Ed Schultz and Rush Limbaugh are both popular radio talk show hosts. They are ideological adversaries with Limbaugh being a right-wing commentator and Schultz, in many ways, his left-wing counterpart. They are both considered extremists in their ideological positions.

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Ed Schultz versus Rush Limbaugh comparison chart
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Ed SchultzRush Limbaugh
Occupation Talk radio and television host, political commentator/pundit, author Radio host, political commentator, author, television personality
Place of birth Norfolk, Virginia United States Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States
Date of birth January 27, 1954 January 12, 1951
Alma mater Minnesota State University, Moorhead Southeast Missouri State University (Dropped Out)
Full name Edward Andrew Schultz Rush Hudson Limbaugh III
Talk shows The Ed Show (TV); The Ed Schultz Show (Radio) The Rush Limbaugh Show (Radio)
Active years 30 years in broadcasting 1967–present
Career Footballer, Sportscaster , News and Views radio show, The Ed Schultz Show, MSNBC’s The Ed Show Music disc jockey, Radio talk show at KFBK, WABC 770 AM, Pro football commentator with ESPN, Premiere Radio Networks
Website bigeddieradio.com rushlimbaugh.com
Children Six None
Awards Three Eric Sevareid Awards, and as leader of a broadcast team - two Marconi and one Peabody Award 1992, 1995, 2000 and 2005 recipient of the Marconi Radio Award; 2007 Award for Media Excellence, by the Media Research 2009; CPAC's "Defender of the Constitution Award"
Books Straight Talk from the Heartland (2004, autobiography) The Way Things Ought to Be (1992); See, I Told You So (1993)

Personal Lives of Limbaugh and Schultz

Ed Schultz a.k.a. Edward Andrew Schultz was born on January 27, 1954 in Norfolk, Virginia to George Schultz, an engineer, and Mary Schultz, an English teacher. He graduated from Maury High School, Norfolk in 1972 and earned a full scholarship to Moorhead State University Minnesota to play football. He played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) for sometime before he quit football.

Rush Limbaugh a.k.a. Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was born on January 12, 1951 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Jr., a lawyer, and Mildred Carolyn "Millie" (née Armstrong). Limbaugh graduated from Cape Girardeau, Missouri Central High School, in 1969. Though he joined Southeast Missouri State University, he did not complete the course and moved to McKeesport, Pennsylvania. In the 1970’s he joined various radio stations in Pittsburgh and Kansas City.


Ed Schultz first married Maureen Zimmerman who was his news co-anchor and producer at WDAY radio station. They got divorced in 1993. He re-married in 1998 to Wendy Schultz, a psychiatric nurse.

Rush Limbaugh has been married four times. His first wife was Roxy Maxine McNeely, a sales secretary at radio station WHB in Kansas City, Missouri. They got married in 1977 and got a divorce in 1980 on the grounds of incompatibility. His second wife was Michelle Sixta, a college student and usherette at the Kansas City Royals Stadium Club. They were married from 1983 to 1990. His third marriage was to Marta Fitzgerald, an aerobics instructor, from 1994 to 2004. Kathryn Rogers, a party planner from Florida is his current wife. They got married on 5th June 2010. He does not have any children.

Career highlights

Schultz began his career as a sports broadcaster. His career graph can be summarized as follows:

Limbaugh’s career graph

In News for other reasons

Ed Schultz

Rush Limbaugh

Controversial statements

Ed Schultz

(a) ‘I tell you what, if I lived in Massachusetts I'd try to vote 10 times. I don't know if they'd let me or not, but I'd try to. Yeah, that's right. I'd cheat to keep these bastards out. I would. Cause that's exactly what they are’ ‘I misspoke on Friday. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I meant to say, "If I could vote 20 times, that's what I'd do.’ (b) ‘I think it's a travesty he's (Glenn Beck) not going to see the country he's trying to destroy.’

Rush Limbaugh

Videos about the Rivalry

Ed Schultz Calls Out Rush Limbaugh Over "Mr. Ed" Crack


Ed Schultz

Rush Limbaugh


Ed Schultz got 3 Eric Sevareid Awards, and as leader of a broadcast team - two Marconi and one Peabody Award. Rush Limbaugh was the 1992, 1995, 2000 and 2005 recipient of the Marconi Radio Award. He was also awarded for Media Excellence, by the Media Research in 2007. In 2009 he bagged the CPAC's "Defender of the Constitution Award".


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