MSNBC makes a smart move — Rachel Maddow is getting her own show.

Beginning September 8, she’ll take over the spot currently held by Dan Abrams’ “Verdict” which immediately follows Keith Olbermann. Keith spilled the news today in his Daily Kos diary.

She’s the host of a radio show on Air America, a frequent commentator on MSNBC shows (usually putting Pat Buchanan in his place), and was apparently the regular guest host whenever Keith took a vacation.

It’s not known yet whether Rachel will continue hosting the Air America radio show. [UPDATE: Rachel announced on Countdown that she will continue hosting the radio show.]

The Washington Post notes that she “may also be the first openly gay woman to host a prime-time program.”