Colorado Springs, Colo. – Focus on the Family was honored tonight as Radio Program of the Year by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) during the organization's annual awards ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.The recognition, from the industry's top professional association, comes during the second full year of work for the hosting team of Jim Daly, Dr. Juli Slattery and John Fuller.
"What a humbling affirmation of how much our broadcast guests help families thrive in their marriages, their parenting and their faith," said Daly, Focus' president. "We're honored to receive this award from our peers not because it indicates we're anything special as hosts or as a ministry, but because it indicates listeners' lives are being touched by and for Christ.
"The Word of God, and the wisdom of His principles we get to share every day, most definitely do not come back void."
NRB's criteria for Radio Program of the Year is a show "that impacts the listener by being compelling, relevant, informative, personable, and entertaining, while demonstrating an authentic Christian faith." NRB President Dr. Frank Wright said Focus on the Family "has sown the light of the Gospel across the globe."
"By equipping families to demonstrate the love of God in their own homes," he added, "they have impacted a broken world one heart and one family at a time."
About three-quarters of the "Focus on the Family" shows aired during 2011 centered on marriage and parenting topics, and featured such authors and experts as Dr. Gary Chapman Dr. Kevin Lehman, Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend, Lysa TerKeurst, Bill and Pam Farrel and Focus on the Family's own executive director for marriage, Greg Smalley.
"Our goal is to give the audience practical, biblical insights they can live out in their day-to-day lives," Daly said. "We want to educate them, inspire them, motivate them to be the best parents, spouses and citizens they can be."
Among the more memorable shows of the last 12 months were "Helping Your Kids Grab Hold of Their Faith" (with guests Lee Strobel and Alison Morrow); "Surviving the Strong-Willed Child" (Cynthia Tobias); "Solid Advice for the Single-Parent Home" (Elsa Kok Colopy); "Rekindling Romance in Your Marriage" (Dr. David Clarke); "Securing Financial Peace for Your Family" (Dave Ramsey); "Moving Beyond Fear and Worry" (Max Lucado); "His and Her Brains: The Humorous Side of Marriage" (Mark Gungor); "The Challenges of Parenting Teens" (Dr. Robert Barnes); "Addressing Heartache in Marriage" (Dr. Dan Allender); and "Sound Advice for Working Moms" (Sabrina O'Malone).
"We're constantly looking for fresh and innovative ways to bring God's timeless truths, and the testimonies of His people, to our listeners," Daly said. "I'm proud of the great work our team does to bless families worldwide, and we hope people will keep tuning in and giving us feedback on how to make the show even more valuable to them."