Oral Roberts may have gone too far in his demands for donations and could be blacked out this Sunday morning, according to the one Los Angeles television station that carries his program.
For the last two weeks, the Oklahoma television evangelist has been informing his viewers that he will die if they don't contribute $4.5 million to his ministry by March. His Sunday morning program is carried by 200 stations nationally, including KHJ-TV Channel 9.
KHJ programming director Walt Baker told The Times on Thursday that Roberts' contention that he will be "called home by God" if he doesn't raise $8 million in scholarship funds for his Tulsa-based medical school by March will be edited out of this week's show, if Roberts repeats that claim. As of last week, Roberts said he had raised $3.5 million of the $8 million.
"We've carried the program for a long time and we've had no problem with it," Baker said. "Mr. Roberts does a very fine job and I think this problem is overblown.