Digital disruption is inevitable, and as you now may have heard, TheBlaze and Mercury Radio Arts slashed “just over 20 percent of the combined workforce” Thursday.
Glenn, who was awarded the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, launched the multimedia platform in 2011.
“I think the days of business being done the way it’s always been done … is over. And I don’t think people really understand that yet,” Glenn said.
“And I’ve been warning you for a long time…there’s going to come a time to where we’re going to cross this line and all of the changes that the Industrial Revolution brought – over a hundred years – remember, Americans went from a farming community to a culture living in the cities on top of each other with radio communication, and automated machines, and cars, and everything else. That took about a hundred years to flip the entire society over. There’s going to come a time where it’s going to happen in a 10 year period and it will be as dramatic, if not more so … but in a 10 year period. I’ve been warning that that time is coming … ”
Today on radio, Glenn shared some of the major changes taking place at TheBlaze, including changes in new programming and what the future for media looks like in America.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.
This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: You started with the white supremacy there. Once again, the white person comes first. That’s the kind of stuff that Pat will now be bringing you every day.
Pat is — we’ve announced — in fact, I think we’re announcing right now for the first time that Pat is going to be doing his own show following this program, three-hour unleashed — Pat unleashed. Because that chain around his neck is starting to chafe just a little bit.
PAT: A little bit. Yeah. Uh-huh.
GLENN: And so that will be on Blaze TV and Blaze Radio, starting a week from Monday, right?
PAT: Yes. There may be slightly — slightly less mentions of the word love.
JEFFY: Is it undeniable?
STU: It’s undeniable.
PAT: It’s undeniable.
GLENN: Uh-huh. Uh-huh.
STU: Take me with you. Take me with you.
GLENN: Oh, gosh. I wish I could.
When I proposed this, Stu was like, “I can go too, right? I can go.”
Isn’t there something like a Stockholm syndrome that’s supposed to happen with you guys?
I’m just saying.
PAT: No, we really love our captor. He’s really good to us.
GLENN: Right. Right. Okay.
STU: I’m really excited for that. It’s going to be on if you’re a Blaze subscriber, you get to watch it. It will be on Blaze Radio every single day. The Pat Gray Show. Do you know what you’re calling it yet?
JEFFY: Pat Gray.
PAT: I think we’re going out on a limb and calling it Pat Gray.
STU: Oh, my gosh. That’s interesting.
GLENN: It’s very clever.
STU: I don’t understand the choice.
GLENN: We did a lot of focus groups. Yeah, we did. We went to a big New York agency and said, “We have all of these options. And we don’t know where to — and they did some focus groups. It cost about half a million dollars.
We’re going out on a limb. Either Boxy, But Good. Or just Pat Gray.
STU: And they went Pat Gray?
GLENN: Yeah, they went with Pat Gray.
PAT: Even though Boxy, But Good — it was tempting. We liked that one —
GLENN: It was tempting. It was tempting. But we liked it. So Pat is going to be doing that. Yesterday, in case you read — hopefully, you know, you got it from my post. And, you know, and you can believe whatever you want.
But yesterday, we made some changes here. Because as I’ve been talking about for a while, and I said yesterday on the air that I met with some banking people just this weekend. They were talking — I said, you know, I think the days of — of business being done the way it’s always been done is over.
And I don’t think people really understand that yet. And I’ve been warning you for a long time. There’s going to come a time to where we’re going to cross this line, and all of the changes that the Industrial Revolution brought over 100 years — remember, they went from — Americans went from a farming community to a culture living in the cities on top of each other with radio communication and automated machines and cars and everything else. That took about 100 years to flip the entire society over.
There’s going to come a time where it’s going to happen in a ten-year period. And it will be as dramatic, if not more so. But in a ten-year period. I’ve been warning that that time is coming. And I’ve been saying, “I don’t know when that is happening.” I still don’t. But I believe — I’m betting that we’ve just crossed the threshold. I think we’ve just crossed the Rubicon of — of change. And there’s no way this is going to slow down or stop now. And it’s going to affect everyone
And as I was talking to these bankers, they said — they said, “That’s happening in our business. That’s happening — we’re seeing this in every business, that if you don’t disrupt yourself, and I mean seriously disrupt yourself, you’re not going to make it.”
And we started to talk about, how does a bank invest when there is no such thing as like a capex expense. When you can’t say, “Hey, I need a loan for $2 million for this software system or for whatever.” When two years in, that software system could be completely outdated and replaced by something that, you know, is a free app.
And he said, “I don’t know. We haven’t figured that one out yet.” So we’re just in this really weird world of chaos. And we’re making some changes here to reduce the chaos and try to — try to explain your world and have it make sense.
Going over to TheBlaze radio also is Jeffy. Jeffy is going to be operations for TheBlaze Radio. And Jeffy — nobody really knows this. Jeffy is just an anchor around all of our necks.
STU: They know that. We tell him all the time.
GLENN: Oh, no, wait. That wasn’t the story I was going to tell. Most people don’t know this, but, Jeffy, when I worked at WFLA, Jeffy was pretty much running the place. He — yeah, you were.
GLENN: And he is big behind the scenes. A lot of people say, “I don’t know what Jeffy does for a living.”
GLENN: He actually is — he’s responsible for —
JEFFY: That’s because you say that.
STU: That’s true. That’s very true.
GLENN: TheBlaze Radio. And he’s going to fully take over that position, beginning Monday — or, Tuesday, as well.