Glenn Beck Biography
Glenn Beck is an American talk show host, producer, political commentator, and entrepreneur working for Premiere Radio Networks. He hosts a talk radio show, the Glenn Beck Radio Program national syndicate. He created a media platform called Mercury Radio Arts in 2002 where he is the owner and CEO.
Glenn Beck Age
Beck was born on 10th February 1964 in Everett, Washington, U.S., and is 64 years old as of 2024. He celebrates his birthday every year on the 10th of February.
Glenn Beck Height
Beck stands at an approximate height of 6 feet and 3 inches.
Glenn Beck Family
Beck’s parents were William Beck and Mary Clara who were owners of a downtown bakery in Mount Vernon, Washington. He moved to Sumner, Washington together with his mother and his sister. When Beck was 15 years old in 1979, his mother drowned in Commencement Bay west of Tacoma in Puget Sound when she was fishing alongside another man. The police investigation concluded that one victim fell into the water and the other rushed to rescue them but they both drowned. But Beck during an interview said that his mother committed suicide.
His stepbrother also committed suicide and Beck got assistance from Dr. Jack Daniel’s to be able to cope with the situation. He went to live with his father in Bellingham after his mother’s death. During vacations, he would live with Ed and Clara Janssen his maternal grandparents in Iowa.
Glenn Beck Wife
Beck married his first wife Claire in 1983 and together they had two children Hannah Beck and Mary Beck. In 1988 when Mary was born had a series of strokes and as a result, she developed cerebral palsy. They later divorced in 1994 because Beck struggled with substance abuse.
Beck married his second wife Tania in 1999 and together they had two children. They met in their spiritual quest and in October 1999 they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Beck, his wife Tania, and the four children lived in New Canaan, Connecticut, up to April 2011.
Glenn Beck Net Worth
Beck has an estimated net worth of between $150 Million and $250 Million which he has earned through his successful career as a talk show host, producer, political commentator, and entrepreneur.
Glenn Beck Education
Beck studied in Sehome High School in Bellingham where he graduated in 1982. He also studied in a Jesuit school in Puyallup in Sumner, Washington. He started his schooling at Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Mount Vernon.
Beck was recommended at Yale University by Senator Joe Lieberman, who was a fan of his show where he took a theology class, an “Early Christology” course, but he withdrew soon after.
Glenn Beck Career
Beck created a media platform called Mercury Radio Arts in 2002 where he is the owner and CEO. He named after the 1930s radio broadcast Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre. The firm makes all of Beck’s productions including his official website, live stage shows, books, and eponymous radio show. He started the internet TV network, TheBlaze TV, whose original name was GBTV on 12th September 2011. The two-hour show started when viewers had to subscribe and the estimated subscription raised $27 million for the show’s first year of operation. Subscriptions rose to 300,000 generating $40 million according to The Wall Street Journal.
Beck held several rallies called Glenn Beck’s Rally for America in March 2003 to support Iraq War deployed troops. He was also a host of the 2007 Toyota Tundra “Stadium of Fire” in Provo, Utah on July 4, 2007. In Louisville, Kentucky during the NRA convention in May 2008, he gave a keynote speech. Mount Vernon, Washington, mayor announced in August 2009 that he would make September 26, 2009, “Glenn Beck Day” but the locals opposed making the city council vote against it.
Glenn is the producer of The Christmas Sweater: A Return to Redemption, a one-night special film that was produced in December 2009. In January and February 2010 he made “The Bold and Fresh Tour 2010” together with Bill O’Reilly, Fox News host. At USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, Utah in July 2013, he hosted Man in the Moon, a one-night stage event that he produced.
Glenn Beck Radio Career
Beck started his career immediately after high school when he was 18 years old where he worked for KAYK radio station in Provo, Utah. After working for six months, he felt he did not fit in so he left for another job at WPGC in Washington, D.C. in February 1983. Later the same year 1983 moved to KZFM radio station in Corpus Christi, Texas. He moved from KZFM in mid-1985 to work as a lead DJ of a morning-drive show for WRKA in Louisville, Kentucky. Beck hosted a show called Captain Beck and the A-Team which was aired weekdays for four hours. He had a dispute with the management and he left in 1987.
After some months, he got a job at KOY-FM (then Y-95) a Phoenix Top-40 affiliate. He anchored the local “morning zoo” program alongside Tim Hattrick. During his tenure, he became rivals with Bruce Kelly, KZZP morning host. The rivalry took a top-notch when Beck called Bruce’s wife and mocked her because of her miscarriage live on air. This step received lots of criticism from his fellow workers. Glenn would resign from Y-95 to take another job at KRBE, power 104 in Houston but he had very poor ratings thus leading him to be hired in 1990.
Glenn Beck Radio Other Career
Afterward, he moved to WBSB, known as B104 in Baltimore, Maryland where he became partner morning DJ with Pat Gray. While working there, he overspeed his DeLorean thus leading to his arrest a manager would later bail him out, and soon after he together with Pat were fired and they spent six months planning what to do next. They moved to New Haven, Connecticut in 1992 where they started working for a Top-40 radio station called WKCI-FM (KC101). They mocked a Chinese-American caller for their accent in 1995 and WKCI apologised for the same. Pat left the station and Beck was left as a co-host Vinnie Penn. Beck was denied a renewal of his contract in 1999.
Glenn Beck Premiere Radio Networks
In 2000 he moved to Tampa to host The Glenn Beck Program afternoon on WFLA(AM). The show moved from 18th position to 1st in one year and this motivated Premiere Radio Networks to put the show on all the 47 stations nationwide. The New York Times reported on November 5, 2007, that Beck’s contract was being extended. The show was aired on over 280 stations by May 2008 together with XM Satellite and was put on the fourth position most listened to in the nation. Beck was always rated fourth behind Dave Ramsey, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh and by July 2013 he was tired of always being rated fourth.
