"(Television) is participatory and it's interactive... I think if you can show, as we do, our trucks going out to feed the poor....if you can show these people helping their neighbors; it's an ability to mobilize the community for action. There are all kinds of things to do, but I think more than anything, people should use television to serve."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, Pat Robertson describes the founding of his ministry and his creation of the Christian Broadcast Network. He speaks about his early years pursuing a law degree at Yale University, after which he discovered his calling and enrolled in the New York Theological Seminary. Robertson discusses his work with the underprivileged and his later vision to spread the Gospel through television. He describes in detail buying his first television station in Virginia, and starting up its programming, where he was a jack-of-all-trades, working in front of and behind the cameras. He talks about the growth of the network and the initiation of The 700 Club, a daily show featuring news, commentary, and feature stories on Christian themes. He also describes the use of satellite technology and syndication in the continued growth of the network. He talks about the controversy surrounding electronic ministries in the 1980s and the losses suffered by the religious broadcasting community in their wake. Additionally, he talks about the spin-off of The Family Channel, the creation of Regent University, and his political campaigns. Don Carleton conducted the interview at the CBN offices in Virginia Beach, VA on October 15, 2003.