Mark Colbert

Program Director/Host

Mark Colbert has been WUTC's program director for 28 years.  "I love my job.  It's been an exciting experience witnessing the growth of WUTC since its inception in 1986," says Mark.  "Radio technology and music has changed over the years with the help of web streaming and HD2.  I hope to continue to see it prosper."  Mark lives in Chattanooga with his son.  Email Mark at  

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WUTC's Mark Colbert speaks with Dr. Cameron LaBarr, founder and Artistic Director of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, as well as Caitlin Hammond, a vocalist.  The chorus, comprised of professional singers, will perform A Ceremony of Carols at several different East Tennessee locations on December 15th, 16th and 17th.

In this interview, WUTC’s Mark Colbert speaks with Mark Neil, director of Project Inspire, a program designed to quickly train new science and math teachers and put them into Hamilton County classrooms.

Project Inspire has recruitment events coming up on December 17th and 19th.

WUTC's Mark Colbert speaks with professor Monte Coulter about the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Percussion Ensemble's Beat Hunger Concert, coming up November 24th.  Attendees are asked to bring a $2 check donation to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen or to bring two non-perishable food items. 

Chattanooga Zoo

The Chattanooga Zoo has two new arrivals at its Deserts and Forests of the World Exhibition: a pair of roadrunners.  One is named Meeks; the other, in true Looney Tunes style, is named Acme.  WUTC's Mark Colbert visited the zoo to meet the speedy birds.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Music Department will present UTC’s Jazz Band, showcasing a variety of jazz styles from composers Quincy Jones,  Thelonious Monk,  Cootie Williams and others.  Guest vocalists Amy Oaks and Alea Tveit will also perform with The Jazz Band on Wednesday,  November 13th at 7:30 PM.

From a media release:

The UTC Music Department presents the UTC Jazz Band
Dr. Erika Schafer, Director

Since 2010,  Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise has allocated $19 million to prevent home foreclosures in Chattanooga and ten surrounding counties.  Homeowners who are behind on their mortgage (or expect to fall behind) could be eligible for foreclosure-prevention funding.  Homeowners who do not qualify for that may still be eligible for mortgage counseling.

“An Evening Of Opera” will celebrate two anniversaries,  the 200th birth anniversary of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi and the 100th anniversary of British composer Benjamin Britten.  Scenes from both composers will be presented along with other operas.  UTC’s Director Of Opera Perry Ward will also perform with UTC students on Friday,  November 1st at 7:30 PM in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall at UTC’s Fine Arts Center.

The Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Center is holding its 2nd Annual Gems For Hope on Saturday, November 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club.

Until the end of September, several Planet Fitness locations in Chattanooga are donating their $10 sign-up fees to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital.  Funds will be used to renovate rooms in T.C. Thompson’s oncology and hematology clinics.

Photographer/pilot Ron Lowery has taken aerial photos of the Tennessee River from the Appalachian Mountains to Paducah, Kentucky. He is seeking Kickstarter support to publish a coffee table book, Tennessee River:  Sparkling Gem Of The South. 

The Free at Last exhibit explains how Tennessee slaves secured freedom with the help of the Union Army.  Contraband camps controlled by Union Army troops led to the develop of communities throughout Middle and West Tennessee during the Reconstruction Era, between 1865 and 1877.  The four-panel display emphasizes the significance of emancipation as a result of the Civil War.  The exhibit runs through October 1st at the Chattanooga’s Bessie Smith Cultural Center.  

The Biennial 2013 UTC Department of Art Faculty Exhibit is on display at UTC’s Fine Arts Center.  Fifteen UTC faculty members  are showcasing paintings, sculpture, drawings and photography, as well as conceptual and time-based media.  Works are on display inside the Cress Gallery Of Art, located in the lobby of the UTC Fine Arts Center.  The exhibit runs until  Friday, October 4, 2013.

The Lookout Wild Film Festival seeks to showcase short and feature-length films about adventure sports, conservation efforts and exploration activities.

Although the festival won't happen until March 2014, submissions are sought right now.

Project Anti-Bully has developed a social media campaign to help kids and parents talk about bullying.  The campaign is called It’s Not Physical  It’s Personal.

Head Start programs help disadvantaged children prepare for early education in primary school.  But due to federal sequestration efforts, many local kids  will not be able to attend Head Start and Early Head Start programs.  WUTC's Mark Colbert has this report.