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...

  • 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

    Calvin Pynn is a radio reporter, writer, and photographer based in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Originally hailing from the New River Valley, his career has been a continuous back and forth switch between radio broadcasting and print journalism....

  • 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...

  • Freelance Reporter

    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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Business Manager

    Meghann is native to the Shenandoah Valley. She holds a degree in English from the University of Virginia. While at UVa, she volunteered at WUVA-FM and interned in the Marketing Department at John Paul Jones Arena. She first joined WMRA in May...

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