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“I hope people feel goodness
from my show and accept me
for who I am, flaws and all.” – Glenn Beck
Based in New York City, Glenn Beck is casting a tall shadow
as the next phenomenon of talk radio. The former Top 40 DJ entered
the talk format in 2001 and already his show is broadcast nearly 200
stations nationwide. Millions of listeners are drawn to this
modern-day story teller who is armed with a quick wit, an informed
opinion, and a unique ability to inspire others to experience their
full potential with an open heart. His on-air presence is both
commanding and inviting – a trait he has been refining for the last
started in radio when he was only 13 years old by winning a local
radio contest to be a DJ for an hour. Soon after that auspicious
day, Glenn had three jobs – one at a Christian station, a Rock
station, and a Country station – all of which his parents had to
schlep him to in their home state of Washington. He was fired from
all three jobs – on the same day when he was 14 years old!
After high school graduation, Glenn pursued his career as a Top
40 DJ at stations all over the country. Eventually, he landed an
opportunity in Corpus Christi, Texas, as the youngest morning guy in
the U.S. at 18 years old. His career was soaring and took him to Top
40 morning shows in Baltimore, Houston, Phoenix, Washington, and New
Haven, Conn. He rode the wave of professional success into the 1990s
when things began to change. Today, Glenn points out, “When you have
that kind of success that early in life, it’s easy for you to turn
into a monster. And I did! I was not a good guy.”
At the age of 30, Glenn lost his passion for radio – and
everything else – as alcoholism and drug addiction took him over.
Struggling to find some answers to his problem, Glenn pursued higher
education. Though he was accepted by Yale as a Theology major, he
lasted only one semester, faced with a divorce from his first wife
and separation from his two daughters – the oldest with Cerebral
Palsy. He was emotionally and financially decimated and relegated to
one of the smallest radio markets. The shooting radio star had
fallen to earth.
Finally, he turned to a program of recovery.
Coming to terms with his past and staying sober shifted his life
direction. He found a new love (his second wife, Tania), religion
(he was baptized Mormon in 2000), and a new vision of his career –
he would pursue talk radio.
Soon after his baptism, Glenn received a call from an agent who
was interested in representing him. Days later, he had an offer to
host his own talk radio show on WFLA-AM in Tampa, Florida, forcing
him to move away from his daughters in New Haven. He and Tania
decided to live in Tampa for two years and then, whether Glenn
succeeded or failed, they would move closer to his girls.
He inherited the 18th placed position at WFLA-AM and took it to
the #1 position in his first year, giving the station its highest
ratings ever. Within 18 months, Premiere Radio Networks, the leading
radio syndication company in the country, offered Glenn the
opportunity to go national. In January 2002, The Glenn Beck Program
launched on 47 stations.
He also kept his promise to his daughters and moved the national
show to Philadelphia. The Glenn Beck Program, which airs weekdays
from 9 a.m. to noon ET, is now ranked as the 3rd most listened to
talk show in America among Adults 25-54.
Stu, Executive Producer / Head Writer
Additional information on Stu can
Steve aka Stu was born in Tarrytown, NY on February 9, 1976. He
discovered his love of radio at an early age; and by age five he was
syndicated in the kitchen and den.
He then became completely non-productive for several years,
slacking his way through high school, and forgoing college.
Fortunately, Stu got back on track in 1997. He began working in
radio promotions and finally began interning for The Glenn Beck
Morning Show in 1998. It was here that the beautiful friendship was
forged, and neither Glenn nor Stu would ever be the same.
that year, Stu became the producer of both the morning show and
Glenn's first ever talk show, a venture that the creative brain
trust of Beck and Burguiere aptly dubbed "The Glenn Beck Show." That
was pulled off the air after approximately nineteen glorious
As an executive producer, Stu was responsible for coming up with
new and exciting venues for the host, including: "Cigar Talk: The
Impeachment of Character" (all Clinton scandal all the time) and
"The Journey" (all sobbing all the time). Sadly, Stu cannot take
credit for Glenn's other successful show, "Glenn Beck, Your Home,
and You" which featured Glenn explaining easy and beautiful home
improvement projects for the do-it-yourself-er, involving only spare
clothes hangers, padded toilet seats, rainbow glitter, and excess
Stu worked with Glenn locally on WABC in New York, on WELI in New
Haven (a current Glenn Beck Program affiliate), on the nationally
syndicated show "The Weekend," (on lots of current Glenn Beck
Program affiliates) and on WFLA in Tampa (the mother ship).
Somewhere in there, Stu needed a little (big) break from Glenn,
and decided to take over hosting duties when Glenn left his morning
show in Connecticut.
