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(CNN) -- Glenn Beck, a radio personality heard on nearly 200 stations nationwide, is joining CNN Headline News to host "Glenn Beck," a topical talk show.

"When we revamped Headline News a year ago, we said we were eager to launch different types of programming, and this new show is the next step in that evolution," Headline News executive vice president Ken Jautz said in a statement. "Glenn is an incredibly entertaining personality and we're excited to embark on this collaboration. He will be a great addition to our Headline Prime line-up."

Beck, 41, has been in broadcasting since he was a teenager. According to his Web site, at 13 he won a contest to be a DJ for an hour. Before long, he was working three jobs at three radio stations -- and within a year, he was fired from all three. He was 14.

Beck restarted his career after high school and became an in-demand morning man, working in bigger and bigger markets. By the time he was 30 "alcoholism and drug addiction took him over," says the Web site biography, and he started afresh at a small-market station. At the same time, he went into recovery and, eventually, was baptized in the Mormon faith.

His nationally syndicated radio show airs out of Philadelphia.

At Headline News, "Glenn Beck" will air out of New York and be an unconventional look at the news of the day featuring Beck's often amusing perspective. The one-hour program will include guests and produced packages.

"Having tired of the predictable left-versus-right debates in cable news, I am eager to offer a different take for Headline News viewers," Beck said in a statement. "I hope that people will come away from our show not only informed, but also entertained, in a way they're not used to seeing on cable news."

Headline News is part of the CNN family of news networks and Web sites. The unit is owned by Time Warner.

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