Talk Radio's Andrew Wilkow to Host Show on Glenn Beck's Online Network


Sirius XM Radio personality Andrew Wilkow will star in his own show on Glenn Beck’s GBTV, the parties said Tuesday.

Wilkow, a libertarian-conservative who cites philosopher Ayn Rand and economist F.A. Hayek as inspiration, will join Beck’s online TV network later this summer and host an hour-long show that doesn’t yet have a title.

Wilkow, once named one of talk radio’s up-and-coming “young guns” by The Hollywood Reporter, will keep his three-hour weekday show on Sirius XM.

GBTV, which is undergoing a brand change to TheBlaze, will stream 35 hours of original programming each week when Wilkow’s show is added. It will become the eighth show on the network’s lineup, and more are in the works. All of the programming, including a reality show called Independence USA and a kid’s show dubbed Liberty Treehouse, reflect politicaly conservative values.

“We have this sort of no-sacred-cow approach to our programming, so we’re looking for people with that mindset," said TheBlaze president and chief content officer Joel Cheatwood. “It’s really about truth, and Andrew fits that bill perfectly. We have extensive searches, high and low, for people who fit our criteria.”

GBTV doesn’t disclose financials, but insiders say 300,000 subscribers pay from $4.95-$9.95 per month and the business should boast $40 million in revenue this year. The network typically runs eight minutes of commercials for each hour of programming.

“I’m a conservative libertarian, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to shill for Republicans,” Wilkow said when asked about his plans for the show. “For me, it’s all about limited government and the Constitution.”

Email: paul.bond@thr.com

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