The Wild and Weird History of MSNBC’s 6 PM Hour — Which Now Has a Record-Holding Host

Cable news programming is difficult. In some cases, it’s very difficult, especially in those awkward parts of a daily sked. Morning shows start the day and collect whatever leftover glory hasn’t been gobbled up by prime time hosts. And daytime anchors are charged with mostly “advancing the runners,” to use a baseball metaphor.

But that space between traditional 9-5 daypart and prime time is sort of the nether-region of programming. Cable news “taint,” if you will. And while it’s almost impossible to find the right host for those hours, it’s a critical time as it leads into prime time, where ratings can power an entire network. We don’t need to spell out how much easier it is to draw
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