Member Spotlight – Sonia Barham

What led you to a career in the radio industry? 

My husband. ? He’s the one who found the job posting and encouraged me to pursue it! But in all seriousness, music has had a deep impact in my life.  As a 14-year-old teen who immigrated from Brazil to the U.S. and couldn’t speak the language, radio became a friend and often an English tutor!

When my family and I decided to accept this job at The Family, we knew that it was more than what you hear on the radio. It was the privilege and opportunity to be used by God to connect people with Jesus. I am so grateful for this unique opportunity through this platform we call radio.

What advice would you give people new to the business? 

Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. I am surrounded by smart people. Reach out to respected leadersand ask ‘stupid’ questions.  People are always willing to help and answer questions. In addition, I probably subscribed to all things ‘radio’, Christian radio, broadcasting, programming, signed up for webinars, etc.

Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact? 

This will be an unusual answer, I know. We LOVE our on-air talents, but I want to give a shout out to EVERYONE who does not sit in front of a microphone. I want to recognize the admins of our world, the accountants, the copywriters, the ones working in traffic, the janitors, the ones working on production, social media, programming and promotion (and anyone else I missed). They are our unsung heroes. Without them, we would not be able to be on-air and give our on-air talents a platform in which to impact lives for Jesus. Thank you!

Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career. 

Besides trying to balance my calendar with work, family, extra-curricular activities, volunteering and what’s for dinner? ? How about surviving in male dominated industries throughout my career? Nah, those are boring.

Well, I would say that it was launching a for-profit arm of a non-profit organization to help individuals with high functioning Autism to be employed in the I.T. field. We are all made in the image of God and gifted with so many abilities, but people with developmental disabilities are often judged and misunderstood, but so so gifted.  “Change how you see and see how you change.” Rick Guidotti.

Tell us about a story of a Christian song that made a difference in your life or the life of a listener. 

“While I’m Waiting” by John Waller. I had just relocated to Appleton, I was a single parent and after being employed for 8 months, the first wave of layoffs came in 2008. This happened after a broken engagement, and two mortgages since we had just moved. Let’s just say that God and I had lots of ‘discussions’ during that season, but that song helped me keep the main thing the main thing. While I’m waiting, I am going to worship, I am going to serve Him, I am going to be patience though it is painful, I will walk in obedience, bold and confident, I will continue to run the race. Why? Because our God is trustworthy, and He is greater than anything that happens or is taken away from our lives. So, if you’re reading this and you’re in a tough season, just remember that He is trustworthy, His promises are true, and patiently wait for Him. His plans are ALWAYS better than ours.

Sonia Barham
CEO, The Family Radio Network, Inc.
CMB Silver Member Since 2016

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