Daystar Television Network
The Daystar Television Network is a Christian television network. It is the second largest in the world. The network was founded in 1997 by Marcus Lamb with a goal of "reach(ing) souls with the good news of Jesus Christ." It is based in Bedford, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
During a trip to Jerusalem Marcus Lamb was instructed by God to start a Christian television station in Montgomery, Alabama. Lamb and his wife, Joni, followed the instruction and put together as much money as they could in ordre to purchase a broadcast license permit in the city. They set up their station using equipment that other stations had tossed away. Their station, WMCF-TV 45, went up on 12 October 1985. Despite briefly losing power due to a bounced check and a small staff, they kept going. As the years went by, they were able to improve the presentation and gradually increase the viewership. Around 1990, Marcus received another direction from God, this time to start a Christian television station in Dallas.
The Lambs sold WMCF and made the move to Dallas. They were found a broadcast license permit that was available for a fee of one million dollars, with a ten thousand dollar commitment to secure the contract. They were able to collect the ten thousand by selling land that Marcus had previously received as a gift. Their new station, KMPX-TV 29, went up in 1993. Over the next few years, they spread their reach by purchasing other stations nearby. By late 1997, the newly renamed Daystar Television Network started with an airing of TD Jakes' "Potter's House." A series of dealings allowed them to spread their reach further, even to Michigan.
Daystar can be seen in all 50 US states as well as almost every other country around the globe. In 2006 it became the first foreign Christian television network to be granted a license to broadcast in Israel.
As with fellow Christian TV network Trinity Broadcasting Network Daystar features programming from conservative-leaning teachers, though as with TBN it generally leans toward the Pentecostal/charismatic realm, and as such is frequently criticized for such.
Regular programming on the network includes:
- Marcus and Joni (the prime-time featured show, broadcasts weeknights at 8PM Central Time, occasionally pre-empted by a special event; on Thursdays the show is pre-empted by a one-hour broadcast of Marcus Lamb guest preaching at a church)
- Gospel Music Showcase (featuring Southern Gospel singing)
- Hal Lindsey Report
- Joni (a 30-minute show featuring Marcus Lamb's wife, broadcasts weeknights at 7:30PM Central Time before the network's main show)
- Lakewood Church (Daystar is the only network to carry the church's one-hour broadcast, which features both music and preaching (it airs Tuesdays at 9PM Central Time); additional 30-minute airings of Joel Osteen's sermons are shown throughout the week)
- Pastor Robert Morris Ministries (formerly The Blessed Life, sermons from Gateway Church of Southlake, Texas, where the Lambs are members)
- PowerPoint Ministries (Jack Graham)
- Lamb, Joni. (2008). Surrender All: Your Answer to Living with Peace, Power and Purpose, WaterBrook Press, Pages 1-17