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Who Will Be the Next Progressive Talk Radio Star?

After taking off two years ago with the popularity of “The Ed Schultz Show,” progressive talk radio has become a staple on the airwaves. From Sam Seder to Ed Schultz, progressive hosts have gained notoriety for their humor as much as their biting political commentary. And yesterday, two competitors waged a fierce battle for the opportunity to become the next star to join their ranks.

The two finalists, Russ Belville and Curtis Hannum, each had 30 minutes to do a mock broadcast before a live audience. The topics discussed meandered from drug legalization to “corporate personhood,” giving judges and audience members a glimpse of the superb talents each finalist possessed.

The finalists were then judged by a four-person panel consisting of Ed Schultz, Host of “The Ed Schultz Show”; Melody Barnes, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund; Michael Dirkx, Operations Manager for KPOJ, Portland, OR; and Gary Schonfeld, Co-Founder and President of Media America, and Founder and President of Media Syndication Services.

Find who the winner was here: