In 1949, the Crawford couple started the television program Youth on the March on the ABC television network, coast-to-coast, followed by a stint for two years on the Dumont television network in 1953 and 1954.
In 1958, Percy Crawford saw the ever-increasing difficulty of Christian programming in acquiring broadcast time on radio or television outlets. He therefore determined to own and operate his own radio and television stations and during the period 1958 to 1960, acquired six radio stations and a construction permit for a seventh which stations were located in Miami, Des Moines, Portland, Chicago, Lancaster and Detroit with a construction permit in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Crawford passed away in 1960 after having acquired Channel 17 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, owned and operated by the Young People’s Church of the Air.
Donald B. Crawford, the son of Dr. Percy Crawford, took over the company in 1961 and with strategic acquisitions grew the company into what it is today. In 1980, KBRT(AM) in Los Angeles was acquired. This station, along with the other five, formed the core of the Crawford Broadcasting Company from 1980 to 1991. An expansion program began in 1991, and key purchases were made in Portland, San Francisco, Denver, St. Louis, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany. Later acquisitions were made in Chicago, Rochester, Albany and Birmingham. The company’s rapid growth was accomplished almost entirely through its own resources and its considerable ability to generate cash flow.
Today, the Crawford Broadcasting Company owns and operates 9 FM radio stations and 13 AM radio stations in 10 different markets. The company strives to be local, relevant and current with its programming, presenting the very best in Christian programming and conservative talk programming. Donald Crawford has followed the philosophy of its founder and guiding light Dr. Percy B. Crawford. The company continues to build on the rich spiritual heritage and is determined to make a difference in an ever-growing secular America by serving and presenting programming which honors GOD AND COUNTRY.