TheBlaze is an American conservative multiplatform news and entertainment network available on television, radio, and the Internet founded by talk radio personality and entrepreneur Glenn Beck, based in Irving, Texas. TheBlaze has studios and offices based in the Las Colinas urban district in Irving, Texas and Los Angeles.

The network is available on regional cable providers throughout the United States, on Verizon Fios channel 112, on Dish Network channel 212, on the Roku Device, on Sling TV, and is available internationally on its own online streaming service. The live audio stream is available on iHeartRadio and both the audio stream and live television stream are available on TheBlaze app, which is on the iPhone and on Android through Google Play.

As of December 30, 2014, TheBlaze was available on over 100 television providers, with eleven of those being in the top 25 nationwide. [13]

History

Beck spawned Mercury Radio Arts in 2002, naming it after Orson Welles' seminal Mercury Theatre, which produced live theatrical broadcasts during the 1930s. The company produces all of Beck's productions, including his eponymous radio show, books, and live stage shows, and his official website.

On August 31, 2010, three days after his Restoring Honor rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, Beck launched TheBlaze website, describing it as an alternative to "mainstream media outlets", which he said are "distorting facts to fit rigid agendas," he said TheBlaze will feature "breaking news, original reporting, insightful opinions and engaging videos about the stories that matter most" and that "we will examine our culture, deal with matters of faith and family, and we won't be afraid of a history lesson." [5] The site was reportedly modeled after The Huffington Post , and has been compared accordingly by Matt DeLong of the Washington Post and Steve Krakauer of Mediaite .

Beck announced the creation of an online-only network that would replace Insider Extreme as a result of his Fox News departure on June 7, 2011. On September 12, 2011, Beck launched GBTV (acronymous for Glenn Beck TV) as an exclusive internet streaming network, produced and operated by Mercury Radio Arts. GBTV would air a television adaptation of his radio show, his television show, and other original programming, including Real News from TheBlaze , a nightly news program hosted by former CNN personality Amy Holmes. [7] On June 18, 2012, Mercury Radio Arts announced the consolidation of all of its outlets under the "TheBlaze" brand, thus renaming the internet television station from GBTV to TheBlaze. [2]

In 2012, Dish Network placed TheBlaze on its channel lineup. As a result of the "Get TheBlaze" campaign (a movement led by supporters to have other supporters call their cable or satellite television provider and ask them to carry the channel), several smaller, regional cable operators also have recently picked up TheBlaze—including Cablevision (also known as Optimum TV – Channel 828), a major cable provider in the New York metropolitan area. [3] [4]

Betsy Morgan was named CEO of TheBlaze on December 9, 2014, replacing Chris Balfe, who had been CEO since the beginning. Morgan left the company on in June 2015. [13] Chief Revenue Officer Kraig Kitchin replaced Morgan until he resigned in January 2016, taking the position of Interim Head of Sales and being replaced by Stewart Padveen, a digital startup entrepreneur, who resigned in February 2017, after completing a successful turnaround year at TheBlaze, launching a new OTT & CMS platform, innovative new monetization opportunities, highly popular new digital content, expanded distribution and doubling TheBlaze's audience size. Beck took over as CEO of the company in May 2017. [13]

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Beck sent an open letter to the Republican National Convention, requesting permission for TheBlaze to host the ninth and final Republican presidential debate.

On August 31, 2017, TheBlaze laid off nearly 60 employees which drastically cut its personnel by almost 30%. [13]

On October 1, 2017, Suddenlink Communications said that it will no longer carry TheBlaze on its channel lineup.

