It's a rare gift when friendships stretch on for decades. Rarer still when those friendships started off as nothing more than business acquaintances. But that's the story with some of the most popular radio hosts in the country: Glenn Beck, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere.
Pat and Stu, who co-host Beck's morning radio show and have their own directly following on TheBlaze Radio Network, hosted a question and answer session Thursday morning as part of the "Man in the Moon" speaker series. In it, they revealed a few interesting facts about Glenn Beck and the inner-workings of their relationships that you may not have known before.
1) Stu began as an intern when, in Stu's words, "Glenn was at the very bottom of his career." Apparently Beck would routinely show up between 5 and 30 minutes late for his own show, assuming the young intern would be in on time.
Stu described how, not sure of what to do, he would play a song (6:00), another song (6:04), and another, and another, and another, desperately breaking to commercial at 6:30 without Beck actually having arrived to host his own show.
Stu said It's strange to think about now, since now Beck is such an "insanely hard worker." But back then "he was the worst," Stu added.
2) One time Beck decided to change his talk radio program to a country music station, without ever consulting management. He apparently spent a fortune on rebranding the station, and got away with it for a brief amount of time.
Imagine tuning in, Stu said, but there's "no Rush Limbaugh, no Sean Hannity... Just Toby Keith."
3) The guys used to have a "game," but really it was just them doing "stupid things," Pat and Stu said, where they would have a "Shannon weekend." It entailed playing the most annoying song they knew, "Shannon," over and over again for about three quarters of the show.
4) For those of you familiar with Pat's driving record, you might be amused to know that he was pulled over last night on the way back to the hotel.
5) Beck is already planning Groundhog Day 2027...
That's not totally true, but when asked about the most rewarding and frustrating part of their jobs, both Pat and Stu cited the "17,000 ideas per second" Beck seems to have in his head, and their various efforts to execute them. But most frustrating -- particularly just before a multi-million dollar event like Man in the Moon -- is when Beck begins planning the music for Independence Day 2015 just before they go live on radio to discuss this year's event (true story).
"Groundhog Day 2027 is going to be really special..." Pat said, mocking his boss. "Where his shadow is, I'm going to build the sun..."