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Charles E. Fuller (1887-1969) was a pioneer of evangelism by radio and co-founder of Fuller Theological Seminary. The collection deals primarily with his radio ministries, the Pilgrims' Hour and the Old-Fashioned Revival Hour (OFRH), and the founding of Fuller Theological Seminary. Material includes program notes and sound recordings spanning over forty years, letters sent by radio listeners, and the "Heart to Heart" newsletter sent out to OFRH listeners.
Charles E. Fuller (1887-1968) was a pioneer of evangelism by radio and co-founder of Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Fuller preached occassionally on the radio from 1924-1930, starting with Bible lessons taught over Biola's station KJS (later KTBI). He counted his number of years on the radio from August 1925, when he brought musicians from his church in Placentia to Los Angeles to broadcast a program over KJS. In early 1930, Charles Fuller succeeded in establishing a regular broadcast. On March 11, 1934, the first program of "The Heart to Heart Hour" aired over KNX Hollywood, on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm-7:00pm. In August 1934, the phrase "old fashioned revival" appeared for the first time, and Fuller renamed the program "The Radio Revival Hour." The first hour long presentation of the broadcast occurred in October. "The Old Fashioned Revival Hour" (OFRH) became the official name of the Sunday evening program in June 1937. It went coast-to-coast for the first time via the Mutual Broadcasting System on October 3, 1937 with the single aim the dissemination of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By 1941, OFRH was heard every Sunday across the North America as well as in Europe, Africa and Asia over the Mutual Broadcasting System. At its height, the program estimated an audience of over twenty million listeners, and required an annual budget of over $1.7 million. The broadcast was awarded the "Gold Microphone" by the American Broadcasting Company and the "Award of Merit" by the National Religious Broadcasters in 1960. During the 1940's he also directed a large contingent of itinerant evangelists through the sponsorship of the Fuller Evangelistic Foundation, of which he was President. The Foundation later established the Bible College of Missions and Evangelism, renamed Fuller Theological Seminary, which opened Fall 1947 to an inaugural class of 33 young men.
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