Wooding Report: Dick Staub Leaves KGNW

Effective January 3rd Dick Staub left his 3-Hour Daily broadcast of the Dick Staub Show to concentrate his efforts on the Center for Faith and Culture he founded in 1997.

In later January 2004 he launches a web-cast of Dick Staub Interviews at dickstaub.com. Those interested in receiving updates about Dick’s work AND invitations to local events sponsored by the Center for Faith and Culture should Register for CW (see left column under Culturewatch.) or e-mail dss@dickstaub.com and request to be placed on the list.

Below is an article by veteran journalist Dan Wooding

Broadcaster Dick Staub Moves On

By Dan Wooding

SEATTLE, WA (ANS) — Since 1987, the intelligent, informative and slightly irreverent Dick Staub Show has been serving up a wonderful blend of insights regarding life on planet earth to audiences across America.

In a show where “belief meets real life” listeners have been challenged to think through their beliefs on issues drawn from the headlines, new movies and music releases from the popular culture or interviews with best-selling authors.

The Dick Staub Show first originated from NBC affiliate KING Broadcasting in Seattle starting in 1987. In 1991 The Dick Staub Show moved to Chicago launching as a local show and then as an SRN nationally syndicated, daily afternoon drive-time show. In 1999 The Dick Staub Show then moved back to Seattle where it originated from radio station KGNW.

His award winning signature interviews, which have been described as “a cross between Studs Terkel and Charlie Rose, have resulted in numerous honors including the Cardinal’s Award for excellence in broadcasting. Each Tuesday a current Dick Staub Interview is featured at christianitytoday.com.

But now, after years of interviewing the shapers of American culture-authors, business leaders, educators, politicians, futurists, theologians, filmmakers, musicians and trend-watchers, Dick Staub is leaving the airwaves for the time being in a bid to help the American Christian public think through their faith.

“I am a fully devoted disciple of Jesus Christ who is called to think, live and communicate from the intersection of faith and culture. My work has allowed me a macro overview of both faith and culture and I am troubled by what I see,” he said.

“I am distressed about American Christianity where beliefs and behavior reveal ignorance about what it means to be a fully devoted disciple of Jesus Christ and about what it means to be a loving, transforming presence in culture. Instead of influencing culture, Christians are often impotent–cocooned, combative or conformed to culture.

“This at a time when spiritual lost-ness and yearning are revealed daily in our culture through the arts (movies, books, music, games); through the news and events of the day; and through the people we meet in everyday life. I think God is distressed by this. I feel it and need to do something more about it.”

DRAWN TO THE NEXT GENERATION

“At the age of 55, my thoughts are especially drawn to the next generation which has been overwhelmed by popular culture, is rejecting the inauthentic expressions of faith they’ve seen in their church and home, and are often relatively clueless about the alternative, which is nothing short of a radical departure from what is today called Christianity.

“I can envision a generation of Christians for whom it is considered normative to devote themselves fully to Jesus Christ, to be fully engaged in faith and culture, to ¢â‚¬Ëœget it’ about both faith and culture; to be biblically and appropriately culturally literate; to be shrewd and discerning in culture; to fulfill their calling as artists in, aliens from and ambassadors to culture; to possess special skills to fulfill their calling.”

In 1997 Staub founded the Center for Faith and Culture to help people understand and communicate their beliefs in the context of popular culture. The dickstaub.com web site blends commentary on faith and culture with provocative quotes and articles useful to what he calls the “culturally savvy Christian.”

The web site reflects what listeners already know about Dick Staub. He is a man who loves learning about people’s ideas and the personal journey that shaped their views. He is an engaging, broadly informed listener who consumes a vast amount of information each day and has communicated his observations and insights as a broadcaster, writer and public speaker.

For Dick Staub’s legion of listeners will miss his on-air fun loving, mere mortal personality there is good news, “In January (2004) we will launch an available-on-demand, weekly web-cast of interviews with cultural influencers.”

WHAT”S NEXT?

Asked WHAT”S NEXT? Staub said,
1) PRAY and listen to the voice of God.

2) RESEARCH AND STUDY. “I need to continue my work of recovering a sound understanding of the thoughtful, practical and actionable integration of faith and culture through reflection and study,”

3) WRITE HIS NEXT BOOK. He has already written one book titled “Too Christian, Too Pagan,” the thesis of which is that if you truly follow Jesus you will seem “too pagan for your Christian friends and too Christian for your pagan friends.” Now he now plans to write a second book on the topic of “Culturally Savvy Christianity.”

4) COMMUNICATE IN MANY WAYS what he has learned. “I plan to teach, speak, articulate, explain, inspire, motivate, encourage, present, instruct, consult and teach the next generation and those who influence them.

When asked how he will fund these efforts it is clear Staub is no stranger to stepping out in faith. Staub says that he realizes that he needs to be paid for what he does. “I do not know specifically how this will happen,” he said. “Very few make a living writing books and speaking. Perhaps an alliance with a like-minded organization like a Christian University or Seminary is the ticket, or maybe CFC will receive sufficient funding. I just know I have to be faithful to what God has weighed on my heart.

Staub graduated cum laud from Simpson College and Gordon-Conwell Seminary and took additional courses at Harvard Divinity School and University of Washington. His educational emphasis included Communications, Philosophy, and History. He loves to learn but finds many academics possess “a lot of degrees but no temperature.”

Dick Staub says that he is “joyously married” to Kathy with four kids (Josh, Jessica, Heidi and Molly) a granddaughter and grandson (Mia & Eli) a daughter-in-law (Bonnie) and a West Highland Terrier (Keltie).

You can find out more about Dick Staub on his website which is www.dickstaub.com and you can e-mail him at dsjr@dickstaub.com

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