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

Read the full profile from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review HERE

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.'"

Read the full profile HERE

It's been a tough year, America. Our news media is inundating us with images of destruction, violence, and division in attempts not only to desecrate our nation, but to make us turn our backs on it. That's why now, more than ever, we need to take an up-close look at America's history to remember what it is we're fighting for and how to fight for it with practical action.

Join Glenn Beck, broadcasting from Standing Rock Ranch, as he takes us to Plymouth, Gettysburg, and Federal Hall on an important journey through America's remarkable history to inspire a brighter future. Glenn asks the hard questions of every American. Is this system worth saving? Is there a better way? Where do we go from here, and how do we answer those questions?

Featuring performances from the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, David Osmond, a very special children's choir, and guests Bob Woodson, Tim Ballard, David Barton, Burgess Owens, Kathy Barnette, Anna Paulina Luna, and Tim Barton.

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"Restoring Hope" has been a labor of love for Glenn and his team and tonight is the night! "Restoring the Covenant" was supposed to take place in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. but thanks to COVID-19, that plan had to be scrapped. "Restoring Hope" is what was left after having to scrap nearly two years of planning. The Herald Journal in Idaho detailed what the event was supposed to be and what it turned into. Check out the article below to get all the details.

Glenn Beck discusses patriotic, religious program filmed at Idaho ranch

On July 2, commentator Glenn Beck and his partners will issue a challenge from Beck's corner of Franklin County to anyone who will listen: "Learn the truth, commit to the truth, then act on the truth."

Over the last few weeks, he has brought about 1,000 people to his ranch to record different portions of the program that accompanies the challenge. On June 19, about 400 members of the Millennial Choir and Orchestra met at West Side High School before boarding WSSD buses to travel to a still spring-green section of Beck's ranch to record their portion of the program.

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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