"When I arrived at Bible College, I was fully committed that one day I would use the media in some way, particularly radio. Television wasn't the big deal then that it became later. And it was always, from the moment I was converted through a radio broadcast, an intent of mine to use the media."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, Jerry Falwell (1933-2007)l talks about growing up the son of an entrepreneur, and his eventual calling to the Christian ministry. He discusses starting his first television broadcast, Thomas Road Baptist Church Presents and how it eventually became The Old Time Gospel Hour. He speaks about the growing popularity of the program and its eventual syndication worldwide as well as its transmission over satellite. Falwell also describes his founding and the goals of the Moral Majority and Liberty University. He details the controversy surrounding his political views, the fallout from the PTL scandal that hit religious broadcasting in the late 80s and his treatment by the mainstream media. B-roll consists of a personally-guided tour of a museum dedicated to his life on the campus of Liberty University. Don Carleton conducted the interview at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA on October 16, 2003.