Admin Staff

Manager/Student Adviser – Rick Mattioni (mattioni@roanoke.edu)

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 (mulford@roanoke.edu)

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- Olivia Sampogna (ofsampogna@mail.roanoke.edu)

Liv Sampogna is a sophomore environmental studies and creative writing double major hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. After joining the WRKE staff in January 2018 to express her passion for music, she quickly took on full-time involvement and accepted the position of Co-Music Director later in the semester. With Elijah as her mentor, Liv will be transitioning into the Program Director position this Spring. Within this job she hopes to continue events that promote student involvement and growth in the staff itself. Outside of WRKE, Liv is a tutor for the Writing Center and an Academic Coach. Back home, she works full-time at a dog daycare and devotes whatever time she has left to her love for live music. She aspires to integrate her love of music into her professional life, though her dream job is to write for National Geographic.

 

Transition Manager- Elijah Wilhelm (emwilhelm@mail.roanoke.edu)

Elijah served as WRKE’s Program Director for two years and is spending his last semester at Roanoke assisting Olivia transition smoothly to her new position. A Roanoke native, Elijah has grown up in the area and with a passion for the Roanoke Valley. 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 hosted and produced many events and oversaw 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. Elijah will be graduating in May with a degree in communications and hopes to stay in broadcasting after school and work as a political analyst.

 

News & Information Director – Natalie Whitney (njwhitney@roanoke.edu)

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.

 

Music Director – Rebecca Mitchell (ramitchell@mail.roanoke.edu)

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.