Who We Are

Moody Radio is you—and more than a million other listeners each day. Moody Radio helps you take the next step in your journey with Jesus Christ by creating and delivering practical and life-changing content. We proclaim the Word to all cultures and generations by addressing today's issues from a biblical worldview.

Moody Radio gives you programming in multiple ways—broadcasts, digital apps, streaming Internet stations. Wherever life takes you, Moody Radio is your trusted voice and friend as we journey together.

Our Leadership

Pierre Chestang | Regional Manager, Southern Region

Pierre manages the Moody Radio station in St. Petersburg, Fla., while also serving as a regional manager. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute and earned a communications degree from Columbia College, Chicago. Pierre and his wife, Donata, have been married for more than 30 years; they have four children. He also teaches at the Bible Training Centre for Pastors, a ministry of his church in Tampa, Fla. Pierre enjoys Bible study, great preaching and music, most sports, and photography—especially taking photos of Gulf Coast sunsets.

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Dan Craig | Manager of Programming

Dan was born in San Diego, Calif., and has worked in radio since 1977, including stations in California, Colorado, Ohio, and now Chicago. His experience includes stations formatted as Country Music, Jazz, Adult Contemporary, News Talk, Contemporary Christian, and Christian Teaching/Talk. He has ministered as a church youth director and publicity director, served as a deacon, and directed a church media ministry. He has been married to Vickie for 30 years; they have two adult daughters.

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George Economos | Director of Marketing and Affiliate Relations

George listened to Moody Radio while growing up in the Chicago area; now he directs marketing and affiliate relations for Moody Radio. He graduated from Elmhurst College with a music business degree, performing around the world as a jazz saxophonist. A media veteran with 20 years of radio experience, George previously worked as a producer for National Public Radio and Bonneville Broadcasting. George and his wife live in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, where they enjoy traveling, cooking, and gardening.

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Jennifer Hayden Epperson | Director of Research and Learning

Jennifer started her radio career in her home state of Rhode Island, worked as a station manager in Connecticut and Florida, and was host of TWR’s Women of Hope. Dr. Epperson studied French literature and music in college, earned a graduate degree in broadcast management, and then an EdD in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She serves on the NRB Radio committee and has taught college courses in radio and leadership. She and her husband, Jack, a radio engineer, enjoy their pug dogs and like to travel and serve with ministry organizations.

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Ray Hashley | Regional Manager, North Region

Ray grew up as a missionary kid in Kalamazoo, Mich., then attended Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music, where he majored in Bible and minored in broadcasting. He later earned a ministry and leadership degree from Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Ind. He has worked in Christian radio since 1980, including stations in Grand Rapids, Mich., International Falls, Minn., Traverse City, Mich., and Atlanta, Ga. Ray and his wife, Wendy, now live in Indianapolis. They have three children and six grandchildren. Ray enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, golfing and volunteering as a firefighter and EMT.

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Doug Hastings | General Manager

Doug grew up in Chicago, graduated from Moody’s communications program in 1979, and earned a BA in Radio and TV from Columbia College. He joined Moody Radio in 1981 and has served in marketing, operations, and programming. In his role as general manager, Doug oversees the business, facility, and financial areas of Moody Radio. He lives in Dyer, Ind., with his wife, Nancy; they have two adult children. On the weekends he sings and plays bass guitar in his church’s worship team.

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Collin Lambert | Vice President of Moody Radio

Collin has served at Moody since 2003, including positions in programming, promotions, and as station manager of WMBI-FM and AM. Before joining Moody Radio, he worked in management and hosted various programs on country, talk, Christian, and jazz radio stations in his home state of Texas. Collin has worked in event planning, church media, and fundraising as well. He and his wife, Patti, have three children and live in Aurora, Ill.

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Elsa Mazon | Manager of Radio Moody (Spanish)

Elsa leads Radio Moody, the Spanish network of Moody Radio, consisting of six Moody owned and operated stations and a growing number of affiliates. With a communications degree from Tecnológico de Monterrey and an MA in pastoral studies, she has extensive experience in film, television, radio, and publishing. She hosts the weekly radio program Tu Palabra en Mi (Your Word in Me), cohosts Entre Amigos (Among Friends), and writes for the daily devotional Cada Dia (Each Day), distributed in the U.S. and South America by ReFrame Media.

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Our Affiliations

We connect you with partners who share our passion for advancing the gospel.

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Moody Global Ministries is a higher education and media ministry founded by evangelist D. L. Moody in 1886, equipping people with the truth of God's Word across the globe, cultures and generations.

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Moody Radio is a founding member of the National Religious Broadcasters, a non-partisan international association of Christian media organizations and individuals. NRB is committed to advancing biblical truth, promoting media excellence, and defending free speech.

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Moody Radio is accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, an agency that establishes standards for financial accountability, transparency, fundraising and board governance. Moody Global Ministries is a charter member of the ECFA.

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Our History

In 1926 Moody Radio aired its first broadcast on WMBI in Chicago. Respected as a bold and innovative industry leader, Moody Radio is one of the oldest noncommercial Christian radio stations in the U.S.

Moody’s first broadcasts featured live preaching, Bible teaching, and live music performed by Moody Bible Institute faculty and students. When Crowell Hall was built on the Chicago campus in 1939, the top floors were devoted to new studio space with balconies for audiences to watch the live shows. More than 75 years later, Moody’s famed Studio B is still in use, Chicago’s last surviving studio from the classic era of live production.

Moody Radio’s pioneering approach to gospel music launched the careers of many noted singers and composers, including George Beverly Shea, John W. Peterson, Wendell Loveless, and Donald Hustad. Today Moody continues its innovative and diverse musical programing, including its award-winning Internet channel, Urban Praise.

In the 1930s WMBI began recording and syndicating its programs by mailing them out on giant 16-inch, two-sided transcription discs. The 1950s brought reel-to-reel tapes, followed cassettes in the 1970s. Moody Radio’s syndicated programs became noted for their national influence; in 1944 Moody became a founding member of the National Religious Broadcasters.

In 1958 Moody purchased WCRF in Cleveland, Ohio, leading to expansion that now includes 36 owned and operated stations. Hundreds of other stations are Moody affiliates.

Moody Broadcasting Network became the first satellite distributor of religious broadcasting in 1981. Moody shows were beamed from the Crowell Hall studios to an orbiting RCA Satcom IIIR satellite, transforming the face of local Christian radio. Hundreds of stations across the country gained access to Moody programming.

WMBI-AM pioneered Spanish-language programming with “Radio Esperanza,” switching its Saturday format to all Spanish in 1980. Now part of a growing network of six stations and more affiliates, Radio Moody continues with 24-hour programming from its flagship station in Chicago, WMBI 1110 AM.

After eight decades of constant expansion, Moody’s radio ministry consolidated under a new name in 2008. “Moody Radio” reflects our broadcasting heritage and our future as a worldwide media creator and distributor. Moody Radio continues today as the largest network of Christian radio stations, affiliates, Internet stations, podcasts, and related programming.

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The original sign for the WMBI transmitter site stands in the forground. It says, On this site will be erected the super-power broadcasting station WMBI, owned and operated by the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. In the background, men assemble the new tower for the transmitter.

Construction of the original WMBI transmitter in Addison, Ill. in 1927.

Musicians and radio hosts perform a live broadcast in Moody Radio's Studio A in June 1945.

Musicians and radio hosts perform a live broadcast in Moody Radio's Studio A in June 1945.