Admin Staff

Manager/Student Adviser – Rick Mattioni (

Rick comes to Roanoke College with over 43 years of experience in broadcasting. Rick has been a program director/digital content manager, a news and public affairs director, a news producer, a program host, a news anchor, and a reporter for both commercial and non-commercial stations. At WRKE, Rick oversees the operation of WRKE and coordinates with students and college staff to conduct broadcasting operations as a public service from Roanoke College and adheres to the station’s mission as a resource for students, the college community and city of license (Salem). Rick serves as an adjunct faculty member at Roanoke and works closely with student leaders at WRKE to shape the station’s image and sound.



Chief Engineer- David Mulford (

David is the behind the scenes technical guru of WRKE-LP.  He officially “christened” the station in 2003 when he applied to the FCC for WRKE’s on-air license, and spent many hours wiring and assembling WRKE’s technical infrastructure.  David has a 30-year background in Telecom, IT and AV, which has helped him to keep WRKE up to date with the latest in radio hardware and software as well as streaming.  David’s involvement in college radio started in 1986 when he was a DJ at Appalachian State University’s WASU-FM, and it was his love of college radio that inspired him to help start WRKE. David is currently the Media Technology Director at Roanoke, and has been helping students and faculty with all kinds of audio and video media since 1996. He also occasionally teaches Television Media Production courses at the college.


Program Director- Elijah Wilhelm (

A Roanoke native, Elijah has grown up in the area and with a passion for the Roanoke Valley. Elijah is in his final year at Roanoke and is majoring in Communications. Elijah has worked for the station since October of 2015 serving as both a DJ and as News & Information Director before becoming program director. As program director he has hosted and produced many events and has overseen huge growth for the station in both staff and outreach. He was named the manager of the year for the 2017/18 school year for his work with the station. Outside of WRKE, Elijah is the public address announcer for Roanoke’s athletic events, and has also announced for the Salem Red Sox, the Salem Civic Center, the NCAA WLAX National Championships, and area high schools. With an interest in news & politics, Elijah hopes to stay in broadcasting after school and work as a political analyst.


Assistant Program Director – Jessica Shelburne (

Born and raised in southwest Virginia, Jessica has grown up in close proximity to Roanoke College. Jessica is a sophomore, and although she is undecided, she plans to either major in Business Administration with hopes of becoming a marketing professor, or take the pre-med track and major in Biology to become an orthopedic surgeon. Aside from WRKE, Jessica is a member of the Roanoke College Dance Team and multiple on-campus clubs. She enjoys community involvement such as volunteering with political campaigns and visiting nursing homes where she sings and plays her guitar. 



News & Information Director – Natalie Whitney (

Natalie ventured from a small town off the coast of Maine, to the Roanoke Valley in search of the sun and a change of scenery. Natalie is a junior double majoring in Spanish and Public Health with the hopes of continuing onto graduate school for Occupational Therapy. Outside of WRKE, Natalie wants to see the world and has made it a priority during her time here at Roanoke College to take advantage of the study abroad program and utilize the Spanish language. Additionally, she is involved in one of the three acapella groups on campus called the RoaNotes, and is working to develop a social media audience for the group.



Co-Music Director – Olivia Sampogna (

Olivia is a sophomore hailing from Mount Airy, Maryland. Her hometown’s various music venues allowed to her develop a love for live music and cover artists. At Roanoke College, Olivia is a double major in creative writing and environmental studies with a dream job of working for National Geographic or writing children’s books. Her other interests include painting, knitting, and making extensive Spotify playlists!




Co-Music Director – Rebecca Mitchell (

Rebecca joins WRKE from just up the road in Danville, Virginia and is in her second year at Roanoke. She is perusing a career in Veterinarian Medicine with a major in Biochemistry a minor in French. Becca loves to travel, expand her knowledge and creativity with photography, play with animals (especially dogs), and go thrift shopping. She danced for fourteen years back home at Danville Academy of Dance and has been president of Pittsylvania County 4-H Club for two years now.