Rick is an Orange County, CA native-turned Midwesterner. Even as a little boy growing up in suburban Chicago, Rick dreamed of being on the radio. After finishing school, Rick packed up his things and realized his love for radio, stopping in cities such as Peoria, Rockford, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, New York City… only before returning home to Chicago.
Rick is married to his high school sweetheart, Sarah. On the advice of everyone around him, Rick avoided drinking the water while honeymooning in Mexico. However, Rick failed to heed one important fact – wearing your wedding ring in the ocean isn’t a great idea. While boogie boarding, his ring slipped off and went out to sea. It was nowhere to be found.
Rick and Sarah have a daughter, June, and son, Marshall. Chances are you’ll find the two of them together enjoying their favorite meal of the day, breakfast, or sipping a latte at an eclectic coffeehouse.
Joe was born in the wild untamed wilderness of Chicagoland and fought tooth and nail to not fall victim to the Chicago accent...to varying degrees of success. He became a Christian in 2003 and continues to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord...to varying degrees of success. He knows when you listen to the Praise & Worship Channel you will definitely be encouraged and strengthened by the music you hear. He also believes you'll find him both hilarious and relatable...to varying degrees of success. Joe, his wife, and his dog all share a house along with a cat who claims to own the place.
Follow Joe on Instagram for mostly pictures of his pets.
Donna Leland has hosted music for Moody Radio since 1988. She lived through the days of placing the needle on the record and loading CDs. Technology has made the hosting less stressful and more restful.
She lives with her husband Tom, retired Chicago Police Department sergeant. After homeschooling her four children, she has more time to spend connecting with her listeners.
Jon Hemmer has been a Chicago native his entire life... Actually, change that to “Chicago Suburb Native.” However, he has been working in Chicago for the past 20 years, and he isn’t shy when it comes to discussing his favorite Chicago foods… he’s also been a Chicago Bears fan for as long as he can remember.
When he’s not on Moody radio, you could probably find Jon hanging out with his wife Cari and their Golden Doodle Charlie. Coming from a musical family, he has been a drummer for 30 years… Wow! That makes him sound really old. He loves music and besides drumming for several churches in the Chicago area, you might find him doing studio session work playing the drums or keyboards. Besides playing, he likes creating audio along with DJing…
Besides music, Jon loves movies and he has found himself to be an avid reader over the past couple of years. Who would have thought?
Feel free to send Jon an email. Thanks for listening!!
Bill is a veteran broadcaster with a background in both general market and Christian radio. He also holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and spent several years serving low-income children and families at a Los Angeles County community mental health clinic.
Many Moody Radio listeners may be familiar with Bill's work for Focus on the Family. During his time at Focus, Bill hosted the “Weekend Magazine” program, the “Family Minute with Dr. Bill Maier” and the “Family Insights” TV news feature. He also served as Dr. James Dobson’s primary fill-in host on the Focus on the Family daily broadcast.
Most recently, Bill hosted the morning shows at KSBJ Radio in Houston and The Faith Radio Network in Minneapolis. He joined Moody Radio's "Praise and Worship Channel" in May of 2019.
Bill and his wife Lisa have three energetic kids and an even MORE energetic Labroodle named "Sparky." They make their home in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
Diana is a seasoned and awarded Chicago radio veteran, with several decades behind the mic. She has been a host on the Praise and Worship Channel since it began and currently hosts Saturday and Sunday mornings. Diana is also the Coordinating Producer for Moody Radio Chicago's morning show, Karl and Crew. She is a graduate of the University of Evansville and was blessed to also study in England. Diana is an advocate for orphan care and foster parenting, and her passions include missions in South America, the Chicago Cubs, and her Greek heritage. During her free time, Diana enjoys theater, dance, time with her family, and working on her two features "Let's Di'alogue" and "Mom'ents."
Steven has had the wonderful opportunity to call Chicago his home. Music has been a part of his life from a very young age. As a drummer, Steven has played with many churches and groups and loves being in the studio laying down some tracks. If you listen closely…you will hear him banging on the desk with the music. Steven has a passion for radio and has been an audio producer professionally for over 10 years. In his free time, Steven is a die-hard NFL football fan, and during the season you can always find him with his wife and three kids, enjoying some games and talking highlights.
Tricia McMillan is the senior producer of Chris Fabry Live and Open Line with Dr. Michael Rydelnik. She has worked at Moody Radio since 2000 on a variety of programs. She is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and has a Master of Ministry from Moody Theological Seminary. Tricia is married to Nate, has three children and lives in the Chicago suburbs.