As to why Stu left his stint in Connecticut, details become
sketchy. Some suggest that Glenn blackmailed Stu with "secret
evidence" in order to bring him back to the world of talk radio; the
more cynical believe that Stu simply sucked so much as a morning
jock that he begged Glenn for his old job back. Still a third group
argues that Stu is just waiting for the opportune time to
"mistakenly" disconnect Glenn's brakes and secure his spot as host
of the show.
But for now, Stu slaves away as the Executive Producer/Head
Writer/Sidekick/Dry Cleaning Picker Upper of the Glenn Beck Program.
He lives in the Philadelphia area, loves really crappy food, and is
married (sorry fellas!!!)
You can reach Stu at
firstname.lastname@example.org or telepathically at mind number
Additional information on Dan can
be found here...
Dan grew up in the rough suburban town of
Clinton, Connecticut, a town just 2 hours away from New York
City. Inspired by his families love for sports and other outdoor
activities, Dan rarely focused on school and instead honed his
skills in baseball, football, basketball, golf and motocross. He
excelled particularly in basketball and golf, as he played both
in high school and then went on to play basketball in college
(although due to excessive partying in college he had a very
lackluster career averaging a pathetic 6.7 points per game).
After narrowly graduating from college Dan
concentrated on one of the only careers dumb jocks can excel in,
broadcasting. But before getting his big break broadcasting, Dan
worked in the communications department of the multi billion
dollar conglomerate Fortune 500 company Taco Bell (drive thru)
to make ends meet. But it wasn’t long before Dan got his break
and worked in one of the most storied sports towns in American
history, Richmond Virginia at Sports Radio WRNL 910. There he
covered big sports franchises like The Richmond Braves (minor
league affiliate of the Atlanta Braves), the Hershey Bears
(minor league hockey) and the Media Softball league featuring
all the local TV stations and their personalities. After a
successful stint in Richmond, Dan moved on to 620 WDAE The
Sports Animal in Tampa, FL and was an on air talent as he called
each host everyday during their shows to be a “guest” for about
:30 seconds to 1 minute per appearance. During his stay in
Florida Dan got married to his stunning wife Tara Schott, now
aptly named Tara Andros. They have no kids but do have a dog
named Simba (yes, they are that pathetic couple you see treating
their dog like its their kid). Simba is the main reason Dan ever
gets up off the couch.
Dan has since moved to Philadelphia to become
the latest member of the Glenn Beck Program. When asked what a
guy with such a passion for sports and sports broadcasting would
even find remotely fun about working for a host (Glenn) who is
sobbing every other day, who is constantly dieting and worrying
about his figure, who is into interior home design, a host who
knows nothing about and who could care less about sports?? Dan
responded by saying, “Nothing, really. But thanks for reminding
me chief, I appreciate it, no really, I do. ”
was born in Clearwater, FL and was raised in
the Tampa Bay area. From an early age he was fascinated with
computers, his first being an Atari 600.
Later he would receive Coleco Adam and then finally a Commodore 64
during his high school years (although it was already the early 90s).
Chris started working with Glenn in December of 2000 in exchange
for promoting his web design company,
NuclearCow.Com. Chris launched his first website for Glenn in January of
2001 with major redesigns of GlennBeck.com in Jan 2002, Jan 2003,
Jan 2004 and November 2005. Chris also launched the Insider website
in August of 2002 with a major redesign in January 2005. From
designing the website to doing daily updates and creating original
content, Chris works with a great deal of freedom and has created
what we believe to be the best website in our business.
Chris has created a host of additional websites related to the
The Jim Dingle
Nerf Hoffelmeyer For Mayor, and
The Big Frog 109.
Chris was also responsible for creating for creating the design
and layout of Fusion Magazine as well as doing the design and layout
for the first 17 issues of the magazine. Chris has seen moved on so
he could spend more time on the Glenn Beck website and with his
While the rest of the show is located in the northeast, Chris
works remotely from his home/office in Tampa Bay area. He has a
degree in Computer Science and graduated in 1995. While attending
school Chris worked at KFC, after graduation he
put his degree to work and became a Kidney Dialysis
Test and Calibration Technician. However he really wanted to work
with computers and get involved with the then emerging internet. In 1996
he began working in an internet support call center where he spent
his free time developing websites. He
sold his first website to a company making pet doors that same year.
Chris later worked for a company called RISCmanagement and while
there he become a Certified Remedy Administrator, a Certified Check
Point FireWall-1 Administrator and as well as a Certified Check
Point FireWall-1 Engineer. He became the
company's webmaster (a position that didn't yet exist) by creating
and then presenting to upper management a 700+ page intranet and internal support
Chris has created a host of personal and business websites, some of
which have been featured or mentioned in Maxim Magazine, The
Washington Post, Yahoo Internet Life Magazine and many more.
