From WRSI to MSNBC, Maddow Hits the Big Time

Rachel Maddow has hit the big time. I remember a few years ago when I used to appear on her morning show on WRSI FM. I’d pop down to the Northampton studio about 7 am, and we’d talk about travel tips. Eventually she had to refrain from bringing me on since the management decided I was tooting my own horn too loudly. But it was fun while it lasted.

Last night I read that on September 8, Maddow will host her own show on MSNBC, taking the 9 pm spot from Dan Abrams. Fellow liberal Keith Olbermann had used her as a fill-in host, and he was crowing about how deserving she is of her own hour on Daily Kos. He also lamented that he now had to find another top quality sub for his show.

Rachel has an incredible and encyclopedic grasp of the issues, a knowledge of the players and of current events, and now that Rush Limbaugh has heard of her, she’s ready for television. Pundits are saying that this signals MSNBC is making a major tilt to the left.

The photo of her was striking—well coiffed and in a sleek dress. A far cry from the Converse All-stars and tee shirt she used to wear in the WRSI studio.

I wish her the best of luck in TV. The best part of this story is that it was simply her raw talent that got her the gig. She has endured years on the shrill Air America, and now will be on a channel that just about everybody gets on basic cable. Congrats, Rachel!