Glenn talks about his past and his plans for the future during trip to Pittsburgh

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Glenn has been making some waves in the media the past few weeks, both with the announcement of his new radio deal as well as his plans to merge GBTV with TheBlaze to create a new multimedia news, information, and entertainment company. During a recent trip to Pittsburgh, he sat down with the local Pittsburgh Tribune-Review to discuss his youth, his family, and his business and how the past has influenced the next phase in his professional career.

The Pittsburgh paper opened their profile with an anecdote of Glenn's very early interest in small businesses and politics:

As a kid in Mount Vernon, Wash., Glenn Beck fashioned a sandwich board from two political yard signs for a county commission candidate and set out to rally support for the man who ran a sporting goods store near his parents’ bakery.

“He was a young guy not bashful about being in the public eye,” said Bud Norris, 67, the object of Beck’s youthful support. “Everyone recognized that he was a special kid who had a kind of drive.”

Norris went on to serve two terms as Skagit County commissioner and two as mayor of Mount Vernon.

The drive that Norris spoke of led Glenn to build a media company that currently produces his daily radio and television shows, a thriving publishing imprint, as well as the newly expanded TheBlaze network, which merges one of the world's largest subscription streaming video networks (GBTV) with a news and information website that currently gets 7 million unique visitors a month (The Blaze).

The paper quoted Michael Harrison, publisher of the talk radio trade Talkers Magazine, about the merger. He said, "There are cases in which a personal name becomes a platform brand — such as Trump, Forbes and Ford — and they worked out well. But NBC wasn’t named Sarnoff, CBS wasn’t named Paley, and Playboy wasn’t named Hefner. I think Beck is refining his approach to continuing his successful journey as a 21st century media pioneer."

But what are some of Glenn's plans?

“We intend on being a positive force in music, film, news, opinion and music that will create and promote uplifting and empowering experiences in all mediums, much like Dick Clark, Michael Landon and Walt Disney did in the past,” Glenn told the paper.

Glenn's future goals are very much tied to his experiences growing up as reporter Craig Smith explains (story continues after the jump):

In high school, he sang in the concert choir and a smaller jazz choir, said Allan Fox, who graduated with Beck and is pastor of Assembly of God Church in Coulee City, Wash.

He performed magic tricks with friend Bruce Wersen, who became pastor of His Place Church in Burlington, Wash. They marched in a patriotic group -- Beck carried the flag; Wersen played the drum -- and appeared in the 1976 Rose Bowl Parade.

The patriotic group was the brainchild of Beck’s parents.

“Our town was dying. The mall went in, and my folks decided they had to do something,” he recalls. “The bicentennial was coming up — think of it, we lived in Mount Vernon — and the idea was to try to attract shoppers to the downtown.”

Beck sees similarities in his efforts today: “I’m repeating my parents’ life on a bigger scale.”

Glenn explained that one of the things he plans to do in the future is to "promote the mentality of Wilmington", a small town in Ohio that had been devastated when DHL, one of the biggest companies in the area, shutdown their distribution center in Wilmington which led to 10,000 people losing their jobs.

He hosted a Christmas special from Wilmington in December 2009, hoping that the town would serve as a symbol of hope to similar towns across the country. He hopes that other communities will learn that by coming together and helping one another, they can fix themselves without the help of the federal government.

Smith writes, "It’s a project he hopes to repeat across the country, Beck said during a recent visit to Pittsburgh. He announced a nationwide food drive and is looking for other towns trying to 'pull themselves up by the bootstraps.'"

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Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

Watch the video clip below to hear Levin expose the lies and misinformation in Biden's speech and explain why he believes the true message is absolutely chilling for the future of our nation:

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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