Youth on the March was a national television program that first aired on the ABC Television Network more than 60 years ago, spearheaded by my grandfather, evangelist Dr.Percy Crawford, categorically a Christian Broadcasting pioneer back then, having accomplished many“firsts in the 40s and 50s” The talent attracted by him and his special wife, Ruth, was, too, top-notch. While the Crawford children, Don, Dick, Dan, Dean and Donna, also participated in the program as did other young people, who not surprisingly went on to become 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 non-religious programming. Consequently, Percy decided to take matters into his own hands and purchase a UHF station in Philadelphia as well as 13 bankrupt radio stations to continue aggressively spreading 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 Sr., understood his calling, grabbed the Crawford torch and ran with it.
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