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Glenn Beck signs $100 million radio contract

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Glenn Beck will remain a force in radio for at least five more years. The conservative firebrand has inked a new five-year, $100 million deal with Clear Channel's Premiere Networks. The pact, roughly double the size of the previous five-year deal he signed in 2007, is a vote of confidence for the syndicated "Glenn Beck Program," which regularly lures 10 million listeners a week.

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The morning show, behind only to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity's radio programs in typical audience size, is carried by more than 400 stations. Since "The Glenn Beck Program's" official launch in early 2002, Beck has used the mutliple-hour format to peddle all part of the Beck brand, from books to Web shows to comedy events.

The news, first reported by The New York Times, comes about a year after Beck signed off on his popular if ever-controversial Fox News show. In the months since, he has continued to grow his subscription-based Internet-only network, GBTV, which a recent Wall Street Journal article estimated would bring in at least $40 million in revenue this year.

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