Today was James Dobson’s last day on the air as host of Focus on the Family radio show. He will soon join his son Ryan on a new syndicated radio show called “Family Talk with James Dobson.” Though Dobson downplays it, his new radio show will compete with Focus on the Family programming.
On today’s NPR “Morning Edition,” Dan Gilgoff of CNN suggests that Dobson’s decision in recent years to make his old radio show more political may have alienated listeners to “Focus on the Family” who tuned in primarily for advice on how to build healthy families. He also notes that the new leader of Focus on the Family, Jim Daly, is much more of a “Rick Warren” type of evangelical. In other words, he is not the same kind of cultural warrior that Dobson had been.