Morning News Host
Joey is from Warsaw, VA, part of the historic “Northern Neck”. He began his broadcasting career in 1984. Joey moved to Blacksburg in 1994 and then to Roanoke. He is an avid News / Sports fan and loves hosting the “Roanoke Valley’s Morning News” each weekday morning from 5-9. Joey also works for sister station Q99 weekdays 10-Noon. Joey and wife Sue have two daughters. Maggie 18 and Montgomery 9. Joey is also involved in motorsports, doing track announcing for Nascar events at Martinsville Speedway and Richmond International Raceway. He also worked at Daytona International Speedway for “Speedweek 2012″, including the Daytona 500.
Starr started with WFIR in January 2012 as an intern. By that summer, she began filling in while other reporters were on vacation, and in October 2014, she joined the staff full-time. She now prepares and anchors the newscasts on The Roanoke Valley’s Morning News. After spending a few years in Nevada and North Carolina, Starr has lived in Roanoke for most of her life, graduating from Radford University with a degree in Media Studies. Starr enjoys traveling; her most favorite trip was the two months she spent backpacking around Thailand shortly after graduating from college.
Evan joined WFIR as a part-time reporter in June 2008 and came aboard full-time in May of 2010. Along with his News Director duties, he anchors afternoon newscasts and reports for the Roanoke Valley’s Morning News. Evan has spent more than 40 years in radio and television news in virtually all possible on-air and managerial roles. Most recently before coming to WFIR, 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 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.
Reporter / Anchor
Gene is a long-time radio, print and cable TV journalist in the Roanoke Valley with a background in commercial and public radio going back almost 20 years. He anchors late-morning and mid-afternoon newscasts and prepares reports that run throughout the day. Now on his second tour with WFIR as a news reporter and anchor, he has won several awards for local news coverage over the years, including two selections to the Virginia School Boards Association “Media Honor Roll”. In his spare time, Gene likes to run; he’s also appeared on stage in several plays and paints when inspired. The father of four (and first time granddad in late 2015!) spent many years in various sectors of the sales and manufacturing world before turning his attention full-time to journalism.
Ian joined WFIR as a part-time employee in October 2014, operating the board for sporting events and filling in on local programming like The Greg Roberts Show. He began full-time as the overnight reporter almost a year to the day later in October 2015. He reports for the morning news and manages information posted on WFIRNews.com. Ian grew up in Vinton, graduating from William Byrd High School in 2009. He then attended Radford University where he graduated in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication. Ian spends his time away from work watching as much football as he can and playing bass guitar.