Programs

Daily Programs

Program Host Time (Eastern) Notes Original Run
The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson Doc Thompson 6 AM – 9 AM Live – Video simulcast of TheBlaze Radio Network program. 2013–present
The Glenn Beck Program (stylized glenn RADIO on TV) Glenn Beck
Stu Burguiere
9 AM – 12 PM Live – Video simulcast of the Premiere Networks radio program. 2000–present
Pat Gray Unleashed Pat Gray 12 PM – 3 PM Live – Video simulcast of TheBlaze Radio Network radio program starring Glenn's best friend and former radio co-host Pat Gray 2017–present
Glenn (stylized glenn TV ) Glenn Beck 5 PM – 5:30 PM Television-exclusive program. A continuation of Beck's previous TV shows that had aired on Headline News and Fox News Channel until 2011. Renamed Glenn in 2016. 2006–present

Notable weekly shows

Television studios

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The Mercury Studios Building, which houses the main studios and offices for Mercury Radio Arts

TheBlaze headquarters is located in Irving, Texas at the Mercury Studios (formerly the Studios at Las Colinas), where feature films Robocop and JFK , and television series Walker, Texas Ranger and Prison Break were filmed. [13] Mercury Radio Arts has taken over the entire complex, where it currently operates production studios, a global newsroom, and also houses Mercury Productions.

Mercury Radio Arts, owned and operated by Beck, operates all of its properties from the complex, including TheBlaze, Mercury Productions, Mercury Ink publishing, 1791 Supply & Co., Real Estate Agents I Trust, and the Mercury One charity organization.

Notable personalities

Program hosts for TV and radio

  • Glenn Beck Glenn TV (host), Glenn Radio (host)
  • Stu Burguiere Glenn Radio (co-host/executive producer), The Wonderful World of Stu (host), Glenn TV (executive producer)
  • Pat Gray Pat Gray Unleashed (host), Glenn Radio (recurring regular and frequent fill-in host)
  • Doc Thompson - The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson (host), fill-in host for Glenn Radio and various Blaze TV programs

Frequent guests

Former hosts and contributors

Additional outlets

Radio

TheBlaze Radio Network was launched on September 5, 2012 and is available on for free online via the company's website, iOS and Android apps and the iHeartRadio app. TheBlaze Radio Network is the exclusive home of conservative talk-show hosts Pat Gray and Doc Thompson.

Online

TheBlaze website launched on August 26, 2010. According to Beck, the site took two months to design. [5] At launch, the site's chief editor was Scott Baker, with its associate editor/video producer Pam Key and with Jon Seidl and Meredith Jessup as reporters. Key is known for her blog, Naked Emperor News: Smoking Gun Video and Images. Baker is a former Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, broadcast journalist who previously worked at The Huffington Post and Breitbart TV. Seidl, of the Manhattan Institute, previously worked at the American Spectator. Jessup previously worked at Townhall.com. Journalists joining TheBlaze later included S. E. Cupp and David Harsanyi.

On its opening morning, the site featured advertisements for Dick Armey's new book and for Goldline International, [5] and its lead story dealt with allegations that Education Secretary Arne Duncan encouraged Education Department employees to attend Al Sharpton's counter-rally in Washington, which took place on the same day as the Restoring Honor rally and at which Duncan spoke. [14] Another story, criticizing Feisal Abdul Rauf, featured the headline "Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the Ground Zero mosque, claims to be a Jew, Christian, and a Muslim. But some say that's impossible." [15]

In January 2011, Betsy Morgan became president and Kraig Kitchin director of sales. Morgan had helmed the Huffington Post until 2009. Kitchin had formerly been the president of Premier Radio. [13]

In March 2011, the site was noted for its critique of James O'Keefe's NPR sting video. [13]

Visits to the website declined from 21.5 unique visitors in March 2014 to 8 million in February 2017. [35]

Books

Mercury Ink is a co-publishing deal with Simon & Schuster and was founded by Glenn Beck in 2011 as the publishing imprint of Mercury Radio Arts. [36] Started in 2011, Mercury Ink publishes adult and young adult novels and non-fiction titles. Including books written by Glenn Beck, authors signed to Mercury Ink include New York Times best seller Richard Paul Evans.

Magazine

TheBlaze (titled Fusion prior to September 2012) was a monthly news magazine published by Mercury Radio Arts and TheBlaze in New York City and circulated throughout the United States. Its former title, Fusion , was taken from Beck's talk radio program's slogan, "The Fusion of Entertainment and Enlightenment." The editor in chief was Scott Baker. [20] The magazine was sixteen pages and was published monthly except for February and August. It was available digitally and in print. [24] The last edition of TheBlaze magazine was published in April 2015.