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Our Team

Brent Manion | Station Manager

Brent is a 1997 graduate of Calvary Bible College whose passion is to reach others with the gospel of Christ and encourage them in their faith. Brent has served on air and provided production services for Christian radio stations across the country.  Recognized by his peers, Brent was a finalist for Christian Music Broadcasters National Air Personality of the Year in 2011. When he's not at the office you'll find Brent playing softball or riding bikes with his family, enjoying board games with his wife Michelle, or helping with disaster relief through his local church.

Juanell Rice | Receptionist

After listening to 88.9 Moody Radio for many years, Juanell began serving as office administrator in 2007. Now in retirement, she continues to serve part time in the office. Juanell is also active in the music ministry at her local church and loves spending time with her grandchildren.

Tabi Upton | Morning Host

Tabi (pronounced "tob-by") Upton graduated from Biola University with a BA in psychology and from Colorado Christian University with an MA in counseling.  She has worked with families facing all types of life challenges, counseled military children living outside the U.S., and met with inmates in a local jail.  In addition to being a regular guest on local radio stations, her column, Mind Matters, ran in the Chattanooga Times Free Press for 13 years.  Tabi loves to laugh and find the humor in everyday moments of life. Most importantly, she is excited to be able to share God's love and encouragement from Scripture with the listeners of Moody Radio Chattanooga.

Patrick Core| Weather

Chief Meteorologist Patrick Core loves living in the Tennessee Valley. Originally from Folsom, Louisiana, Patrick is a husband and father of three who enjoys the outdoors, fishing, gardening and any kind of sport. Patrick also enjoys spending time with his family. In addition to serving at 88.9 Moody Radio, Patrick has been the chief meteorologist at WDEF News 12 Now since 1990  following a four-year stint at the Weather Channel, and WALB in Albany, Georgia.

Paul Martin| Senior Announcer

As the son of a pastor, Paul had the privilege of growing up in Louisiana, Montana and Kansas. The seeds of a radio career began while listing to late-night AM radio from around the country. After receiving a communications degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, he worked on a masters in Bible from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Paul has worked in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at KNRB and KCBI and in Southern Minnesota at KJLY before bringing his family to Chattanooga to join Moody Radio in 2001.

Whitney Blomberg | Office Administrator

Whitney has loved radio since she grew up learning to operate “the board” and “pulling tracks” for her dad during his many years in Christian radio. It’s a privilege for her to serve at Moody Radio Chattanooga as the Office Administrator. She has been married to Duane for 10 years and they are expecting their first child in April 2020. Together they serve in their church’s children’s program, and she is also involved in the creative arts and video production ministry.

Tim Kochis | Engineer

Tim learned the tricks of the trade working in the trenches side by side under the watchful care of other incredibly talented people. Tim has been involved in Radio, Internet Media & Television Programming, Marketing, and Engineering for over 25 years. In addition to serving at 88.9 Moody Radio, Tim enjoys local men’s Bible studies and volunteering in his local church.

JC Groves | Host

In addition to serving part time on the air at 88.9 Moody Radio, JC serves full time as campus pastor at Rock Bridge Community Church in Ringgold, Georgia. JC loves teaching God’s word and living out the gospel with his wife Kimberly and their 6 children.