Judgment Day Comes And Goes, Christian Radio Takes Varying Views
May 23, 2011 at 9:30 AM (PT)
FAMILY RADIO Founder HAROLD CAMPING predicted that SATURDAY, MAY 21st would bring the rapture of Christians from the Earth and begin a series of destruction for those left behind. The prediction did not come to fruition.
There are mixed reviews from those in Christian radio. In the weeks leading up to "doomsday," Christian programmers and on-air personalities discussed amongst themselves how their stations would address the issue. Like many, SALEM Christian AC KLTY/DALLAS chose to not talk about it on air, said Director of Programming MIKE PRENDERGAST.
Others, like NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE Christian AC KNWI/DES MOINES, took the opportunity to open conversation with listeners. "We talked about it before and after. While we didn't want to go crazy with it, we wanted to reflect a very relevant topic.... As Christians, we do believe that Jesus will return one day, so we wanted to get the conversation started of how would you live your life differently if you knew that Jesus really WAS coming back this weekend?" said KNWI PD/Mornings DAN YOUNG.
In the wake of SATURDAY's nonevent, there is interest in hearing CAMPING respond publicly but that interest is waning. CHRIS HAUSER of HAUSER PROMOTIONS noted that it would be nice to hear from CAMPING but that "it is already a little bit of a non-issue for the world at large." YOUNG agreed: "I had hoped for something a little more than his being 'bewildered' and 'flabbergasted' but I suppose silence is better than back-pedaling....I'd love to hear the word 'refund' for his donors. I'd imagine that by the end of the week everyone will have moved on."
The LA TIMES reported that the FAMILY RADIO AM station in SACRAMENTO was vandalized either FRIDAY night or SATURDAY morning. The air conditioning units were removed and $25,000 of copper wiring was stripped from them.
The FAMILY RADIO website was updated on SUNDAY (5/22) with a new design and content making no mention of SATURDAY's missed prediction.