Glenn Beck Television Career
Beck became the nightly news commentary show Glenn Beck host on CNN starting January 2006. He won an award in 2008 called the Marconi Radio Award. Glenn left CNN in October 2008 for Fox News Channel. He became the host of a weekend version in January 2009 and also the host of Glenn Beck. On Fridays, he had a section on The O’Reilly Factor called “At Your Beck and Call”.His show garnered more viewers by September 2009 than HLN, MSNBC, and CNN combined. His fame did not come without a price since he was criticized by Andrew Tyndall a television analyst and Howard Kurtz of The Washington Post. Mercury Radio Arts and Fox News on April 2011 announced that Beck was leaving his role on Fox News and his last day would be 30th June.
Glenn Beck Books
Beck’s Mercury Radio Arts has a publishing imprint called Mercury Ink that co-publishes with Simon & Schuster. it started its operations in 2011 and publishes Non-fiction titles, novels both adult and young by both Richard Paul Evans and Beck. In 2010, he was The New York Times Bestseller List number 1 for Children’s Picture Books, Hardcover Fiction, Paperback Non-Fiction, and Hardcover Non-Fiction. In Tools of Titans, Tim Ferriss’s book, Glenn has advised on a whole chapter.
Glenn Beck Children Books
- 2009 The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
- 2011 Beck Glenn Aladdin Books; Schoebinger, Chris; Dorman, Brandon (illustrator). The Snow Angel.
- 2011 Political Power: Glenn Beck, by Jerome Maida, Mark Sparacio (illus.); Bluewater Productions.
Glenn Beck Fiction Books
- 2008 The Christmas Sweater, Simon & Schuster.
- 2010 The Overton Window, Threshold Editions.
- 2011 Beck, Glenn; Baart, Nicole. The Snow Angel. Threshold Editions.
- 2012 Beck, Glenn; Parke, Harriet Agenda 21. Threshold Editions.
- 2013 The Eye of Moloch, Threshold Editions June.
- 2015 Agenda 21: Into the Shadows, Threshold Editions.
- 2015 The Immortal Nicholas, Mercury Ink.
Beck Non-fiction Books
- 2003 The Real America: Messages from the Heart and Heartland. Simon & Schuster.
- 2021 The Great Reset: Joe Biden and the Rise of Twenty-First-Century Fascism, co-author; Justin Haskins, Forefront Books.
- 2007 An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World’s Biggest Problems. Simon & Schuster.
- 2009 Giant Missile Parades, Simon & Schuster Audio CD.
- 2011 Being George Washington: The Indispensable Man, As You’ve Never Seen Him. Simon & Schuster. 2011.
- 2010 Idiots Unplugged, Simon & Schuster (Audio CD).
- 2011 The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life, co-author by Keith Ablow; Threshold Editions.
- 2010 Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth, and Treasure, Simon & Schuster.
- 2011 The Original Argument: The Federalists’ Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century, with Joshua Charles; Threshold Editions.
- 2009 Giant Missile Parades, Simon & Schuster Audio CD.
Glenn Beck Drug Addiction
Beck has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and he is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. To the music of Kurt Cobain, Beck had an imagination of shooting himself in 1994. He has achieved sobriety since November 1994 and as a result, he is thankful to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). He started getting high when he was 16 years old and he had been an addict for 15 years.
Glenn Beck Macular Dystrophy
Beck was diagnosed with macular dystrophy in July 2010. The disorder is an irregular autosomal dominant eye disorder that can cause progressive vision loss. The doctor told him he could find it difficult to recognize faces, read, and drive.
Glenn Beck Neurological Disorder
Beck made a public announcement on TheBlaze that he had been suffering from a neurological disorder, a disorder of the nervous system for the past five years that he had as of 10th November 2014. The disorder has symptoms that make it impossible for him to work and he also had a series of other health problems that made him feel and look crazy. He was also diagnosed with a lot of other health problems by Frederick Carrick, a chiropractor among them adrenal fatigue and an autoimmune disorder. Glenn received several treatments for over ten months and he recovered. He made public on 13th January 2022 that COVID-19 his second case was getting in his lungs.
Glenn Beck Philanthropy
Beck formed Mercury One, a nonprofit organization in 2011 whose mission is to “restore the human spirit by encouraging dependence on God, providing humanitarian aid, preserving heritage, and empowering all to stand for truth.” He developed a clothesline in early 2011 to be sold to charity and began selling 1791 exclusively at its website, 1791.com upscale clothing line.
He announced in July 2014 that he, Representative Louie Gohmert, and Senator Mike Lee would take trailers full of food, teddy bears, and hot meals to the U.S.-Mexico border to support immigrant children. Beck’s Nazarene Fund helped Christian refugees from Syria and Iraq to relocate to Canada, Brazil, Lebanon, Greece, Slovakia, France, Australia, and the U.S. as of 2017.
Glenn Beck Projects and rallies
- 2009 March 9–12 Project and Tea Party protests.
- Restoring Honor rally August 28, 2010.
- “America’s First Christmas” December 2010.
- Restoring Courage 2011 international tour August 2011.
- 2012 presidential campaign in support of Mitt Romney.
- August 2012 Restoring Love rally and “Day of Service”.
- Restoring Unity and Never Again Is Now August 2015.
Glenn Beck Social Media Platforms
He is active on his social media accounts and is often seen posting on his Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. He has over 3.6M followers on Facebook.