Glenn Lee Beck is a popular television personality, radio host, conservative political commentator, author, TV producer, film maker, and a businessman. He is most well-known for his show the Glenn Beck Radio Program, which airs across the United Stated under Premiere Radio Networks. His TV show aire from 2006 to 2008 on HLN, and on the Fox News Channel from 2009 until 2011. Presently, the show can be viewed on TheBlaze. In addition to having written six New York Times best-selling books, Beck also founded and served as the CEO of Mercury Radio Arts.
BECK’S ORIGINS AND PERSONAL LIFE
Glenn Beck was originally from Everett, Washington. His parents, Mary Clara (nee Janssen) and William Beck decided to move to Mount Vernon, Washington, where the family started a bakery business.
Glenn and his sister went to a Jesuit school in Sumner, Washington. Her mother suffered a controversial death when she drowned in Tacoma, Washington. Some people thought that the drowning was just an accident while others thought it was supposedly a suicide.
Their mother’s death caused Glenn and his sister to move in back with their father in Bellingham, Washington. There, Glenn finished high school in Sehome High School. After graduating in high school he went to Provo, Utah and started working at the KAYK radio station where he lasted for six months before working for WPGC at Washington D.C.
After moving to Washington D.C., Beck met and married his first wife, Claire. They bore two daughters named Mary and Hannah. Beck’s wife divorced in 1994 because of his apparent drug abuse. After rehabilitation, he was diagnosed with ADHD and has been quoted in claiming that he’s a borderline schizophrenic.
Beck continued abusing alcohol and cannabis but he eventually recovered after he started attending AA meetings.
In 1996, Beck studied theology at Yale University. Afterwards, he delved on what he called as spiritual quest and started educating himself by reading books written by Alan Dershowitz, Pope John Paul II, Adolf Hitler, Billy Graham, Carl Sagan, and Friedrich Nietzsche.
Beck’s second wife was Tania, who he exchanged vows with in 1999. He had two children with her, Raphe and Cheyenne. Together with his second wife, Beck joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1999.
In 2010, he developed macular dystrophy and decided to relocate his main TV and radio studios to Dallas, Texas in 2011. As years passed by, Beck suffered from neurological disorders that manifested symptoms which prevented him from working properly. He also consulted with a chiropractor who diagnosed him with a number of disorders some of which people had trouble believing.
BECK’S PROFESSIONAL CAREER
In 1983, Beck worked for KZFM in Corpus Christi, Texas and in WRKA in Louisville, Kentucky in 1985. After suddenly leaving his show in 1987, Beck transferred to KOY-FM (Y-95) where he hosted with Tim Hattrick the Phoenix Top-40 program. He became a close competitor of KZZP’s Bruce Kelly. Not long after, Beck quit and started working at KRBE in Houston.
When he came to Baltimore, Maryland, Beck worked at WBSB with his partner Pat Gray. They were both fired eventually which prompted them to try their luck with WKCI-FM. A commentary made by Beck and Gray caused an uproar within activist groups. This led to a protest that made Gray relocate to Salt Lake City and the non-renewal of Beck’s contract with the radio station.
The Glenn Beck Program started airing in 2000 on WFLA, in Tampa. It began airing in 47 stations across the states under Premiere Radio Networks in 2002. The show continued gaining popularity, reaching people through 280 terrestrial stations by 2008.
Glenn Beck also hosted a TV show entitled Glenn Beck which was shown in CNN. Before his career in the network concluded, Beck gained the second most TV following next to Nancy Grace. Beck moved to Fox News Channel and started hosting Glenn Beck in 2009. The show gained high ratings but it occasionally received criticisms from various people.
After working for Fox News Channel for two years, Beck established his own television network, TheBlaze TV. It started as a subscription-based internet TV which gained a number of subscriptions and followings after it was launched.
Beck also wrote a number of books and conducted stage shows and speeches. Beginning 2005, he went from city to city to perform a one-man stage show. Some of these shows were also shown simultaneously in a number of theaters.
In addition to his tours, Beck was behind some series of rallies which mainly aimed for gaining support for troops deployed in Iraq. He also established Mercury One whose goals were to support the organization through entrepreneurship.