Gabriel Heatter, the old radio newsman of the World War II era, used to begin his broadcast with the same opening line: “Good evening, everyone. There is good news tonight!”
Well, our local paper, the Colorado Springs Gazette, has a “good news” type of story today that might be of some interest to listeners and supporters of Focus on the Family.
This encouraging development is attributable to God’s grace, the generous support of millions of listeners and viewers and the hard work of an incredible team here at the ministry.
To God be the glory!
Here is the article:
Focus nominated for eight NRB awards
Focus on the Family has received eight media award nominations from the National Religious Broadcasters.
Among the nominations are Focus president and CEO Jim Daly for Radio Personality of the Year, and the February Focus Super Bowl ad for Best Television Commercial.
Focus spokesman Gary Schneeberger said the ministry is not surprised that Daly received the nomination after only six months as co-host of “Focus on the Family” radio.
Focus founder James Dobson had co-hosted the show for 33 years until his retirement from the ministry in February.
“We know from feedback we receive that our daily broadcast and Jim as its host are resonating with listeners,” Schneeberger said. “But it certainly is rewarding to have such a prestigious group as NRB recognize our ministry efforts not just in radio but across such a broad communications spectrum.”
Schneeberger said the Super Bowl ad nomination further validates Focus’ approach to TV advertising.
The 30-second spot starred Tim Tebow, the former University of Florida quarterback now with the Broncos, and his mom, Pam. In the ad, an anti-abortion message was presented by emphasizing the relationship between Tebow and Pam, who when pregnant with Tebow refused to have an abortion despite health complications.
“We thought it was a fun and effective ad,” Schneeberger said, “and we recognize that football is a family event and a good way to reach families.”
Focus is sponsoring similar soft-sell ads on four Colorado stations during more than a dozen Broncos games, though none star Tebow.
NRB, an association with thousands of U.S. members, also nominated Focus in the categories of International Impact Award, International Strategic Partnership Award, Best Television Talk Show for its webcast “Your Family Live!” and Best Internet Ministry Website.
Focus received two nominations for its radio programming. Ballots for the nominations were cast by NRB members between July 23 and Aug. 27. NRB-selected judges whittled each category down to three or four nominations.NRB does not make public those who are nominated.Focus’ only award for the daily radio show from the NRB came in 2006. In 1991 Dobson was inducted into its Hall of Fame. Winners in each category will be announced in February at NRB’s 68th Annual Convention & Exposition at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. Daly plans to attend the event.
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