|Launched||September 12, 2011|
|Owned by||Glenn Beck|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
|Slogan||"The Network YOU Are Building"
"The Truth Lives Here"
District of Columbia
|Dish Network||212 & 202 (SD)|
|Available on select cable providers||Check local listings for channel numbers|
TheBlaze is an independent news and entertainment television network and website founded by talk radio personality, and libertarian entrepreneur Glenn Beck. TheBlaze has studios and offices based in Las Colinas, Texas; New York City, Los Angeles, California, and the District of Columbia.
The network is available on regional cable providers throughout the United States, on channels 202 & 212 of the Dish Network, on the Roku Device, on SkyAngel and available internationally on its own online streaming service, which also includes a free digital subscription to a "1791" e-mail account and TheBlaze Magazine. 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 November 17, TheBlaze is available on over 90 television providers, with eleven of those being in the top 25 nationwide.
- 1 History
- 2 The American Dream Labs
- 3 Programs
- 4 Television studios
- 5 Notable personalities
- 6 Additional outlets
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Glenn 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 GlennBeck.com.
On August 31, 2010, three days after his Restoring Honor rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C., 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." 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.
Glenn 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. 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.
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" (a.k.a. Optimum TV – Channel 828), a major cable provider in the "New York metropolitan area" .
In February 2014, Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman at Google and Jared Cohen, the director of Google Ideas were featured on an episode of The Glenn Beck Program to talk about Internet privacy and the success that TheBlaze has had. "People are going to be studying what Glenn did for years and try to replicate it. To have a model where you have Internet and cable companies working together, it's extraordinary," said Schmidt in a behind-the-scenes interview.
The American Dream Labs
"The American Dream Labs" is a place where filmmakers, entrepreneurs, artists and inventors can all come together, and break outside of industry standards. The American Dream Labs worked with TheBlaze and Glenn Beck on the stage/film show Man in the Moon, which told the history of the world from the eyes of the Moon. "Man in the Moon" was met with positive reception, and sold out all of its seats at the nearly 20,000 seated outdoor auditorium that the show was presented at. "Man in the Moon" was released on DVD in September 2013, and premiered on TheBlaze soon after. The American Dream Labs is located in Dallas, Texas.
"If you believe in not only thinking outside the box but in shattering the box all together, you've come to the right place," Glenn Beck stated, "Believe it or not, revolutionizing how the news is delivered and how a network is run is the smallest of our many, many dreams ... I do that knowing that some will mock, others will dismiss. But that's OK. Every era of change has those who are resistant to it and those who like the comfort of the status quo or those who wish to spend their free time or their creative time mocking. It's time to stop worrying about what others are doing and wonder why are we here."
The American Dream Labs is currently developing an American history museum called the Miracles and Massacres Museum, and will feature over $50,000,000 worth of artifacts. The museum is set to open for a limited time on October 10, 2014 and October 11, 2014 at TheBlaze studios in Las Colinas. A "4D experience" is also being developed to go along with the museum, that will simulate the landing on the beaches of Normandy. The exhibit is being built on Stage 33 at TheBlaze studios. "This will be our first 4D experiment. I someday want to build an American history museum, but I want to do it in a way that kids will never forget ... this is going to be the beaches of Normandy. These walls are going to come to life in several different layers so you will feel that you are landing on the beaches of Normandy, in fact the designers have told us that they think it might be a little too intense for small children and combat veterans. We want you to feel like you are in war," said Glenn Beck describing the museum on his show. All proceeds from the museum are going to the Mercury One charity organization.
- The Glenn Beck Radio Program – Live simulcast of Glenn Beck's radio program. The show has attracted more than 10 million viewers/listeners.
- Pat & Stu – Made-for-television radio program, featuring news and commentary from Pat Gray, Stu Burguiere, and Jeff Fisher.
- The Glenn Beck Program – Glenn Beck's daily show where he talks about theology, politics and news
- Dana – Political commentary from Dana Loesch
- Pursuit of the Truth – Reality show competition looking for "the world's next great documentary filmmaker," produced by Peter Billingsley, Vince Vaughn, and Gary Auerbach. Billingsley, additionally, will serve as one of the show's judges.
- For the Record – Laurie Dhue presents weekly investigative news magazine with "no political agenda and nothing to lose." Show will air four times during Spring 2013 and will air weekly during Fall 2013 season.:
- Liberty Treehouse- Raj Nair and Lu Hanessian focused on education and younger audiences.
- Hot Shots – Reality television program that follows professional and amateur shooters on and off a gun range.
- 3-Gun Nation – Reality show competition where professional and amateur shooters compete in a 3-Gun contest for the grand prize of $50,000.
