Youth on the March was a national television program that first aired on the ABC Television Network more than 60 years ago, spearheaded by evangelist Dr. Percy Crawford, a Christian Broadcasting pioneer. He accomplished many “firsts,” one of which was airing a weekly, Christian, nationally television program. The talent attracted by him and his amazing wife, Ruth, was top-notch. The Crawford children, Don, Dick, Dan, Dean and Donna, participated on the programs, as did young people who went on to be some of the most recognizable leaders in Christian ministry and service. The program lasted approximately four years until ABC decided they could make more money airing other non-religious programming. Percy decided to take matters into his own hands and was able to subsequently purchase a UHF station in Philadelphia as well as 13 bankrupt radio stations so to spread the Gospel. Unfortunately, his plans came to a screeching halt by his sudden death due to a heart attack in 1959. However, his oldest son, Don, understood his calling, grabbed the Crawford torch and ran with it.
Over fifty years later, Don Crawford Sr. is the honored owner and CEO of the 24- stations Crawford Broadcasting Company. While his son, Don Crawford Jr., is the founder and hands-on owner of the DJR Broadcasting Company, comprised of radio stations in Dallas, Texas, Albany, New York, and Rochester, New York.
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