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April 2, 2010
Beck’s Star Shines Bright
Recently, KTAR/Phoenix OM Russ Hill posted
the following essay about Premiere Radio
Networks talk host and FOX News Channel
personality Glenn Beck to his personal
website, Written from his
perspective as a radio program director and
fellow Mormon (Beck joined the faith in 1999),
this week Hill shares his Five Reasons Why
Glenn Beck Is Radio’s Brightest Star.
1) Beck is an alcoholic, depressed, khaki wearing, chubby guy:
The bottom line is Beck is normal. In other words, he’s one of us.
Beck shares something in common with Oprah in that he has warts
and isn’t afraid to reveal them. Those of us in media have watched
an amazing trend over the last several years. The era of the polished,
flawless, perfect, fake, Teleprompter-reading media anchorman is
over. Beck clearly gets this.
Other conservative Talk radio icons, like Rush Limbaugh and
Sean Hannity, aren’t as real as Beck. Both keep their audiences
at arm’s length. When Rush had to admit to his prescription pain
killer addiction he barely acknowledged it on air and made sure he
never handled the issue in a way that would allow him to appear
vulnerable to his audience. Rush doesn’t have children. He’s had
three failed marriages. Rush knows these aspects of his personal life
could be unappealing to some conservatives in his audience, so he
avoids them. When you listen to Rush you don’t picture him sitting
next to you, you see him at a podium with a syllabus.
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Hannity is a man dedicated to faith and family. But, neither are
topics you should expect him to dive into too deeply on his radio or
TV show. He keeps his personal life personal and his audience at
a distance. Beck does the opposite. Heck, he’s the guy who made
a home movie and posted it on YouTube of when he almost died
in the hospital. While media executives cringed at the video, his
audience embraced it. When Beck talks of when he considered
suicide, listeners value his risky honesty. When Beck discusses
his challenges in raising his kids, his audience relates. When Beck
talks about his first failed marriage, he connects with millions of
divorced Americans. Beck is real. He’s authentic in an age when
the Internet has convinced media consumers to attach a premium
to real and raw.
2) Beck is ‘one of them Mormons’: Mormons are a loyal
bunch. While millions of them are spread across the U.S., there
are still relatively few in prominent media roles. Those few
end up attracting a very large amount of Mormon viewers and
listeners. Beck knows how to play to the Mormon audience. He
uses phrases and references that people who don’t belong to The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wouldn’t notice, but
that Mormons latch on to. When Beck talks about the Constitution
of the United States hanging by a thread under Barack Obama,
many Mormons believe he’s referencing the LDS prophet Joseph
Smith’s prophecy made in the 1800s. When Beck advocates
storing food in case of emergency he’s supporting a directive
of LDS church leaders. When Beck talks about the evils of
government, he finds an incredibly receptive audience who will
never forget that their government issued an order demanding
the murder of any and all Mormons. My Mormon ancestors were
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That’s the unmistakable gaze of a young Rush Limbaugh back in his
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among those who gave up all their possessions and walked across
these United States to escape a government sanctioned murder
If there’s any doubt of how many Mormons feel about Beck, just
look at who’s delivering sermons in front of thousands of faithful at
Brigham Young University. A few weeks ago I actually heard Beck
quoted from the pulpit on Sunday. That wouldn’t be sanctioned by
the LDS church, but it’s a clear sign of how average Mormons feel
about Beck.
3) Beck is controversial: Beck is a former rock jock who knows the
value of controversy. He knows it’s an easy way to get people to talk
about you. I have met and spent some time talking with Glenn and I
believe his statements that have drawn ire aren’t things he’s made up
for effect. Still, he clearly grasps the need to do or say things often
that will draw attention.
4) Beck is a multi-platform brand: Glenn Beck understood several
years ago that being on multiple media platforms would be critical
to success in this informational age. As talented and smart as Rush
Limbaugh is, he’s not drawing new listeners because he exists on
only one platform: radio. Beck is on radio, TV, stage, movie screens,
books, and the Internet. He excels on all these platforms with the
exception of the Internet. Hopefully his just launched expanded
website is the beginning of a campaign that will include iPhone
and Droid apps, two-way text messaging, expanded Twitter and
Facebook presences, staff character blogging, and creative, digital,
grassroots community contesting and promotion. He could be doing
such a better job of mobilizing his millions of loyal listeners to help
him build his media empire.
5) Beck is a workhorse: I have seen Beck backstage and off mic. In
my office several months ago, I worried he might fall asleep during
our conversation. He’d been on stage the night before in another
state, flown in overnight, hosted his radio show before sunrise, met
with clients after getting off the air, met with me, headed to a TV
station to do his Fox News broadcast, had dinner scheduled with
selected fans and clients, took to the stage that evening in front of
thousands of raving fans, then made his way back to the airport to
depart for his next tour stop.
Beck knows he’s the flavor of the month. He knows he has a
limited window in which his star will be this bright and he intends
to maximize every minute of it. In recent months he’s increased
the size of the staff around him, moved into a larger office space
and delegated more to others. There’s no way he’s going to let this
moment pass without doing all he can to have the most impact
Oh, and I guess I should squeeze in a sixth reason for his success.
Beck’s saying what a whole lot of people are thinking. Those are the
reasons he’s currently radio’s brightest star.
(Russ Hill is the author of this essay and he welcomes comments and
conversation about it at
Al Peterson
[email protected]
Brooke Trissel
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