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Jimmy Lee Swaggart is a Pentecostal American
pastor, teacher, musician, television host, and televangelist. He has
preached to crowds around the world through his weekly telecast.
According to the official website for Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, his
1980s telecast was transmitted to over 3,000 stations and cable systems
Swaggart's television ministry, which began in 1975, continues (as of
May 2011) airing nationally and internationally. The weekly Jimmy
Swaggart Telecast and A Study in the Word programs are seen nationwide
and abroad on 78 channels in 104 countries as well as live over the
Since recording his first album, the center of Swaggart's ministry has
been his music. His first album, Some Golden Daybreak, was created to be
an album he could give people at his early revivals. Swaggart's wife
began encouraging him to contact radio stations. Disc jockey Chuck
Cossin is credited with playing the first Jimmy Swaggart recording on
WMUZ in Detroit.
In 1974 Swaggart was voted Favorite Gospel Music Artist for the album
Singing News. In 1977 Record World magazine honored him as Male Vocalist
of the Year. In that same year Swaggart was a Dove Award finalist in
three categories: Male Vocalist of the Year, TV Program of the Year, and
Instrumentalist of the Year. Again in 1978 Swaggart became a Dove
finalist as Instrumentalist of the Year. In 1980, Swaggart became a Dove
Award finalist in four Categories: Children's Album of the Year for
Color Me a Story, Instrumentalist of the Year, Year's best Traditional
Album for Homeward Bound, and Best Gospel Album of the Year for Worship.
The secular Grammy Awards nominated Swaggart's album Live from Nashville
for Best Gospel Album in 1976. And again in 1980, Swaggart's album,
Worship, became a Grammy finalist.