A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony took place Friday for Moody Radio Chattanooga’s newly renovated office and studios. The ceremony celebrated and reopened the station’s building after a year of renovations following extensive fire damage in February 2018.
“It has been a long process,” said Brent Manion, station manager for Moody Radio Chattanooga. “I want to personally thank the listeners, our ministry partners and churches, colleagues and others for their support, prayers and encouragement.
Shortly before 10pm on Feb. 20, 2018, a fire broke out in the office portion of Moody Radio’s building due to two faulty nine-volt batteries on a desk. Thick smoke circulated throughout the entire building via the HVAC system, causing extensive damage to all the equipment and studio space, rendering them useless, the station explained in a release.
After using a temporary trailer on-site to work and broadcast, in April 2018, Precept Ministries International, led by Kay Arthur—a longtime friend and partner of Moody Radio—had space available on its 30-acre campus in Chattanooga.
“To be able to lease not only sufficient office space from a friend and partnering ministry, but one that was built specifically for broadcast media, was an incredible blessing,” Hastings added. “We are extremely grateful to Kay and our friends at Precept Ministries for their gracious hospitality and standing with us during a challenging time.”
Listeners, former Moody Radio staff and hosts, local leaders and area pastors were on hand for the Sept. 13 ceremony that officially reopened the building, which was broadcast live on WMBW (88.9).
As part of the renovations to the 2,800-square-foot building, Moody Radio was able to make needed upgrades to its exterior brick, HVAC, lighting, studios and technical operations center to create a more efficient, welcoming and secure space.
Moody Radio is one of the oldest Christian radio networks in the U.S., airing its first broadcast in 1926 in Chicago. Parent Moody Bible Institute owns about 40 radio stations, 30 FM translators and six internet stations. Some 1,600 network affiliates also carry its programming.