Skip to comments.Doomsday herald Harold Camping's show goes off the air at the end of the month
Posted on 06/23/2011 8:00:21 AM PDT by SmithL
The Christian radio station belonging to Harold Camping, who twice incorrectly predicted the world would end, plans to replace his weekday segment Open Forum with new programming after rebroadcasting the last show he recorded before suffering a stroke on June 9.
Family Radio on Hegenberger Road began playing repeats of Open Forum after a stroke hospitalized the 89-year-old Camping.
On Monday, staff again started airing 20 segments recorded by Camping from May 23 -- two days after he most recently predicted Judgment Day would arrive -- through June 9.
"When those are completed, we will have other programming that is scheduled to run in that time slot," Program Department Secretary Judi Rathbone wrote in an email.
"Mr. Camping," Rathbone also wrote, "is still in the hospital and continues to recover."
Camping, an Alameda resident, first predicted Judgment Day would descend in September 1994.
For his 2011 prediction, he invested in a billboard campaign declaring the second coming of Jesus Christ on May 21 and the end of the world on Oct. 21.
He used Open Forum and Family Radio to broadcast his prediction. Broadcasts are available nationwide and reach followers as far as sub-Saharan Africa.
The nationwide network, registered as a nonprofit organization with Camping as president, is worth an estimated $72 million, Fortune Magazine reported in May.
Nearly all of the money comes from donations, including more than $18 million in 2009 -- up from $15 million the year before, IRS tax documents show.
The nonprofit organization received $81 million in donations since 2005, records show. More recent statements have not been filed.
Camping took no salary in 2009 but loaned himself $175.5 million. Family Radio's board of directors approved the loan, whose purpose was not stated in the tax documents. Board members include Family Radio Secretary-Treasurer William Thornton and Camping's daughter, Susan Espinoza.
Raptured, right off the air!
Sadly, we’ve seen all this before. William Miller died shortly after predicting that Jesus would return in 1847, then updating it to 1848. The stress of being this wrong about something this major, and leading so many people astray and into pain and suffering, definitely has an effect on one’s health.
judgement day is coming soon for Harry
This false prophet learned the hard way to NEVER try to force Gods hand. This man has destroyed many souls and he will answer for it.
...and today a “Best Of Harold Camping” show where he predicts the world will end tomorrow...
Looks like the irresponsible, mindless predictions business is a good one to be in. I should break out the radio equipment and start making stuff up too. This gig looks recession proof.
...this “Best Of” program being presented by popular demand after Mark Davis filled-in for Harold last week....
The end is here.
He just does not believe Jesus.
He just does not believe Jesus.
Good. I’m a religious man but this guy;s a fraud.
I was wondering if he predicted his leaving the air?