Why does Glenn feel sorry for Alec Baldwin?

On radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Stu somehow got on the topic of Alec Baldwin and an old video that immortalizes his rough talk radio audition. Baldwin was filling in on a local radio program in Philadelphia a few years ago, and he learned the hard way that filling a couple hours of airtime on radio is not as easy as it may seem.

Listening to Baldwin flounder through just a couple edited minutes of tape, Glenn couldn’t help but feel bad for the guy. Glenn explained that talk radio has proven to be the most difficult job he has ever held.

“I've done hard work, and I've never worked this hard in my life,” Glenn said of his early days in talk radio. “People don't know how hard it is – and that's coming from a guy who is in radio… I did morning radio morning forever. Talk radio is 1,000 times harder than anything I ever did. So I want to make Alec Baldwin feel a little better about his stumbling.”

That led Glenn to share a story from his early days in talk radio that may very well have been – by his own admission – one of the worst hours of broadcast in radio history.

As Glenn explained, he was doing a show on WABC in New York at the time, and Stu was one of his producers. They had meticulously planned out every minute of the show, so Glenn would know exactly what to say and when to say it.

The only problem?

Glenn and Stu apparently didn’t realize how much airtime they had to fill.

“I walk in and I'm prepped for every single word, and I'm ready to go… At the end of the hour I said, ‘All right. See you next time. WABC New York.,’” Glenn explained. “And I'm unplugging my headphones and the producer says, in my ear, ‘Whoa whoa, you got another hour.’”

Needless to say, Glenn was not prepared for another hour of radio, and his lack of experience at the time made the prospect of going off-the-cuff particularly daunting. They came up the idea of pitching a topic that would rile people up so they would call in, and Glenn would play devil’s advocate for the hour.

At the time, the story of Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson was in the news, so Glenn came back at the top of the hour and laid out a rather incendiary case.

“I said something like: In those days Thomas Jefferson having sex with a slave is like having sex with a chair. He owned it. What’s the difference? That's the way he looked at it,” Glenn explained. “I was just grasping at straws. And I said, ‘Here's the number for WABC, blah, blah, blah.’”

It seemed as though Glenn had dodged a bullet as the calls began to pour in. After coming back from a quick break, Glenn went to speak to the first caller and the unthinkable happened – the phones failed and all the calls dropped.

“I'm about to say, ‘WABC, go ahead,’ and all the lines drop – every one of them. The phone screen was completely blank,” Glenn recalled. “So we're like 12 minutes into an hour and all of the phones crashed. And I had an Alec Baldwin moment… The whole hour, no phones.”

As Glenn remembers it, he somehow got through several segments before the final few minutes of the hour were upon him. At that point, he had all but given up.

“I was reading a book on the train to New York, and it was dog-eared from where I was reading,” Glenn said. “I saw that book sitting on my desk, so I said, ‘On the way in I was reading this book. And I want to share something with you that I found.’ I literally opened it up to the dog-eared page… There was nothing in there, but I tried to make it sound like there was something important in this book.”

“I looked at the clock and I was thinking, ‘How many paragraphs do I have to read?’ And that clock was just like, tick, tick,” he continued. “And I'm like, ‘You know what? That's all I have time. I think you'll have to take it from there…’ I was dying.”

Ultimately, that day – while embarrassing – proved to be one of the biggest teachable moments of his career.

“I learned my lesson in talk radio,” Glenn concluded. “You better be prepared for absolutely anything.”

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck noted how big banks are currently making moves — in an effort to maintain their profits despite the declining rate of loans — that have never been done before.

But what does their unprecedented action mean for the economy? How is big government contributing to it all? And what does it mean for YOUR savings?

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Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin is facing several charges for his role in the death of George Floyd. But attorney Andrew Branca, who specializes in self-defense law, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain exactly what must be proven in order for those charges to stand.

Did Chauvin act reasonably in the context of the entire situation? Were his actions directly responsible for Floyd's death, or could it be blamed on factors beyond Chauvin's control?

Branca also argued that the prosecutor committed misconduct serious enough for a potential appeal, how political tension makes it "impossible" for a fair trial, why he would vote not guilty, and what sentence Chauvin is facing if the actual jury disagrees.

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From food and job shortages to the prices of building materials "skyrocketing," the world is currently moving into what could be the "perfect storm" for politicians to push for a universal basic income, explained Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"We really need to look at the economy and be prepared for what is coming," Glenn said. "I feel like my job is to warn you of the things that are coming and, when I can, give you ways to navigate around. But at least so you can hear the warning and decide yourself what you're going to do with that."

Glenn explained that now, for the first time, there is a shortage of starter homes and building supplies just as increasing numbers of millennials are in the market. Also, analysts are predicting that shortages of food items and products such as pork, polystyrene, and chlorine could send prices soaring. Then there's the matter of unemployment, kicked off by the COVID-19 pandemic and likely to worsen because of the technological revolution, there are going to be fewer and fewer jobs for people to do.

"We are creating this perfect storm, right now, where universal basic income is going to be embraced by people," Glenn warned. "It's just this nasty cycle that we're beginning, and we're watching it unfold right in front of us."

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More than 100 business leaders and CEOs from some of the world's largest corporations recently met during a Zoom meeting to discuss how they can band together to fight "election integrity laws," like the voting law recently passed in Georgia.

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck explained how this government-corporation partnership is not only proof of fascism, but it is also demonstrative of how our lives will be under The Great Reset: government and large corporations will work together to set the rules, and the freedoms of the individual American will be squashed.

"I want you to understand ... everything that they have ever said about, 'oh, it's a conspiracy theory' about The Great Reset, you can throw that in the garbage now," Glenn began. "Something happened this weekend that is absolutely unprecedented. I have done this job, for ... I don't even know how many years, almost 50 years, and I've never seen anything like this.

"People that were on the [Zoom] call, they talked about potential ways to show how they opposed the legislation, including ... delaying investments in states. That's blackmail," Glenn continued.

"So these corporations, they're going to act as a — what? A secondary government? ... I don't know. I didn't elect the CEO of Merck. Did you?" he said.

"Corporations [are] openly meeting and coordinating efforts to change laws," Glenn added. "This is fascism, guys! Fascism is when government and corporations work hand in hand. That is fascism."

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