Glenn Beck – Founder & CEO, Mercury Radio Arts
Glenn Beck is one of America’s leading multi-media personalities. His quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality have made The Glenn Beck Program the third highest rated radio program in America and TheBlaze TV, one of the world’s largest streaming video networks. His unique blend of modern-day storytelling and insightful views on current events allowed him to achieve the extraordinary feat of having #1 New York Times bestsellers in both fiction and non-fiction. Beck also stars in live stage shows, is the editor of GlennBeck.com, and the publisher of TheBlaze.com. Beck’s Restoring Honor Event on 8/28/2010 drew hundreds of thousands of people to the Mall in Washington D.C. Previously, Beck hosted a phenomenally successful daily show on Fox News.
While Beck entered the media world as a DJ at the tender age of 13, everything changed when he discovered a new vision of his career – talk radio. In 2002, he launched The Glenn Beck Program on a mere 47 stations with the mission to make listeners “feel goodness from my show and accept me for who I am – flaws and all.” Nothing has been the same since.
Just a few short years, Beck’s radio show can now be heard across the country on over 400 stations, his books reach the top of bestseller lists, and he travels across the country performing his live stage shows to sold-out audiences. Across all of these mediums, Beck connects with his fans in a whole new way, inspiring and entertaining them with his humor, hard-hitting interviews, and honest tales about his life.
Beck’s radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks and is the third highest-rated national radio talk show among adults ages 25 to 54. Beck was the recipient of the 2008 Marconi Award for Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year from the National Association of Broadcasters.
Beck’s self-titled topical talk show on the Fox News Channel averaged over 2 million viewers a night during its two and a half-year run. That performance built off the success of Beck’s nightly TV show on CNN Headline News, which he hosted from 2006-2008. During those two years, the show grew by more than 200% in viewership in both the 7pm and 9pm timeslots.
Beck is the author of seven #1 New York Times Bestsellers. When The Christmas Sweater, his first novel, debuted at #1 on the fiction list, Beck became one of a handful of authors to write books that reached #1 on both the fiction and non-fiction New York Times lists.
Beck often travels across the country on a live stage tours and has attracted over 300,000 fans in nearly 40 different markets. His web sites, GlennBeck.com and TheBlaze, receive millions of visitors a month.
Beck grew up in Mount Vernon, Washington, and he began his radio career at the age of 13 in nearby Seattle. After graduating high school, Beck landed jobs as a Top 40 DJ at stations across the country, from Baltimore and Houston to Phoenix and New Haven.
But at the age of 30, Beck lost his passion for radio – and everything else – as he was consumed by alcoholism and drug addiction. But once Beck came to terms with his past and focused on staying sober, he was able to shift his life direction. He found new love (his second wife, Tania) and religion (he was baptized Mormon) and decided he would pursue a career in talk radio.
Soon after, Beck received a call from an agent interested in representing him. Days later, he had an offer to host his own talk radio show on WFLA-AM in Tampa, Florida. Beck inherited the 18th placed position at WFLA-AM and took it to the #1 position in his first year, giving the station its highest ratings ever.
Within 18 months, Premiere Radio Networks, the leading radio syndication company in the country, offered Glenn the opportunity to go national. In January 2002, The Glenn Beck Program debuted on 47 stations. Only a few years later, the show is now heard on over 400 stations and on Sirius XM satellite Radio.
Beck’s production company, Mercury Radio Arts, produces or co-produces his radio, online, live events, publishing, and digital media projects.
He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and four kids.
About Mercury Radio Arts
“Mercury is comprised of dynamic, out-of-the-box thinkers and entrepreneurs who view the world in a different light. They are people who strongly believe in the values this company was built upon and who believe the best way to do business is by being honest. It is this honesty, and thereby integrity, that sets us apart and has led to our success.” – Glenn Beck, Founder and CEO.
Mercury Radio Arts is Glenn Beck’s fully integrated multi-media production company. Mercury produces or co-produces all Glenn Beck related properties including The Glenn Beck Radio Program, America’s third highest-rated radio show, TheBlaze TV, one of the world’s largest streaming video networks, Beck’s New York Times bestselling books, his live stage-show business, fan portal GlennBeck.com, news and information network TheBlaze, and the small business friendly Marketplace by TheBlaze. Founded in 2002, Mercury has a full time staff of over 100 employees and is based in New York, NY and Dallas, TX.
On radio, Mercury produces The Glenn Beck Program, the third highest-rated national talk show among adults ages 25 to 54. The show is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks and grew a remarkable 52% nationwide year-to-year in the A25-54 demo according to the Arbitron Fall 2008 Nationwide Survey.
In 2012, Mercury launched GBTV (now TheBlaze TV), one of the world’s largest streaming video networks. The network features over seven hours of daily original programming focusing on everything from news, history, entertainment, comedy, and children’s programming. The network also broadcasts Glenn Beck’s live events and specials. GBTV debuted on September 12th, 2011 to over 230,000 subscribers, which the Wall Street Journal reported was “more than the average 156,000 people who were watching the Oprah Winfrey Network in June.”
Mercury’s digital platforms also include GlennBeck.com , the fan portal; The Marketplace by TheBlaze, the e-commerce site for connecting consumers with small businesses; and TheBlaze.com, the news & information network.
In publishing, Mercury works closely with Simon and Schuster to publish all of Beck’s books. Mercury Ink publishes books written by other authors and the imprint’s first title, Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans, spent its first two weeks at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.
On stage, Mercury produces live tours starring Beck. In total, over 300,000 fans have seen Glenn live on stage, in nearly 40 different markets across the country.
Previously, Mercury co-produced Beck’s nightly TV show on CNN Headline News, which he hosted from 2006-2008, and his phenomenally successful nightly show on Fox News from 2009-2011.
Chris Balfe – President & COO, Mercury Radio Arts
Chris Balfe is the President and COO of Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s multi-media production company. Balfe manages the day to day operations for all Glenn Beck related properties including The Glenn Beck Program, America’s third highest-rated radio show, TheBlaze TV, one of the world’s largest streaming video networks, Beck’s New York Times bestselling books, his live stage-show business, and digital businesses at GlennBeck.com, TheBlaze.com, and The Marketplace by TheBlaze.
Since joining Mercury as its second employee in 2003, Balfe has helped spearhead the company’s growth and expansion into a fully integrated multi-media enterprise with projects spanning the radio, television, digital, publishing and touring industries. Balfe also orchestrates Mercury’s business development activities and manages relationships with leading media companies like Premiere and Simon & Schuster.
In 2010, Balfe was named to the Crain’s 40 under 40 list of New York’s business leaders.
Balfe was named President and COO in January 2008 and previously served as General Manager and COO. Prior to Mercury, he was a Senior Consultant at Andersen Consulting (later Accenture) and worked with such clients as RCA and EMC. Balfe began his entrepreneurial career launching the website ComputerHelp.com in 1995 when he was just 16-years-old. The site provided users across the country with solutions to their computer problems.
Balfe first met Glenn during his morning radio days in the mid-1990s. They became fast friends and worked together informally until Balfe officially joined Mercury in 2003.
Balfe grew up in Cheshire, CT and attended the University of Connecticut for one year before leaving to focus on a variety of internet properties. He currently lives in New York, New York.