The "Old Fashioned Revival Hour" radio broadcast was created by Charles E. Fuller, one of the pioneers of radio evangelism and founder of Fuller Theological Seminary.
In 1929, Charles Fuller began his radio ministry from Calvary Church of Placentia. For the next 5 years, Fuller attempted multiple programs on various networks despite numerous financial and personal difficulties. He created the Gospel Broadcasting Association as a non-profit organization to manage incoming listener donations and pay for programming in 1933.
Dr. Fuller preached occassionally on the radio from 1924-1930, starting with Bible lessons taught over Biola's station KJS (later KTBI). He counted his number of years on the radio from August 1925, when he brought musicians from his church in Placentia to Los Angeles to broadcast a program over KJS.
In early 1930, Charles Fuller succeeded in establishing a regular broadcast despite numerous financial and personal difficulties. He created the Gospel Broadcasting Association as a non-profit organization to manage incoming listener donations and pay for programming in 1933.
On March 11, 1934, the first program of "The Heart to Heart Hour" aired over KNX Hollywood, on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm-7:00pm. In August 1934, the phrase "old fashioned revival" appeared for the first time, and Fuller renamed the program "The Radio Revival Hour." The first hour long presentation of the broadcast occurred in October.
"The Old Fashioned Revival Hour" (OFRH) became the official name of the Sunday evening program in June 1937. It went coast-to-coast for the first time via the Mutual Broadcasting System on October 3, 1937.
By 1941, OFRH was heard every Sunday across the North America as well as in Europe, Africa and Asia over the Mutual Broadcasting System. At its height, the program estimated an audience of over twenty million listeners, and required an annual budget of over $1.7 million. The broadcast was awarded the "Gold Microphone" by the American Broadcasting Company and the "Award of Merit" by the National Religious Broadcasters in 1960.