Praise the Lord

Jim And Tammy Faye Bakker are shown talking to their television audience on Aug. 20, 1986, at their PTL Ministry in Fort Mill, South Carolina. “The PTL Club” was the Bakker’s first big innovation: “the Christian talk show.” 

By the late 1970s, “The PTL Club” — PTL meaning “Praise the Lord” — was rapidly becoming a well-known TV brand across America.

“What he really wanted to do was create a Christian version of ‘The Tonight Show,’” said John Wigger, author of “PTL: The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Evangelical Empire.” “It was the first of Bakker’s big innovations, the Christian talk show.”

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