is even more of a nuisance because, unfortunately, there are fewer big name stars in progressive talk from which to choose than there are among the conservative crop. Hartmann and Schultz are giants of the progressive talk movement. Heck, they are biggies of talk radio period – coming in on last year’s TALKERS Heavy Hundred at numbers eight and nine respectively – and each having nightly cable television programs… Schultz on MSBNC and Hartmann on RT Television.
All of the radio stations running both of these leviathans of the left have had to put one or the other on the air in a delayed broadcast mode or just not have the benefit of both being in their line-ups.
The worst part of it (at least from this mother’s point of view) is that these two fine men who have contributed so much to diversity of opinion on the news/talk radio and television dials have had somewhat of a frosty personal relationship due to the non-productive competitiveness of their situation.
Well, as of what my sources tell me is a target date of March 12, this problem will come to an end. The Lip has uncovered strong evidence to indicate that Thom Hartmann will move his program to the 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm slot opening the door to stations rounding out their line-up with two big stars operating live and harmoniously. This little bit of maneuvering and, from what I understand has actually been purposeful cooperation between Schultz and Hartmann, could be the missing piece of the puzzle to take progressive talk radio to the next level.