Billy Graham is not the great Oz, but he does rely on a lot of technological stuff behind the scenes to make him larger than life: to wit, the gadgetry that allows the multitudes to see him on dual Jumbotron screens. Last summer's crusade in Nashville was the first to be broadcast via the Internet, albeit tape-delayed (see for the Fresno crusade in October and for updates on Graham crusade activity generally).

Behind the powerful public presence there was a little man, Rodney Morris, hidden away in the sound module of a video truck, who ensured that Graham's voice boomed appropriately throughout Adelphia Coliseum and, later, in local tv broadcasts throughout the nation. A brief peek at the inner workings of the devices that electronically handle God's message of hope.

Audio Master Tapes

The tapes are used for radio broadcasts of Hour of Decision and Decision Today, and go into the BGEA archives. Usually four copies are made. They also represent a technological record of the sowing of spiritual seed: During the Nashville crusade, which drew record-breaking crowds to Adelphia Coliseum, 4,903 people made initial professions of faith in Christ as Lord and Savior.

Preview Television Monitor

If you're the sound engineer, you may like to know what the video technicians are cutting to next, so as not to be caught flatfooted when the next person speaking/singing/ shouting opens his mouth.

Audio Console Video Monitor

A computer reminds you of the various elements that you're supposed to be tracking—volume, equalization, what sources are routed to what outputs—on this digital console. As a bona fide computer, it not only monitors but executes commands. For example, it can store the volume and tone ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Have something to add about this? See something we missed? Share your feedback here.

Our digital archives are a work in progress. Let us know if corrections need to be made.