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Radio evangelist Roy Masters dies at 93

Roy Masters stands in the Grants Pass office where he produced the Foundation of Human Understanding’s magazine “Iconoclast” in this 1986 Mail Tribune file photo. Masters died Thursday at the age of 93.

Radio evangelist and longtime Southern Oregonian Roy Masters died Thursday at the age of 93, according to a public Facebook post issued by Masters’ son and corroborated by reports in the Grants Pass Daily Courier and radio trade publications.

Masters founded the Foundation of Human Understanding in Southern California in the early 1960s, which mixed religious messages with Masters’ experience as a hypnotist, and moved to Josephine County in the late 1970s, according to past Mail Tribune reports. In his radio programs at the time he recommended that his followers join him in Southern Oregon.

After a prolonged tax battle, Masters’ foundation was declared a church in 1986.

By the early 1990s, Masters launched the talk radio station KOPE-FM in Central Point, and the related Talk Radio Network, which nationally syndicated radio programs, such as the paranormal themed "Coast to Coast AM“ with Art Bell, and shows hosted by Michael Savage and Laura Ingraham, to hundreds of stations across the country.

The Central Point business was active until late 2017.

Masters was born Reuben Obermeister in England, and emigrated to the United States in 1949.

“Following a storied American tradition, Roy was an immigrant who fell in love with this country from afar. Looking across the ocean from war-torn Britain, he was determined to make the ’land of liberty’ his home," son Alan Taylor posted on Facebook.

Masters leaves behind five children, 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, according to Taylor.