Hartmann, 60, said in a press release: "This is a great opportunity for us, broadcasting from the belly of the beast."
As with Dave Ross, BlatherWatch hasn't covered Thom Hartmann much. But we most always agree with him, and dig how his measured, educated, reasonability has made him a big talk star. According to his syndicator Dial-Global, more people listen to Hartmann's show on more stations than any other progressive talk show in America.
He's a screamin' liberal who doesn't shout.
A favorite story about Hartmann was when the robots got mixed up and beamed him down for hours - not to lib-talker KPTK - but to conservative KTTH as the bloaty, old cigar-butt, Billo Reilly was supposed to be pontifying. Hilarity ensued when we called KIRO demanding an explanation.
This from Wikipedia:
Hartmann is a writer who has published more than twenty books on diverse topics. The title which won the most critical acclaim is The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight. In 1999 he was invited by the Dalai Lama to spend a week in Dharamsala after the Dalai Lama finished reading this book. Hartmann won the Project Censored Award in 2004 for Unequal Protection. As a result of a book on spirituality, The Prophet's Way, he was invited in 1998 to meet Pope John Paul II.
He's also a successful business man who has sold out two companies, and retired twice. After he syndicated a local show in Vermont, KPOJ enticed him to Portland where also did a local morning show until he dropped it in 2008. He replaced Al Franken on Air America in 2007, bailed in 2009. He's always been friendly to us, once even mentioning us on the air (One of the many apexes of our blogging career).
This is a big move for Hartmann. Expect to see him more on the teevee machine and in Washington-based media, as we have Ed Shultz when he made a similar move in 2009.