Arts, Leisure and Sports

US Senator Tim Kaine is not a novice when it comes to the Appalachian Trail – in fact he’s hiked the entire length of the A-T in segments through Virginia. Today, after riding the shuttle from Salem, Kaine stopped by the closed parking lot at the McAfee Knob trailhead, where a new pedestrian bridge is going up. In fact more than a half-dozen agencies, governments and non-profits are working to erect that pedestrian bridge over route 311 and then eventually to pave the parking lot. Kaine also discussed federal funding that is earmarked for national parks and forests, including infrastructure needs along the Appalachian Trail.




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For two weeks Virginia Tech women’s basketball fans have been wondering – would All-American center Liz Kitley be recovered from an apparent knee injury in time for the NCAA post-season tournament. This morning a day ahead of the Hokies opening round game versus Marshall – head coach Kenny Brooks delivered some bad news. Brooks revealed that Kitley tore her ACL. Its “all hands on deck,” says Brooks for tomorrow’s game against Marshall, which WFIR will air at 3:30.


ROANOKE, VA – Downtown Roanoke, Inc. (DRI) proudly announces the highly anticipated return of the Budweiser Summer Concert Series at Elmwood Park, kicking off with multi-Platinum country rocker Brantley Gilbert headlining the stage on Sunday, June 30, 2024.

General Admission Tickets to see Brantley Gilbert are $39 plus taxes and fees.  Tickets go on sale Friday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m.  A presale is available for Gold & Silver and Bronze Fan Club Members from March 20-21.

Tickets are available through Etix, full details and ticketing link can be found at

The Budweiser Summer Series is sponsored by Budweiser, Freedom First Credit Union, 94.9 Star Country, and WDBJ7. For more information, please visit

About Brantley Gilbert

With a grassroots following millions strong, multi-Platinum country rocker Brantley Gilbert has mined a rich vein of conflict between the party and the pew on all his albums, with his music being adopted as the soundtrack to both Saturday night and Sunday morning by audiences around the world

Roanoke creatives a national arts organization wants to hear from you. The results of a survey through could bring affordable housing and workplaces for creatives to the area. The only caveat is the survey closes tonight at midnight. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more.

Click here for more information and to access the survey

The weather looks decent – plenty of sun – for this Saturday’s big St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Izzy Post is with Downtown Roanoke Incorporated; she said live in-studio this morning that local merchants like the St. Patrick’s Day parade as well, since it draws thousands of people from the region to downtown Roanoke. Hear the complete conversation with Izzy Post about the St. Patrick’s Day festivities on the link below;  watch it on Facebook.

Mill Mountain Theatre wants to help you to Escape to Margaritaville. A musical comedy by the same name opens Wednesday.
WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more.

It’s time to get your island groove back with Escape to Margaritaville. The musical comedy starts its run at Mill Mountain Theatre Wednesday. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno reports.