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.

Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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Joe Biden's administration is getting ready for something historic, but we're all being distracted. And now that Biden has hired at least 14 former or current executives from Big Tech — experts at colluding to censor unflattering news about Biden — Americans must be laser-focused on what's coming.

On January 20, the most corrupt president in American history will be inaugurated, and it looks like some of his cabinet choices were picked specifically so everything just – poof – goes away. The administration nominees appear to be all about preserving corruption, crony capitalism, and executing a Great Reset. Those same people also have one more thing in common: Ukraine.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn exposes their radical agenda in their own words and gives U.S. senators the questions they must ask before confirming corrupt nominees to some of the highest offices in the country.


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