Religious b'caster, creator of the 'Day of Discovery'

Richard W. De Haan, a religious broadcaster and creator of the “Day of Discovery” TV program, died Tuesday July 16 in Grand Rapids, Mich., after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 79.

“Day of Discovery” first aired in 1968 and is one of the America’s longest continuously broadcast TV programs.

De Haan’s father, Martin, started the family’s broadcast ministry in 1938 with his weekly radio program “Detroit Bible Class.” The program’s name was changed to “Radio Bible Class” in 1941 when it moved from a Detroit-area station to Grand Rapids. When Martin De Haan died in 1965, Richard De Haan took over as president of his father’s Grand Rapids-based Christian ministry.

De Haan served as the voice of “Radio Bible Class” for more than 30 years. He retired from the ministry in 1985.

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