Dobson's Final Goodbye to Focus on the Family

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After 33 years at Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson hosted his final radio broadcast Friday.

"This is a difficult experience for Shirley and me because we're awash in nostalgia," Dobson said.

"We have spent three quarters of my professional life here within the confines of this ministry," he said of the organization he founded. "It's been our life. It's been our home. But the Lord has led us. He's put His hand at my back, and it's been very clear that He's saying it's time to go, it's time to let go."

The 73-year-old child psychologist announced in December he was starting another Christian ministry and radio program.

Dobson and his son, Ryan, will co-host the new program entitled "Family Talk with James Dobson" beginning May 3.

"I do not believe the Lord is through using my voice in the culture and speaking to parents," Dobson said. "So what I want to do with our new organization, which is called Family Talk, is do the very finest creative radio that I'm capable of.

Focus on the Family gave Dobson $1 million to help fund his new ministry.

*Originally published February 27, 2010.

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