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Christian Broadcaster Frank Pastore Passes Away

Frank PastorePopular Christian talk radio host Frank Pastore passed away on Monday – nearly one month after he was injured in a motorcycle accident.

Pastore, who was the host of a daily show on radio station KKLA in Glendale, CA, suffered major head injuries the night of November 19 when his motorcycle was sideswiped by a vehicle on Interstate Highway 210 in Duarte, CA. Since the accident, Pastore had been in a coma.

"His zeal for living biblically and fully engaged in the battle for truth inspired us all,” remarked NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright following Pastore's passing.

As an ex-atheist and an ex-pro baseball pitcher with a background in Christian worldview, political philosophy and apologetics, Pastore had an eclectic repertoire from which to draw in bringing his audience closer to God.

Last year, Pastore’s radio program, The Frank Pastore Show, received the prestigious NRB Long Form Radio Program of the Year Award. The award is presented each year at the annual NRB Convention & Exposition to a radio program at least five minutes in length that impacts listeners by being compelling, relevant, informative, personable, and entertaining, while demonstrating an authentic Christian faith.

In announcing the award, Dr. Wright commended Pastore for connecting with his audience “in an exceptional way given his unique background.”

“But more than just providing compelling radio, Frank speaks from an intentionally Christian worldview that provokes his listeners to confront the awesomeness of God, and apply their faith to the world around them,” Dr. Wright noted.

In a statement regarding Pastore’s passing, the management team at KKLA encouraged supporters to continue praying for Pastore’s wife, Gina, and his family.

At Gina's request, the station has also posted a sound bite of the prophetic words Pastore shared just three hours before the accident.

In a discussion about life after death, Pastore said, "Look, you guys know I ride a motorcycle, right? So, at any moment … I could be spread all over the 210. But that's not me; that's my body parts.

“And that key distinction undergirds the entire Judeo-Christian worldview and also your pursuit of reality,” he added.

In lieu of flowers, the Pastore family has requested that donations be made to Cross International, one of Pastore’s favorite ministries. Gifts donated here will help reach the poor children of Haiti.

Published: December 20, 2012

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