Industry News Bits Wed 5-26-21
After nearly three decades of hosting “FamilyLife Today,” FamilyLife’s nationally syndicated radio program, this is host Bob Lepine’s final week. Lepine joined FamilyLife in 1992 after working in local radio for 14 years.
“I don’t think I ever stopped to consider the impact the ministry would have on my life and on my marriage,” Lepine said, reflecting on his time at FamilyLife. “Having the opportunity to be part of deep conversations with so many amazing people, talking about life and relationships and marriage and God week in and week out has marked my life and my family.”
There have been a lot of cultural shifts since FamilyLife debuted in 1992—particularly in regards to marriage, family, gender, and sexuality.
“Of course, what hasn’t changed over these 28 years has been our source for truth—what God has said about the priority of the home and family for human flourishing,” Lepine said. “That’s what we’ve always tried to point people to, regardless of shifting public opinion.”
“You know it’s true—there’s something special about radio that no other media delivers quite so powerfully. The voice I hear every day becomes a friend,” Peggy Campbell, President of Ambassador Advertising said. “In Christian radio the friendship is even deeper. And for many, ‘FamilyLife Today’ listeners (us included!) that’s how we feel about Bob Lepine.”
The Family Radio Network/Appleton, WI CEO Sonia Barham announces she is leaving in August. Barham was named CEO in July 2016 filling the vacancy created by Rick Reyer’s departure in December 2015.
Sonia’s resume includes over 20 years of leadership in planning, administration, fundraising, accounting, communications and marketing. Prior to joining The Family she served as executive director for SOAR Fox Cities, Inc. in Appleton WI, a local nonprofit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Also in 2015, she led SOAR Fox Cities, Inc. through a re-brand (formerly Arc Fox Cities) with a new logo and website which led the agency to win the 2015 Exemplary Marketing award through the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce.
Sonia says, “Although I am sad to leave my family at The Family, I was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity outside of the broadcasting industry. I am forever grateful to the staff and the amazing board of directors for their love and support. If anyone is interested in learning more about my position, I am available until August 31st.”
Terry Hemmings, President and CEO of Provident Entertainment, has been named a 2020-2021 inductee into the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College Alumni Hall of Fame. According to the university, this lifetime award recognizes Gatton alumni who have earned exceptional success within their careers and communities, enhancing the reputation of Gatton College through their outstanding professional achievement, personal accomplishments, and service to their alma mater. The virtual ceremony for all inductees will be held this Thursday, May 27th.
“What a tremendous honor to be inducted into the Business School’s Hall of Fame,” Hemmings shares. “Thinking back on my years at the University of Kentucky, there are so many wonderful memories and many friends I am still in close touch with. That experience, along with the exceptional teaching I received, provided many tools that I still use every day of my professional career. I am so grateful to be included in the Hall of Fame alongside the other distinguished alumni and a few friends who have received this honor in past years.”
Coming up this weekend on the Singing News Top Twenty Weekly Countdown, guest artist appearances from Arthur Rice of The Kingdom Heirs, Karen Peck Gooch of Karen Peck and New River, Mark Bishop, Bryan Walker of Legacy Five, Jim Brady of Jim & Melissa Brady, Jonathan Wilburn of Wilburn & Wilburn and Josh Singletary of Tribute Quartet.
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