Family Radio Founder Harold Camping Dies
December 17, 2013 at 4:13 AM (PT)
HAROLD CAMPING, FAMILY RADIO founder whose prediction of "Judgment Day" in 2011 failed to come true after generating international attention, died SUNDAY (12/15), the network announced MONDAY. CAMPING, who was 92, suffered a stroke after his prediction failed in 2011, and the network said that he suffered a fall at his home on NOVEMBER 30th. In an email, the network said, "We know that each of us remain in God’s hand, and God is the One who knows our appointed time to leave our earthly body behind. We are so grateful to God for Brother CAMPING’s dedication to FAMILY RADIO and for his lifetime of service to God. We are thankful to know that FAMILY RADIO is God’s ministry, and will continue to be in God’s care and keeping."
CAMPING founded the FAMILY STATIONS in 1958 and hosted daily shows on the network, which at its peak had stations in several major markets, including WFME/NEWARK-NEW YORK, KFRN-A/LOS ANGELES, KEAR/SAN FRANCISCO, WKDN/CAMDEN-PHILADELPHIA, and WFSI/ANNAPOLIS-WASHINGTON. After his inaccurate prediction that the apocalypse would occur on MAY 21, 2011, his radio empire, which extended to television stations as well, began to be sold off, including the NEW YORK, PHILADELPHIA, and WASHINGTON signals (replaced in some cases with AMs or suburban signals).