“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” – Billy Graham

Faith Radio and The University of Northwestern mourn the loss of the Reverend Billy Graham, the university’s second president and founder of the university’s radio network, who passed away this morning at the age of 99. We rejoice in knowing that he is now home with the Lord and Savior he loved and served.

“Reverend Graham held a special place in the heart of Northwestern,” said Dr. Alan Cureton, president of University of Northwestern. “He will be forever remembered as one of the school’s most influential presidents and a key figure of the college’s history.”

In December 1947, Northwestern’s founder, Dr. W.B. Riley chose America’s young evangelist Billy Graham, then 29 years old, to succeed him as president of Northwestern Schools, as it was known at the time. Graham served as president of Northwestern from 1948 to 1952, a period including the famous 1949 Los Angeles evangelistic crusade, which catapulted the young preacher and his growing family into the national spotlight.

Although Graham’s time at Northwestern was relatively brief, we continues to be blessed by his impact to this day. Perhaps the greatest legacy left during Grahams’ tenure includes the 1949 launch of Faith Radio’s flagship station KTIS 900AM.


Listen to hear Billy Graham sign on AM900 KTIS on February 7, 1949.

Billy Graham Signs On KTIS

Additional interviews and special broadcasts honoring the legacy of Billy Graham. 

Billy Graham Obituary – SRN News

Billy Graham: Ambassador of the Gospel – SRN News

Billy Graham Evangelical Association Remembers Billy Graham

Reflections on Billy Graham – Roger Palms

A prophet with honor – William Martin

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