Dr. Phil and Oprah, look out.
Here comes Yvette Maher.
Maher has been named host of a new weekly Focus on the Family Webcast beginning Wednesday. Called “Your Family — Live,” the two-hour program is formatted like a daytime talk show and, based on the pilot obtained by The Gazette, is chock-full of fun, energy and interviews.
There will be heart-wrenching human stories, conversations with parenting experts, call-ins from viewers, and family wisdom, jokes and asides from the personable Maher.
“It is a new day for Focus,” said Maher, Focus senior vice president of family and community. “We will talk about anything and everything.”
The demographic of Focus donors has edged up in recent years, and listeners of “Focus on the Family” radio, the Christian group’s flagship 33-year-old broadcast hosted by James Dobson until last month, are mostly over age 50. Focus hopes “Your Family” will draw in a younger audience.
“Parents raising kids from infants to age 18 are our bull’s-eye,” Maher said.
The program will stay away from hard-nosed rhetoric on hot-button issues like abortion and gay marriage. This is in keeping with Focus CEO and President Jim Daly’s softer approach to these issues over the past year, the prime example being Focus’ subtle anti-abortion ad during the Super Bowl in February.
“We are gearing the show to reinforce Focus on the Family’s promise of helping families thrive,” Maher said.
Maher has worked for Focus in various positions for 18 years. A wife and mother of two adult children, she has written parenting articles for Focus magazines and spoken at Focus conferences.
The theme of next week’s maiden “Your Family” Webcast is “Making Time for Motherhood.” It will feature three guests — Juli Slattery, a child psychologist and co-host with Daly of the “Focus” radio broadcast, family Christian writer Jill Savage, and popular mommy blogger Jennifer McKinney.
Maher hopes parents will hear a dialogue they can relate to and be part of by calling, e-mailing, texting or tweeting in questions and comments.
But something else will be in the mix not always associated with Focus broadcasts.
“I can guarantee them fun,” Maher said.
“Your Family — Live”
The two-hour Webcast begins at noon Wednsdays on focusonthefamily.com. Shows can then be viewed on the site in the “Your Family” archive.