Chris Balfe, General
Manager / COO of Mercury Radio Arts
Chris Balfe & Glenn met in the mid 1990’s during Glenn’s morning
radio days. While it was clear that Chris already had a
full-time job, this didn’t stop Glenn from working him 40 hours
a week without pay on all kinds of crazy business and charity
ideas. Somewhere in between Chris telling Glenn that his latest
business idea “sucked really bad”, and Glenn responding by
saying that was just because Chris “wasn’t smart enough to get
it”, they became friends. They continued working together
informally during Chris’s days with management consultancy
Accenture, but finally, in the beginning of 2003, it was time to
make the frightening jump to work with Glenn full-time.
As General Manager for Premiere Radio
Networks, Chris is responsible for development, production,
management, and operations of "The Glenn Beck Program," including
the weekday & weekend radio programs and the subscription,
merchandise, and event businesses.
As COO of Mercury Radio Arts, Chris
is responsible for business development & operations for Mercury,
which includes relationships with Simon & Schuster, Premiere Radio
Networks, SFX, N.S. Bienstock, Broadcast Commerce, TR Miller, and
In his free time, Chris does more
work for Glenn.
Zitzer, Producer of Glenn Beck Weekend
/ Phone Screener
Sarah began her interest in radio at a young age. She enjoyed Top 40
like most young teens, but while her peers were lounging in front of
the TV, she was near a blaring radio making up dance moves and
singing along to some hearty lyrics.
This is why she began her career interning for a popular Top 40/CHR
radio station in her hometown of Philadelphia. Even though she
really enjoyed working for the deeply appreciative Promotions
Department, she was drawn to the Programming side of things.
Sarah was a quick study to the workings of an audio board and was
soon the sole trainer of the newbies. After a short time she began
branching out to other demographics and found herself working for
Within a year of graduating from Temple University with a Bachelor’s
degree in Communications and Spanish she found talk radio. In
particular it was the voice of Glenn Beck that stole her heart.
Thankfully, the Glenn Beck Program saw some sort of potential in
her. (They may realize their mistake in the near future). As the
youngest member of the Glenn Beck Program she knows she has huge
shoes to fill and a group of elderly coworkers to work with who hold
unusually high expectations.
With hard work and delicious baked goods Sarah hopes to make it
through her first year.
She has to send a Thank You “shout out” to her family and friends
for their incredible support and her coworkers for their
Gray, Contributing Editor
In 1990, Glenn found himself in a desperate crunch: four days
before his new program was to air in Baltimore, his writer/producer
backed out. A good friend suggested Pat for the job, warning Glenn
that "you'll love him on the air, but probably hate him as a
person." Glenn did interview Pat and offered him the position -- but
Pat turned it down. However, after careful consideration, and some
"gentle encouragement" (a smack in the head) from his wife, he
accepted. The duo was an immediate hit, and worked together for
years until one of Glenn's many manic moments drove to Salt Lake
City (where Pat's radio show is rated number one). The two remain
best friends and contribute to each other's show on a regular basis.
The secret is out: Pat is the talent behind such personalities as
Bill Rogers, Richard Nibler, and Bob Yohansen.
Known for his role as referee for More-On Trivia, and as the
former engineer for the program, Jeff Fisher, AKA "Jeffy", sabotages
the show whenever possible.
George Hiltzik is an agent with N.S. Bienstock in New York City.
He represents some of the biggest names in radio and television. He
also represents Glenn Beck. Hiltzik’s famous sayings include “this
is all very exciting”, “this is all good”, and “this is all very
good.” Glenn Beck Program staff members spend approximately 35% of
their day on hold waiting for George. While many people find it hard
to believe, Hiltzik is actually a lawyer. Before joining Bienstock,
Hiltzik was a Vice President with NBC. He has been called “The
leading radio agent in the industry,” but we suspect that was said
by a family member.
E. Nunn, Contributing Artist
started working with The Glenn Beck Program in 2004 by designing the
Michael Moore is Fat t-shirt. He has designed many of the
can currently buy at the studio store including
The Big Frog 109.9 and
Screw the Caribou!.
Then, Glenn started Fusion Magazine...
allowing Paul to show off his true artistic potential. He has
contributed art for every issue and designed a handful of covers,
including the one for
July/August 2006. Despite Glenn's constant request, he refuses
to paint him in the nude... but everybody has a price!
Then, Glenn started the television show... and Paul was chosen to
redesign the logo. Replacing the iconic lower 'g' logo was a
daunting task. Glenn rejected about 30 designs and threatened to
remove Paul's 'moneymaker' if he didn't come up with the perfect
design. Suddenly, inspiration hit and Paul designed the current
symbol you see today.
When not working for Glenn and the rest of the gang, Paul is a
professional animator and illustrator of children's books. He lives
in sunny Kenosha, Wisconsin with his wife Amy and their new daughter
Grace. For more info,
please visit his website.