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.



Program Director- Olivia Sampogna (

Liv Sampogna is a senior environmental studies and creative writing double major hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. After joining the WRKE staff in January 2018 to foster her passion for music, she quickly took on full-time involvement and accepted the position of Co-Music Director later in the semester. She later transitioned to Program Director in Spring of 2019. With this job she hopes to continue events that promote student engagement and growth in the staff and show numbers. Outside of WRKE, Liv is a tutor for the Writing Center, co-managing editor for Roanoke Review literary magazine, and co-chief editor for On Concept’s Edge literary magazine. Back home, she works full-time at a dog daycare and devotes whatever time she has left to her love for live music and art. She aspires to one day integrate her love of music and entertainment into her professional life.


Program Director – Zach Dalton (

Zachary Dalton is a senior majoring in creative writing with a concentration in screen studies. He comes from the far off land of Richmond, Virginia. He’s had over fours years of experience in the radio business and in Fall 2019 became the Assistant Program Director at WRKE. His interest include movies, tv shows, pop culture, and reading the occasional book. He is excited to begin work with the station and make it bigger and better than ever!





Assistant Program Director – Lexi Samuels (

Lexi Samuels is a junior majoring in communications with a concentration in screen writing and a minor in creative writing. She hails from New Jersey and misses the beach immensely. Her love of music led her to WRKE where she has been for the last three years both hosting her own show and training new hosts. Lexi transitioned into Assistant Program Director in the Fall of 2020 and hopes to assume a position in radio after graduation. When she’s not in the station, Lexi is either watering her plants, podcasting, watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, reading/writing poetry or FaceTiming her dog, Korg. 




Marketing Coordinator – Mary Rose Stark (

Mary Rose Stark, a native of Southern Nevada, is a senior majoring in Political Science and International Relations. She has hosted her own radio show, Midnight Coffee, since her freshman year where she plays her favorite alternative jams. Mary Rose began working with WRKE on social media marketing in Spring of 2018 when she assisted in the creation of the station’s Instagram. Since then she has remained involved in the station’s social media growth and is honored to now be the full time Marketing Coordinator for WRKE. Outside of the station, Mary Rose is a member of the Roanoke College Choir and Mainstreet, Roanoke’s women’s a cappella ensemble. She is excited to continue the growth and development of WRKE.