Glenn Beck is a talk radio and TV personality whose quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality has helped him attract a devoted following nationwide. His show, The Glenn Beck Program, is heard on more than 300 radio stations across the country and is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. It is the third highest-rated national radio talk show among adults ages 25 to 54.
In addition to his daily radio show, Beck recently launched a self-titled national TV show on CNN Headline News.
Beck made his radio debut at the age of 13 in Seattle. After graduating high school, Beck pursued his career as a Top 40 DJ at stations across the country.
But at the age of 30, Beck lost his passion for radio – and everything else – as he was consumed by alcoholism and drug addiction. Struggling to find answers to his problem, Beck pursued higher education. Though he was accepted by Yale as a theology major, he lasted only one semester, faced with a divorce from his first wife and separation from his two daughters and a now-struggling radio career.
Coming to terms with his past and staying sober shifted his life direction. He found a new love (his second wife, Tania), religion (he was baptized Mormon in 2000), and a new vision of his career – he would pursue talk radio.
Beck made his talk radio debut in 2001 when he joined WFLA-AM in Tampa, Fla, where he took over a program ranked 18th in the market and took it to No. 1 within his first year.
Within 18 months, Premiere Radio Networks offered Beck the opportunity to go national. In January 2002, The Glenn Beck Program debuted on 47 stations. Today, the show is heard on more than 300 stations and on XM satellite radio.
In January 2006, CNN announced that Beck would have an hour-long show on CNN Headline News. Glenn Beck, which debuted May 8, 2006, is an unconventional look at the news of the day featuring Beck’s often amusing perspective.
Beck’s 7 p.m. Headline News audience has grown substantially since his debut, showing double-digit growth in the coveted persons 25-54 demo and in persons 18-34 (29 percent) and persons 18-49 (22 percent).
Beck is married with four kids and resides in Connecticut.