For many, Frank Pastore is a voice that comes over their radios five days a week, offering religious and moral conversation points.
For the congregants on Wednesday that filled the Calvary Chapel Church in Chino, he's a jovial man who never failed to make them smile.
Family, friends and fans prayed Wednesday at the church for the popular Christian radio personality and former professional baseball pitcher, who remained in a coma after a motorcycle crash in Duarte earlier this week.
Pastor David Rosales asked church members to say a prayer for Pastore and his family.
"He's a colorful, larger-than-life personality," said David Bustamante, administrator of the Calvary Chapel in Chino Valley.
Pastore, a 55-year-old Upland resident and Alhambra native, was seriously injured on the 210 Freeway when his Honda VTX 1800 motorcycle was struck by a Hyundai Sonata being driven by a 56-year-old Glendora woman just after 7:30 p.m. Monday, California Highway Patrol officials said.
He remained hospitalized in critical condition in intensive care at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Rosa Saca said.
Pastore's wife of 34 years, Gina, said her husband was in a coma.
"Right now, he's still in critical condition, and we're remaining hopeful for a good outcome. It's such a fresh injury that we're still not sure. It's a roller coaster," Gina Pastore said. "He's a man of strong faith. He's prepared to go be with the Lord if that's what God desires."
Still, the family said they remain hopeful 36 hours into Pastore's ordeal.
"My faith is unshaken," Gina Pastore said. "I'm obviously very upset by what's happened to my husband, but my faith is as strong as it ever was."
Pastore has two children, Frank and Christina, and one grandchild.
He is host of the "The Frank Pastore Show" on KKLA-FM (99.5), which airs nationally and addresses religion, politics and other topics.
Kevin McCullough has been guest hosting for Pastore since the accident, largely taking calls from concerned listeners.
"This has been a very rough start for the holiday week for many," McCullough said at the start of Wednesday afternoon show. "There are people literally praying for him coast to coast today. I know those prayers are not going to go unnoticed by God ... It's going to be a lot of touch and go as the days come."
Pastore was going east on the freeway, just east of Buena Vista Street in Duarte, when the crash occurred. The Hyundai driver was on his right, CHP Sgt. Kurt Stormes said.
"For unknown reasons, she lost control of her Hyundai and veered toward the left into the carpool lane and struck the motorcycle," Stormes said.
Pastore was thrown from the motorcycle, struck the center divider and suffered major head injuries, officials said. Authorities flew him to the hospital by helicopter.
CHP officers said no crime was suspected, Stormes added.
Pastore pitched for the Cincinnati Reds and the Minnesota Twins before beginning his career in radio. His career record was 48-58, with a 4.29 ERA and 541 strikeouts in seven seasons.
Friends and fans of his show have displayed an outpouring of support since hearing of the accident.
"He's just been an inspiration to me," Inglewood resident and listener Pasquale Pinto said. "I admire his courage and his boldness in speaking the truth. It means a lot to me, and I miss hearing his voice."
Pastore has attended the Calvary Chapel of the Chino Valley in Chino for 23 years.
"We've seen him as he's grown as a Christian and a communicator, and most recently as a radio commentator and radio host," Rosales said. "The Lord has been very pleased with what he's done."
"For us, just to see Frank and Gina go through this has been very difficult," added Rosales, who has been friends with Pastore for more than 20 years. "We as a church family are grieving with them, supportive of them and praying for them."
In recent years, Pastore has forged a relationship with Azusa Pacific University, APU spokeswoman Rachel White said.
In October, Pastore spoke to a crowd of about 800 pastors at the campus, she said. The school sponsors the traffic report on "The Frank Pastore Show," and faculty members are frequent guests.
"We're just all heartbroken," said APU Dean of Theology Scott Daniels, a regular guest on the show. "We've had a wonderful relationship with him over the past few years."
Yolanda Gonzalez of Los Angeles, a fan of the radio program, encouraged the family to continue praying.
"I want to give the family hope that if they continue their faith in the Lord that he can heal Frank Pastore to perfect health, all in the name of Jesus," she said.
Gina Pastore said she appreciated the support and had no idea that her husband touched so many lives.
"He had no idea that so many people loved him and cared for him and listened to him everyday," she said. "He's a very simple guy and kind of had no idea that he is that impactful."
According to KKLA, those wishing to send get-well cards or words of encouragement to Pastore's family can write to P.O. Box 29023, Glendale, CA 91209.
Donations can also be sent to Calvary Chapel of the Chino Valley at 12205 Pipeline Ave., Chino, CA 91710.
"You never think something like this could happen to a guy like him," Bustamante said before Wednesday's service.
Staff writer Beatriz E. Valenzuela contributed to this story.
Due to a reporting error, in an earlier version of this story the type of motorcycle driven by Frank Pastore was incorrectly identified. Pastore's motorcycle was a Honda VTX 1800.