Dr. Paul James Broyles, Jr., Founder of the International Broadcasting Network (IBN), went to be with the Lord last Friday morning at the age of 73.
Dr. Broyles founded IBN and launched the first Low Power TV station in Texas on February 24, 1982. He went on to launch nine more stations, all broadcasting Christian programming 24 hours a day. He also headed an orphanage and school in Honduras for 20 years before recently turning them over to another organization.
“Paul had a strong devotion for sharing the Word of Christ in everything he did," recalled Lee Miller, a member of the NRB Television Standing Committee who worked as IBN Area Manager for Dr. Broyles during the 1990s. "Many times through his work and ministry he sacrificed his own personal safety and comforts for others that they may know Jesus.”
A champion for Low Power TV, Dr. Broyles fought hard for LPTV stations and the free over-the-air programming that they offer. In recent years, the FCC has sought to re-allocate swaths of television spectrum to wireless broadband, placing many LPTV stations in a precarious position. In response, Dr. Broyles made hundreds of filings, wrote letters, and encouraged others to do so as well.
“He felt very burdened for Lower Power TV and fought a hard fight,” commented his wife of more than 50 years, Paulette, during his funeral service on Tuesday. “This campaign remains unfinished, but I guess today he is lobbying with God.”
In addition to his wife, Dr. Broyles is survived by his four children and his six grandchildren.
For those wishing to make a Memorial Contribution in recognition of Dr. Broyles, they can be sent to:
International Broadcasting Network
PO Box 691111
Houston, TX 77269-1111
International Broadcasting Network is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a member of NRB.
By NRB Staff
Published: January 8, 2015