by Rex Wockner
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation expressed displeasure July 18 over the induction of the Focus on the Family ministry into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
“For 20 years James Dobson has used his expansive, well-funded media platform to perpetuate false and misleading information which contribute to putting gay and lesbian families in harm’s way,” said GLAAD President Neil Giuliano. “GLAAD urges the media to scrutinize and shed light on Dobson’s record of inaccurate claims about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and include an in-depth analysis of his distorted and defamatory statements.”
The Hall of Fame is part of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Inductees are nominated by the National Radio Hall of Fame & Museum Steering Committee, which includes radio executives, academics, trade journalists and others interested in radio’s history.
Dobson and Focus on the Family won in the category of “a broadcaster who has made at least a 20-year contribution to the radio industry and has distinguished him/herself at the local and/or regional level.”