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Oct 31, 2009 7:10 AM by Nicole Vandeputte

Evangelical leader Dr. James Dobson leaving radio show

James Dobson, the founder and voice of conservative Christian group Focus on the Family since its inception, is leaving the organization's flagship daily radio broadcast.

Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger says Dobson will go off the air at the end of February. He said Friday it was a mutual decision of Dobson and the board.

He said it is the final chapter in a 7 process for Dr. Dobson to transition away from the organization he founded. In 2003, he stepped down as President of Focus on the Family. Last February, he stepped down as Chairman of the board, and his final step is leaving his popular radio show.

Dobson, 73, a strong voice in conservative Christian politics, has been hosting the radio show for 32 years. It is the foundation that the faith based empire was built.

The evangelical group recently laid off staff because of a decline in donations. Focus Spokesperson Gary Schneeberger says Dr. Dobson, and the organization are excited about their future. "Dr. Dobson said many times over the years that Focus on the Family is not about him. If you look around this campus you'll see no building named after James Dobson. This has always been the Lord's ministry," he says.

He said Dr. Dobson will not go quietly into retirement. He has a book coming out in April called "Bringing up girls." He said Dr. Dobson will also continue to speak publicly about issues that he is passionate about.

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