Mark Colbert

Program Director

Mark Colbert has been WUTC's program director for 26 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  



Thu November 21, 2013

They've Got Coyotes. Now Roadrunners Arrive at Chattanooga Zoo

Acme and Meeks, a pair of roadrunners, look around their new home at the Chattanooga Zoo.
Credit 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.

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Wed November 6, 2013

Free UTC Jazz Band Concert Coming Up 11/13

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

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Thu October 31, 2013

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise Programs Can Help Prevent Home Foreclosures

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.

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Mon October 28, 2013

UTC Department of Opera Presents 'An Evening Of Opera Scenes' 11/1

“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.

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Thu October 24, 2013

On 11/2, 'Gems For Hope' Benefits Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects 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.

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Thu September 26, 2013

This September, Planet Fitness Donates Funds To T.C. Thompson’s Children Hospital

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.

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Thu September 5, 2013

Kickstarter Funds Sought for 'Tennessee River: Sparkling Gem of the South'

Ron Lowery is seeking Kickstarter support to publish his book 'Tennessee River: Sparkling Gem of the South.'

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. 

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Wed August 28, 2013
Civil War History

Traveling 'Free at Last' Exhibit Comes to Bessie Smith Cultural Center

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.  


Tue August 27, 2013
Arts & Culture

Vibrant Color & Contrast Characterize 2013 UTC Department of Art Faculty Exhibition

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.


Wed August 14, 2013

2014 Lookout Wild Film Festival Seeks Submissions

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.


Mon August 5, 2013

New Public Service Awareness Campaign Helps Kids, Parents Discuss Bullying and Cyberbullying

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.

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Fri August 2, 2013

Federal Deficit Reduction Efforts Could Eliminate 1,200 Tennessee Children From Head Start

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.


Wed July 24, 2013

2013 Kids Count Report Ranks Tennessee 39th in Overall Child Well-Being

The 2013 Kids Count report examines the well-being of children and teens in all 50 states.  The report revealed that Tennessee has improved in the economic well-being of children compared to 2012 and ranked 16th nationwide in health.  However, Tennessee ranked near the bottom in education.



Tue July 16, 2013

Demolished Poss Homes Could Be Site For New Howard High School Track & Field Stadium

A group called Friends Of Howard High School is working with local and state officials to garner support for a new school stadium. The facility could be used for band, football, track and field activities and could be an enhancement to Chattanooga's Southside.


Mon July 15, 2013

Chattanooga Senior Care Company Helps Caregivers Cope With Mental, Physical Stress

Home Instead Senior Care Of Chattanooga has launched Family Caregiver Stress Relief, a public awareness campaign to assist home caregivers.  Caregivers can use tools that identify the role of a caregiver and determine risks of emotional and physical issues.