Televangelist and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) founder Paul Crouch died today. He was 79. Crouch began his career in faith-based media with a stint at KRSD radio in Rapid City, S.D., before managing then-NBC affiliate KRSD-TV. In 1961 he was appointed head of the Assemblies of God’s Department of Television and Film Production based in Burbank, CA overseeing production of films, audiovisual materials, and children’s teaching aids. After a stint at KHOF-TV in San Bernadino, Crouch founded Christian network TBN with wife Jan in 1973. They bought their first TV station, Southern California’s KLXA-TV, the following year. TBN now boasts 84 satellite channels and over 18,000 television and cable affiliates globally. The company also spun-off Christian indie film production company Gener8Xion Entertainment, Inc. and hosted the the broadcast world premiere of The Passion of the Christ in 2011.
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