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Old Fashioned Revival Hour and Joyful Sound Audio Collection
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The Old Fashioned Revival Hour and Joyful Sound Audio Collection contains the broadcast recordings of Charles E Fuller (1887-1968), one of the leading Christian radio evangelists of the 20th century and co-founder of Fuller Theological Seminary. The collection contains an almost full-run of Old Fashioned Revival Hour (OFRH, 1121 programs) and the Joyful Sound (JS, 586 programs) radio broadcasts. The collection also contains some related episodes from the pre-cursor program, the Pilgrims’ Hour and music by the OFRH choir and quartet. It also contains early recordings of Fuller Seminary events and founding faculty, including the Seminary’s first Convocation from October 1, 1947 and Billy Graham spot announcements for the Rose Bowl Crusade.
In 1929, Charles Fuller began his radio ministry, broadcasting from Calvary Church of Placentia over KREG, Santa Ana. In 1937, Fuller’s program Pilgrim’s Hour became the Old Fashioned Revival Hour, which broadcast through the Mutual Broadcasting System. OFRH expanded with the network, eventually spreading coast-to-coast and internationally. By 1941, OFRH was heard every Sunday across the North America as well as in Europe, Africa and Asia. By 1944, the show ran on 575 stations and short-wave bands around the world. The program estimated an audience of over twenty million listeners, and required an annual budget of more than $1.7 million. From 1941 to January 1958, the Old Fashioned Revival Hour was broadcast each Sunday afternoon from the Municipal Auditorium in Long Beach, California. Charles Fuller also traveled throughout North America, holding city-wide evangelistic rallies, preaching in the largest auditoriums available, such as Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden, to sell-out crowds. Old Fashioned Revival Hour changed its name to the Joyful Sound on October 12, 1969. David Allan Hubbard became the featured speaker on March 2, 1969. Joyful Sound ran from 1969 until at least 1981.
167 Boxes, 119.66 linear feet
Scholarly use of access copies of audio reproductions permitted with parameters of copyright law.
Access copies of the audio recordings are available online via the Digital Commons@Fuller (http://digitalcommons.fuller.edu/ofrh/). Reels and Electrical Transcriptions are unavailable for research use.