Audience demand for their TV providers to add TheBlaze TV to their channel lineup is at a tremendous level just a few days into the "Get TheBlaze" campaign, according to the marketing company overseeing the push.
TheBlaze audience has put in 105,565 minutes -- about 1,700 hours -- on the phone with their distributors since the grassroots campaign launched Monday. That's the equivalent of viewing 491 Oscar telecasts. In the first days of the campaign, TheBlaze received more than 200,000 inquiries via email, a telephone hotline and its GetTheBlaze.com web site.
"The support for Glenn Beck's TheBlaze has been the largest we've seen for a new network in 10 years," K2 Marketing CEO Bill Faunce said in a statement. K2 Marketing logs the amount of phone time on 1-800-996-2529, which connects people with their TV providers.
TheBlaze TV is currently only available online or through satellite TV provider Dish Network, but "Get TheBlaze" is seeking to directly connect the audience with their distributors so they can ask that TheBlaze be added.
On Facebook, users have inundated DirecTV's page with comments demanding TheBlaze. In just one day, DirecTV went from replying that it had "no plans to add" TheBlaze to having "every intention of evaluating" customer interest.
Darris Gringeri, vice president of public relations at DirecTV, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about their future plans to offer TheBlaze.
Maureen Huff, vice president of public relations at Time Warner Cable told TheBlaze adding it is not something they're currently looking at, but they are "constantly evaluating new networks."
Two representatives from Comcast did not immediately return requests for comment.