A doctorate in radio

When I was first introduced to Doc Thompson in the 90s, we were support players at Majic 105 in Cleveland, and he seemed genuinely thrilled to meet me. He said he had listened to me "as a kid", which I thought was funny because he had such a youthful look even then, which he never lost. I believed he really was one of the few people who heard me do mornings at a suburban Cleveland signal the previous decade because he made radio his business. He needed to know everything and everyone who was on radio at all times. It was deep in his DNA.

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At a time when a whole crew of us was trying to get a larger piece of the sheer luxury of waking into the number one station in Cleveland, Doc just stepped up and forged a connection with the top dog: John Lanigan; a guy who was at that time in the middle of an insane local run atop all other Cleveland morning shows. While most of us couldn't get two words out of Lanigan, Doc became his producer and confidante. They spoke the same language. They shared the pedigree of fierce independence and greatness.

Doc took a thing that was number one and actually made it better. He opened the show to a whole younger crowd. He was full of ideas for promotions and bits. He was a blast to be around. Also, he opened Lanigan's show to contributors who never would have had a chance to get their bit on the air, me among them. The thrill of hearing my song parody on Lanigan's show was thanks to Doc.

Later Doc became a program director and talk radio host. He talked to me several times about coming on board with him in places like, I believe, Dothan AL and Richmond VA. We never did wind up working together again. His star rose steadily. He worked for quite some time alongside Glen Beck amongst others. That's how good he was.

The industry changed. The industry became smaller. Doc never did.

The industry changed. The industry became smaller. Doc never did. While everybody, me included, was getting out (I decided to go to medical school and am just finishing up now) Doc went full tilt at the radio windmill.

They say he was run over by a train. Makes zero sense. Unless…you take into account that he had his ear buds on and was engrossed in radio to the point that he did not hear an oncoming train. Metaphorically that's the train that all the cowards like me got out of radio to avoid, but to Doc radio was his world and always would be.

Very soon I am going to be a physician and people will call me Doctor. But I want to tell all you good people that I was privileged to know and work with a man who earned a doctorate in radio.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere reacted to a recent Washington Post op-ed in which the author, Ron Charles, suggests that "as Confederate statues finally tumble across America, [and] television networks are marching through their catalogues looking to take down racially offensive content," perhaps the next items that should be up on the cancel-culture chopping block are "problematic books."

"Monuments celebrating racist traitors, which were erected to fabricate history and terrify black Americans, are not works of art that deserve our respect or preservation. Similarly, scenes of modern-day white comedians reenacting minstrel-show caricatures are not ironical interrogations of racism that we have to stomach any longer. But complex works of literature are large, they contain multitudes," Charles wrote.

He goes on to argue that "calibrating our Racism Detector to spot only a few obvious sins" is but an insidious source of self-satisfaction when compared to the process of critical debate on the values and intentions of history's literary legends.

"If cancel culture has a weakness, it's that it risks short-circuiting the process of critical engagement that leads to our enlightenment," Charles wrote. "Scanning videos for blackface or searching text files for the n-word is so much easier than contending with, say, the systemic tokenism of TV rom-coms or the unbearable whiteness of Jane Austen."

Could cancel culture really spiral all the way down to book burning? In the clip below, Glenn, Pat, and Stu agreed that this radical progressive movement is really about erasing America's history and overturning the foundation of our country. The fundamental transformation of America is happening now.

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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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