Jim Kent
News Director/
Morning News Anchor

Jim joined WFIR News/Talk 960 in January of 2008.

Jim grew up in Ashland, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, and got his start in journalism working at Richmond radio stations WRVA and WRNL. He worked at television stations in Lynchburg, Portsmouth and Baton Rouge, Louisiana before coming to Roanoke in 1977. For most of his time in Roanoke, Jim was news director at WDBJ-7 Television.

Velvet Hall
Producer/Reporter

Velvet is a Botetourt County native and graduate of James River High School. After 12 years as a licensed insurance agent, Velvet went back to school. She graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg. She has a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Communications. While at Liberty, Velvet traveled to Israel with a group of about 1,500 students.

Velvet’s radio career started in the summer of 1999 as the assistant to Q99’s Promotions Director. During that time, she also served as an assistant and back-up for the announcer at the New River Valley Speedway (now the Motor Mile Speedway) in Radford.

Velvet started as a part-time reporter and board operator for WFIR in August 2005. She then went on to produce the Roanoke Valley’s Morning News, and anchor the morning news for WFIR’s sister station Vibe 100.   Velvet now continues her reporting responsibilities and produces Greg Roberts Live.

In her spare time, Velvet enjoys watching and going to NASCAR races. She also loves to read most anything that’s fact based, such as biographies.

Evan Jones
Anchor/Reporter

Evan joined WFIR as a part-time reporter in June 2008 and came aboard full-time in May of 2010. He currently anchors afternoon newscasts and reports for the morning news.

Evan has spent more than 30 years in radio and television news in virtually all possible on-air and managerial roles. Most recently, he served as Executive Producer at WDBJ television.

Evan grew up in New England, graduating from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in Mass Communications. His wife Erin teaches middle and high school mathematics, and they have two grown children. When he is not at work, Evan devotes entirely too much time toward planning his next vacation — his travels include visits to 49 states.

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