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 afte...

  • 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 outle...

  • 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 me...

  • 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 V...

  • 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 ne...

  • 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 end...

  • 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 firsthan...

  • 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 b...

  • 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 20 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 Sc...

  • 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 m...

  • Freelance Reporter

  • Freelance Reporter

  • Host, AirPlay

    Kimberlea Daggy has spent the last twenty-five years as a classical music announcer/producer for various public radio stations.  She began her career as an announcer at WILL in Urbana, IL, then served as Music Director at WFDD in Winston-Salem,...

  • Freelance Reporter

    Luanne Austin is a freelance writer who lives in Mount Sidney. She was on staff at the Daily News-Record for 16 years and continues to write a weekly column for the paper. She also writes and edits film scripts, web content, educational materia...

  • Freelance Reporter

  • Host

    Martha is both a college dropout (Mount Holyoke) and a graduate school dropout (the University of Virginia).

    Her first real job was as a teacher’s aide in a pi...

  • Assistant General Manager, Programming / All Things Considered Host

    Matt Bingay is Assistant General Manager for Programming on WMRA and WEMC and the local host for All Things Considered.

    Matt began working for WMRA as a student at James Madison University in 1992.  And except for a brief year at New Ham...

  • Business Manager

    Meghann is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has been with WMRA since May 2013, first as Development Associate and currently as Business Manager.  Meghann has responsibility for Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable for WMRA and W...

  • Saturday Morning Announcer

    An alumnus of University of Louisiana, Mike Mehling began his career pursuing television, but eventually found radio more fulfilling.  He started on-the-air as a part-time disc jockey at 93QID, in Louisiana, but landed his big break with the co...

  • Freelance Reporter

  • Membership and Volunteer Services Manager

    Originally from Blacksburg and Roanoke, Scott has been a broadcaster for more than three decades.  Starting in 1985 as a DJ at WSLQ/WSLC, and moving to the valley in 1989, his broadcasting career progressed through a variety of air personality ...

  • Freelance Reporter

    Sefe Emokpae is a May 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in broadcast journalism. At UNC, Sefe was an active leader in the journalism community and has covered stories ranging from Michelle Obama'...

  • Underwriting Account Executive

    Susie has lived in the Shenandoah Valley for over 25 years.  She enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with their children and grandchildren; she's also a voracious reader.

    Born in North Carolina, she worked for IBM, and th...

  • Acoustic Cafe Host & Music Director