Dobson or Daly?
Who has the message you want to hear?
The Dobsons’ new show will be called “Family Talk” (for a while the plan was to call it “James Dobson on the Family”) and be similar in format and spirit to the “Focus” radio show.
Meanwhile, Focus said in December that John Fuller will continue as co-host of the “Focus” show. Focus president and CEO Jim Daly, family psychologist Juli Slattery and other family experts will rotate as co-hosts with Fuller, according to a news release.
Focus on the Family and the Dobsons say they won’t be doing any interviews during the transition.
“We’ve decided not to do any more interviews between now and Dr. Dobson’s departure – these will be emotional weeks and really a ‘family time’ more than anything else,” Focus spokesman Gary Schneeberger wrote me in an e-mail on Monday. ”The ministry’s focus will be on honoring and thanking the Dobsons for their years of service. The next couple of weeks, we firmly believe, are not really a ‘media op’ but a ‘family op.’”
Questions remain about whether Focus forced Dobson out, whether Dobson and Daly have had a falling out, and whether the Dobson’s new venture will take donations away from Focus. Whatever the truth may be, neither side is talking.
Things are chaotic for Dobson right now as he looks to get the wheels rolling with “Family Talk,” Lane said today. The show will be broadcast from Colorado Springs, but Lane doesn’t know from where. Lane also didn’t know if Dobson has raised the $2 million he asked for on Facebook to get his venture underway.
Why won’t Dobson be leaving for a quiet retirement?
Dobson, 73, said on his Facebook page in December that he had considered retiring. ”On the other hand, the institution of the family continues to be in deplorable condition, and children are growing up in a culture that often twists and warps their young minds,” Dobson wrote. “Furthermore, our nation is facing a crisis that threatens its very existence. We are in a moral decline of shocking dimensions.”
Thus, “Family Talk” to the rescue.
We’re hoping to hear from fans (or even informed haters) of the show about how they feel about the transition.
So, what will you listen to after Feb. 26? “Focus on the Family” radio? “Family Talk” radio? Both? Neither?
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