After 30 years on the airwaves, Focus on the Family's founder, James Dobson, will stop hosting his internationally syndicated radio program. February 28, 2010, will bring an end to his daily presence with the politically influential, nonprofit evangelical group based in Colorado Springs, which has consistently rallied for what it considers traditional family values. The decision marks a long, slow transition that began in 2003, when Dobson, a child psychologist who is now 73, turned over the presidency of Focus to Jim Daly. Last year, Dobson resigned as chairman (via Colorado Springs Gazette). Dobson's health is not at issue, and no replacement has been chosen for the show, according to Christian Examiner. Gary Bauer, president of American Values and a frequent guest on Dobson's radio show over the years, praised Dobson, while psychotherapist Ralph Blair, founder of New York-based Evangelicals Concerned, a support group for gay and lesbian Christians, considers Dobson's legacy tarnished by his opposition to same-sex relationships and a lack of knowledge behind his theories about them. Dobson is expected to continue writing books and will remain active in public life after he leaves the radio show, says spokesman Gary Schneeberger. Dobson, who was profiled in July 2006 by 5280, was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame last year (via Radio Ink.)
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