People

  • Executive Director

    Al Bartholet was named Executive Director of WMRA/WEMC Public Radio on July 1, 2013. Previously, Al was Executive Director and General Manager of WKSU, Kent State University’s public radio station.  He was promoted to that position in 1999...

  • Freelance Reporter

    Amy Loeffler is a Virginia-based videographer, writer, and reporter.  She covers food, lifestyle, and agriculture trends throughout the commonwealth.  Prior to reporting for WMRA she worked on freelance projects for print and online media...

  • Freelance Reporter

    Andrew Jenner is a former freelance reporter for WMRA.  In July 2015, he moved with his family to Brazil. He worked on the staff of two newspapers in the Shenandoah Valley before going freelance more than five years ago. Andrew has written for ...

  • Underwriting Account Executive

    Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, Ashley McCoy grew up in a small business environment, surrounded by creativity.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from JMU in 2003.  

    She began her career in advertising as a...

  • Director of Engineering
  • News Director / Morning Edition Host

    Bob Leweke is WMRA's News Director and Morning Edition host.

    Before coming to public radio in 2003, Bob had worked for The Roanoke Times as a circulation manager and writer.  He later became a member of the...

  • Bob's Record Shelf Host (Volunteer)

    Bob was born and raised in Richmond. Following college, he taught in the Music Department at Virginia Commonwealth University for seven years before moving to Port Republic in 1977. He was the Director of Federal Job Training Programs for the...

  • Freelance Reporter

    Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Brit is a graduate of San Francisco State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts. There, she was involved in the student-run weekly...

  • Freelance Reporter

    Along with teaching seventh grade English now for more than a decade, Christopher Clymer Kurtz writes music, plays guitar, and sings for his alternative pop/rock band, commutes by bicycle whenever he can, helps his young kids clean up their...

  • IT Manager

    Dan Easley was born just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio–and into radio. Dan grew up actively engaged in his father’s livelihood–public broadcasting–which meant traveling distances ranging from Ohio to Virginia, Pennsylvania to Alaska. His...

  • Part-Time Announcer and Freelance Reporter

    David Doremus recently relocated to the Shenandoah Valley from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He brings several decades of experience as a corporate communications and media relations practitioner, and as a reporter and editor for both print and...

  • Assistant General Manager, Development & Business Administration

    Contact Diane for information on Leadership Circle (major giving), membership, sustainers, corporate support, vehicle donations, bequests and stock gifts.  Diane has worked in both public radio and public television, for over 27 years.  Before...

  • Dick's Friday Classics Host (Volunteer)

    Dick Jamison was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland After graduation from high school, he immediately dived into a career in radio, working at several radio stations in Maryland and Illinois. After service in the Army during the Korean War...

  • Emily Richardson-Lorente is an award-winning video producer, who finally followed her passion and leapt into public radio in 2014. She grew up in Rhode Island with 3 brothers and 6 parents, and went to Syracuse University on a National Merit...

  • Freelance reporter

  • Blues Valley Host (Volunteer)

    Greg Versen was born and reared in Vicksburg, Mississippi, which is located on the Mississippi River at the southern end of the Mississippi Delta. The Mississippi Delta is reputed to have its beginning in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel, Memphis...

  • Freelance Reporter

  • Mostly Mennonite, Mostly Accapella Host (Volunteer)

    John Horst grew up in Scottdale PA (about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh) in the Mennonite Publishing House era back in the 40’s and 50’s.  In the Fall of 1956 he came to Eastern Mennonite College (now EMU) in Harrisonburg VA, studying math and...

  • Freelance Reporter

  • Freelance Reporter

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