For nearly 53 years Harold Camping has been a prominent figure in Christian broadcasting. On Monday The Christian Post was exclusively told that the 90-year old was no longer able to lead his storied Family Radio ministry, and would be retiring.
Camping and his wife began the ministry with a consortium of evangelical broadcasters in 1958. The group first purchased radio station KEAR in Oakland, California playing "Christian Gospel" programming and by 2006 became the #19-ranked radio chain in the country.
During the last several years the Family Radio network has suffered operating losses and two of their stations, WKDN in Philadelphia and WFSI in Annapolis, Maryland covering the Washington, D.C. area, are being sold, tentatively to CBS.
Monday, Family Radio began soliciting donations to offset those losses, even though the broadcasting outlets currently owned by the company are potentially worth hundreds of millions.
Harold Camping’s predictions for the end of the world since 1994 have brought his ministry under scrutiny; nonetheless, Family Radio continues to be an enduring source for Christian broadcasts throughout the nation.