Private Funeral Service for Billy Graham

UpdaTED: March 1, 2018, 8:26 a.M. ET

A private funeral service for Billy Graham will be held in a tent outside the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte. The tent is symbolic of the "canvas cathedral" in which Graham conducted his 1949 Los Angeles Crusade that lasted eight weeks and propelled him to national prominence. Invited guests will include family, friends and dignitaries. (Attendance at the funeral is by invitation only.)

This service is open to credentialed media and closed to the public. However, a separate, funeral-specific credential is required for media to come on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association property on funeral day, Friday, March 2. Applications for funeral media credentials are no longer being accepted.


Private funeral service for Billy Graham


Friday, March 2 at noon (prelude: 11:37 a.m.)



Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina
(off-site media parking location to be announced)


The funeral message will be given by Franklin Graham. Virginia "Gigi" Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, Ruth Graham and Ned Graham will also speak briefly. Other program participants include associate evangelists, musicians and friends who have been part of the ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association around the world. For program details, see "Private Funeral Service Official Program."



The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will provide clean, multi-camera, switched footage via satellite:

0700-1800 ET (live pictures begin at 0900)  

G-17 20K – Slot D, HD
Codec: h.264/MPEG4
Megahertz: 9
KU Downlink: 12,113.5000 V
KU Uplink: 14, 413.5000 H
Bandwidth: 9MHz
Symbol: 7.000MBPs
FEC: 2/3
Compression: MPEG4
Modulation: DVBS2 8PSK
Pilots: OFF
Data: 13.864454 MBPs

For downlink problems, please contact your in-house satellite department.

The funeral service will also be live-streamed on



Complete, live radio coverage will be provided by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association from noon to 1:59 p.m. ET. The feed is cleared for stations and networks through Ambassador Advertising.
For clearance and downlink details, contact Lee Ann Jackson or 626.681.7644.

  • Clearance is provided on non-exclusive basis.
  • A 10-second cut-away for station Legal ID will be taken between 12:58pm and 1:15 p.m. The call for the 10-second break for station ID will be given by co-host just prior.
  • Anchors:
    • Jim Kirkland, executive director, audio media for Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
    • Ed Stetzer, executive director, Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College



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