I want to know what part did Jim Bakker had on TBN, and why Paul Crouch rarely mentioned him on his specials for the station. From what I can tell… Actually it began with Jim's influence over the 700 Club with Pat Robertson in 1966. The Bakkers greatly contributed to the growth of the network with a variety show format including interviews and puppet show. The Bakkers helped make "The 700 Club" one of the longest-running and most successful televangelism programs. The "Jim and Tammy Show" was broadcast for a few years from their Portsmouth, Virginia, studio. It was aimed at young children, whom they entertained with such films as "Davey and Goliath", a claymation Bible-story series. Then they left fo California in the early 70's to work with Paul and Jan Crouch where they created the "Praise the Lord" (PTL) Show in 1972 but only lasted a year or so. Paul Crouch was given sole control over the TBN network (originally Trinity Broadcasting Systems) soon after its launch after a falling out with Jim Bakker. In his autobiography, Crouch says that Jim Bakker tried to take over the network, but failed. Jim was able to retain the rights to use the initials "PTL" and started their own ministry in Charlotte NC in 1974. Their show grew quickly until it was carried by close to a hundred stations, with average viewers numbering over twelve million, and the Bakkers had established their own network, The PTL Television Network (also known as PTL-The Inspirational Network). "The PTL Club, aired from 1974 to 1987. By the early 1980s the Bakkers had built Heritage USA in Fort Mill, South Carolina, (south of Charlotte), then the third most successful theme park in the U. S. , and a satellite system to distribute their network 24 hours a day across the country. For more information on Jim Bakker you can check these references: Jim Bakker, "I Was Wrong". Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996 Charles E. Shepard, "Forgiven: The Rise and Fall of Jim Bakker and the PTL Ministry". (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989).
Join Jim Bakker and Uncle Henry with their special guest Colonel Sanders in this PTL Club episode from December 3rd, 1979. I apologize in advance for the aud. . .