- The Wonderful World of Stu – Political satire presented by Stu Burguiere, focused primarily on promoting Libertarian principles while also poking fun at progressives and heavy government regulation.
- Honey Brake Experience – Gives viewers an insiders look at the challenges of the hunt and life at the Honey Brake Lodge.
Future Shows and Films
- History House – A soon to be launched television show being produced by Beck's "American Dream Labs" at the Mercury Studios in Las Colinas, featuring characters such as Johnny Appleseed and Bookworm, telling the "greatest tales ever told".
- The Revolutionary – Currently in production at the American Dream Labs
- Voltage: Tesla, Edison, Westinghouse – In production; tells the tale of the conflict between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison
- Immortal – A planned film, featuring a emotionally broken Saint Nicholas meeting the Christ
- Building America – a television series about the building of America, hosted and narrated by Mike Rowe
TheBlaze headquarters is located in Dallas, Texas at the studios at Las Colinas, where feature films Robocop and JFK, and television series Walker, Texas Ranger and Prison Break were filmed. TheBlaze has taken over the entire complex, where it currently operates production studios, a global newsroom, and also houses The American Dream Labs.
- Mercury Studio A: This studio is where the majority of shows are filmed, including The Glenn Beck Radio Program, Pat & Stu, The Glenn Beck Program, and The Wonderful World of Stu. The studio is decorated as a museum of American history, with a replica of the Oval Office (using props left over from the production of the feature film JFK) that includes a full-scale Resolute Desk, a carpet bearing the Seal of the President, and decorations modeling the real office. The studio also houses some of Glenn's favorite historical keepsakes, including Walt Disney's original blueprint and plans for Disneyland and the portrait of George Washington praying at Valley Forge. This studio is also the home of The American Dream Labs, though the actual working lab is hidden from the view of television cameras.
- Mercury Studio C: The original studio for production of The Glenn Beck Program, this studio is currently used for Dana
The network also has a studio and global newsroom in New York City, where Real News and Liberty Treehouse are produced and, for prerecorded shows, filmed. The studio is also home of radio program The Buck Sexton Show that airs on Saturdays.
The studios in Las Colinas are open to all TheBlaze employees when shows are not being filmed.
Correspondents, contributors, and substitute hosts
Regular and notable guests
- David Barton, Christian author and historian
- Penn Jillette, libertarian/atheist author, magician, and comedian
- Lis Wiehl, lawyer and author
- Mike Rowe, entrepreneur
- Sean Hannity, radio and television host
- Mark Levin, radio host
- Rabbi Daniel Lapin, radio host, author
- Andrew W.K., singer-songwriter and motivational speaker
- Phil Robertson, Christian, professional hunter and star of Duck Dynasty
- Ted Nugent, hard rock musician and board member for the National Rifle Association
- Prince Ea, rapper and activist
- Bill O'Reilly, political commentator and host of The O'Reilly Factor
- Marcus Luttrell, US Navy SEAL who received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his actions in facing Taliban fighters during Operation Red Wings.
- Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google
- Jonathan Rosenberg, advisor to Google CEO Larry Page
- Peter Thiel, libertarian entrepreneur/founder of PayPal
- Pat Sajak, host of Wheel of Fortune
TheBlaze Radio Network was launched on September 5, 2012 and is available on SiriusXM internet radio channel 778 and for free via online streaming at TheBlaze.com/Radio, as well via the company's iOS app, and ClearChannel's iHeartRadio app. TheBlaze Radio Network is the exclusive home of popular conservative talk-show hosts Jay Severin and Doc Thompson. Starting in 2013, it began producing and operating TheBlaze Radio News, providing news updates at the top of each programming hour on the SiriusXM channel SiriusXM Patriot.
- The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson
- The Glenn Beck Radio Program
- The Buck Sexton Show
- Jay Severin
- Pat & Stu
- The Jeff Fisher Show
- Pure Opelka
- The Chris Salcedo Show
- The Mike Slater Show
- The Weekend with Joe Pags
- Handel on the Law
- Gun Talk
- Hollywood 360
|Slogan||"The truth has no agenda."|
Type of site
|News and opinion|
|Owner||Mercury Radio Arts (Glenn Beck)|
|Created by||Glenn Beck
Betsy Morgan, president
Scott Baker, editor-in-chief
|Launched||August 31, 2010|
|689 (October 2014[update])|
TheBlaze website launched on August 31, 2010. According to Beck, the site took two months to design. 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 The Blaze later included S. E. Cupp, David Harsanyi and Billy Hallowell.
On its opening morning, the site featured advertisements for Dick Armey's new book and for Goldline International, 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. 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."
Mercury Ink, partners with book publishing giant Simon & Schuster, is the publishing imprint of Mercury Radio Arts. 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.
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