Houston-based Yahoo! contributor Mark Whittington reports that Glenn Beck, late of Fox News, may be packing it all up and moving to Texas:
Beck seemed to suggest Texas was in his future in an interview with Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Beck’s Mercury Radio Arts company, which controls a small media empire that includes his radio show, an online newspaper called “The Blaze” and a fledgling subscription TV talk show on GBTV has 150 employees.
Texas has a number of advantages for a business over New York, currently Beck’s base of operations. Texas has no personal state income tax and a regulatory environment that encourages the formation of small businesses. New York, on the other hand, has a confiscatory tax system and a regulatory regime that would put the Byzantine Empire to shame.
Beck may also have a personal motive for contemplating a move to Texas. Recently he and his family were attacked by a group of ruffians while in New York’s Bryant Park. There is nothing like a good old-fashioned New York City street altercation to motivate a man into pulling up roots and moving to a more friendly environment.
According to multiple sources quoted by name in an item in the New York Daily News, Beck and his family have leased a seven-bedroom spread set on 2 acres of land in the upscale Vaquero Ranch area of Westlake, between Dallas and Fort Worth.
Beck has some history in Texas. While still in his teens, he was a Top 40 morning deejay at Corpus Christi’s KZFM, and in 1989, he worked for a while in Houston at KRBE, then known as “Power 104.” After a troubled career in music radio, in which Beck was fired from a number of stations for stunts which — to put it mildly — overreached, he embraced the talk format in 2000 and struck gold in Florida, taking an 18th-ranked AM station in Tampa to the top in the ratings.
Just two years later, Premiere Radio Networks syndicated his show on 47 stations across the nation. Today Beck’s program is third in the national ratings behind Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and is heard on hundreds of stations as well as satellite radio. He would not be the first conservative radio talker to vacate New York for more taxpayer-friendly locales. Rush Limbaugh moved to Palm Beach, Florida in March, 1996, where he now broadcasts his top-rated show.
Cross-posted at Brazos Valley Pundit