Christopher Balfe Promoted to President and COO of Mercury Radio Arts

Oversees All Glenn Beck Related Properties Including Third Highest Rated Radio Program in America, Leading Cable News Show and #1 New York Times Bestselling Books


 


 NEW YORK, NY (January 8th, 2008) –Christopher Balfe has been appointed President and COO of Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s multi-media production company. Balfe previously served as General Manager and COO and has spearheaded the company’s growth and expansion into television, book and magazine publishing, new media and live stage shows. The announcement was made today by Glenn Beck.


 


 Balfe will continue to manage the day to day operations for all Glenn Beck related properties including his nationally syndicated radio program, top-rated show on Headline News, New York Times bestselling books, pioneering stage tour business, destination website and leading consumer magazine. In 2007, Balfe drove Mercury’s growth by helping extend Beck’s contract with Premiere Radio Networks to continue broadcasting “The Glenn Beck Program” through 2012 on nearly 300 radio affiliates and by helping publish the recent #1 New York Times bestseller, "An Inconvenient Book."


 


 In announcing the promotion, Glenn Beck said: “When Chris first joined me, I would have been lucky to sell my company for a pack of gum. Through his insight, stability, and business prowess that no entertainment company has seen since Roy O. Disney, our little company has grown into a multi-million dollar content production powerhouse. And the best part is, we’re just getting started.”


 


 Balfe said: “It is an incredible privilege to work for someone as talented, passionate and entertaining as Glenn. Even more rare, however, is to work with someone you trust and respect as much as I do Glenn. We have enjoyed tremendous success and I look forward to continuing to build on our momentum in the years to come.”


 


 Balfe joined Glenn at Mercury Radio Arts in 2003 as the second employee and has grown Mercury into a multi-media enterprise that has achieved a compound annual growth rate of 67% over the last 5 years. Mercury’s leading productions include: “The Glenn Beck Program,” the third highest rated radio show in America, (source: Adults 25-54/Premiere Radio Research/Arbitron Nationwide Spring 2007 data); “Glenn Beck” on Headline News; Beck’s acclaimed New York Times bestselling books “The Real America” and “An Inconvenient Book”; “Fusion,” a monthly magazine that boasts tens of thousands of subscribers; Beck’s live stage shows, which have been seen by more than 120,000 people, and GlennBeck.com which receives over 5 million unique visitors a month. He also manages Mercury’s relationships with such leading media companies as Premiere, CNN and Simon & Schuster.


 


 Prior to joining Mercury, Balfe was a Sr. Consultant with the management consulting firm Accenture. Balfe first met Glenn in 1996 when Beck was doing Mornings as KC101 in New Haven, CT.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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