TheBlaze logo as of 2017
|Launched||September 12, 2011|
|Owned by||Mercury Radio Arts|
|Available on select cable providers||Check local listings for channel numbers|
TheBlaze is an American conservative news and entertainment network available on television, radio, and the Internet that was founded by talk radio personality Glenn Beck, based in Irving, Texas. TheBlaze has studios and offices based in the Las Colinas urban district in Irving 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 more than 100 television providers, with eleven of those being in the top 25 nationwide.
- 1 History
- 2 Programs
- 3 Credibility
- 4 Television studios
- 5 Notable personalities
- 6 Additional outlets
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Beck spawned Mercury Radio Arts in 2002, naming it after the 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, D.C., Beck launched the 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.
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 (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 (also known as Optimum TV – Channel 828), a major cable provider in the New York metropolitan area.
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. 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.
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; this offer was not accepted.
On August 31, 2017, TheBlaze laid off nearly 60 employees, which cut its personnel by almost 30%.
On June 20, 2018, TheBlaze website announced that it would be shutting down the comments section of its website effective 6/24/18 citing that; over the past several years, most of the discussion about its stories had moved to social media and that they wanted to better focus on engaging with their readers on Facebook and Twitter.
On June 24, 2018, Midnight (EST) TheBlaze's comment section went offline.
Notable daily programs
|Program||Host||Time (Eastern)||Notes||Original Run|
|The Glenn Beck Program (stylized glenn RADIO on TV)||Glenn Beck
|9 AM–Noon||Live – Video simulcast of the Premiere Networks radio program||2001 – present|
|Pat Gray Unleashed||Pat Gray||Noon–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||5–5:30 PM||Television-exclusive program; a continuation of Beck's previous television shows that had aired on Headline News until 2008 and Fox News Channel until 2011, renamed Glenn in 2016||2006 – present|
Notable weekly shows
- For the Record – an investigative documentary series
- The Wonderful World of Stu – political satire presented by Stu Burguiere, focused primarily on promoting Libertarian principles while also poking fun at progressives and government regulation
The Blaze has reported that the National Rifle Association was founded to protect African Americans from the Ku Klux Klan. Snopes assessed the claim and found that, while not impossible given that many of its founders were associated with the Union Army during the American Civil War, there was no support for the claim that it was one of the NRA's direct goals; improving marksmanship was the organization's initial mission.
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. 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.
Program hosts for television 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 (host)
- Sara Gonzales - The News and Why It Matters (host)
- David Barton
- Steven Crowder – Host of Louder with Crowder on Conservative Review
- Ben Shapiro – Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire and host of The Ben Shapiro Show
- Dennis Prager - Founder of PragerU and political commentator
- Rand Paul – United States senator from Kentucky and 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
- Mark Levin – Editor-in-chief of Conservative Review and host of The Mark Levin Show (syndicated radio program) and Levin TV (show on CRTV)
- Mike Lee - United States senator from Utah
- Ben Sasse - United States senator from Nebraska
- John W. Whitehead
- Bill O'Reilly – Former television host of The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, and host of No Spin News
- Ted Cruz - U.S. Senator from Texas
Former hosts and contributors
- Laurie Dhue – Blaze News anchor
- S. E. Cupp – Real News
- Andrew WK – America WK
- Jay Severin – The Jay Severin Show
- Dana Loesch – Dana (2013–17)
- Tomi Lahren
|Broadcast area||Worldwide via Internet streaming and smartphone apps|
|Frequency||Internet (iHeartRadio, TheBlaze apps, web)|
|First air date||September 5, 2012|
|Format||Conservative libertarian talk radio|
|Class||Internet radio station|
Mercury Radio Arts|
TheBlaze Radio Network was launched on September 5, 2012 and is available 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.
Type of site
|News and opinion|
|Owner||Mercury Radio Arts (Glenn Beck)|
|Launched||August 26, 2010|
TheBlaze website launched on August 26, 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 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, 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."
Visits to the website declined from 21.5 million unique visitors in March 2014 to 8 million in February 2017.
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. 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.
TheBlaze (entitled 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. The magazine was sixteen pages and was published monthly except for February and August. It was available digitally and in print. The last edition of TheBlaze magazine was published in April 2015.
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