Focus on the Family founder James Dobson has retired as host of the organization's radio show, but he's got no plans to end his anti-gay rhetoric after 33 years.

Dobson ascended to prominence with a socially conservative anti-gay message. With publications such as Citizen Link and radio broadcasts the group continues to voice its opposition to any pro-gay legislation, including the recent decision to broaden the federal definition of hate crimes to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Dobson also leads the movement to have openly gay safe schools czar Kevin Jennings axed by the Obama administration.

Last February, Dobson stepped down as chairman of the Colorado-based group he founded in 1977 but remained the group's primary radio voice. Surrender of the radio booth completes an 8-year transfer of power.

“Doctor [Dobson] wanted to hand the reins over so Focus could do its core mission – continue to do its core mission – yet he still feels he has things to say to the culture,” Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus, said Monday during the broadcast. “And that's why he will start just a radio effort, so he can continue to speak to the culture.”

Focus will devote a week's worth of radio time to Dobson's final farewell.

But the 73-year-old won't be straying too far. With the financial support of Focus, Dobson will head up a new group and co-cost a new radio program with his son, Ryan, who runs KOR World Ministries.

Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out, a group he founded to combat anti-gay social conservatives, told On Top Magazine in November that a cooling off of the culture wars wouldn't follow Dobson's announced retirement. After naming several potential successors – including Rick Warren, Sarah Palin and NOM's Maggie Gallagher – he said: “So, there is hardly time to throw a victory parade.”

And Besen said he believes Dobson is likely to escalate his anti-gay message.

“I predict that Dobson's new venture will be more hard core than Focus on the Family,” he said in an email. “He will have fewer constraints and will use it as a platform to spew anti-gay views and promote anachronistic ideas.”