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Larry Dowdy - WLNI

Larry Dowdy

Morning Line Host

Larry has been heard and seen on Lynchburg / Roanoke radio and television over four different decades.  He was one of the original members of K92’s K-Krew in the Morning, when the station went on the air in 1980.  In 1992, Larry left radio for WDBJ and News 7 Mornin’, taking viewers all over southwest and central Virginia in the early hours of the day.  He returned to his radio roots in 1997 and has been heard across the region ever since, most recently joining Janet Rose and WLNI’s Morning Line in 2015.  Larry is married to Glenna, and their kids have four legs and tails.  That’s right – cats.  When not at work, Larry loves to dream and plan his next cruise, whether it is to the Caribbean, Bermuda (his favorite) or Canada and New England.  Catching a nap is nice – when possible – since his alarm rings at 2:20 weekday mornings.




Kenny Shelton

Program Director/Morning Line Co-Host/News Anchor

Kenny has been heard on Lynchburg /Roanoke radio over four different decades holding on-air, programming and sales positions. Kenny joined the WLNI sales staff in 2015 where he also filled in as a morning co-host. In 2019, he was named Program Director and the following year, he joined Larry Dowdy as co-host and morning news anchor on the Morning Line. Kenny’s extensive background in radio began in 1981 at WWOD/Z-100. Kenny has also served as a TV host for both the Children’s Miracle Network and MDA Telethons. Kenny is married to Judy, who he met in radio, and they have 2 daughters. When not at work, Kenny enjoys renovating their 120-year old farmhouse. Kenny is a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan (and has been since 1970). Yes, he is still watching Super Bowl LIV highlights.



Evan Jones - WFIREvan Jones

News Director / Afternoon Anchor

Evan has spent more than 40 years in radio and television news in virtually all possible on-air and managerial roles.  Prior to his current role, he served as Executive Producer at WDBJ television in Roanoke.  Along with his News Director duties, Evan anchors WLNI afternoon newscasts and prepares frequent reports for the Morning Line.  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 recent travels include Norway, Iceland, Russia and Morocco.




Gene MarranoGene Marrano - WFIR


Gene is a long-time radio, print and cable TV journalist with a background in commercial and public radio going back more than 20 years. He provides frequent reports for the Morning Line and at times anchors afternoon newscasts.  Gene 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 now a grandfather, he spent many years in various sectors of the sales and manufacturing world before turning his attention full-time to journalism.




Ian Price - WFIR

Ian Price


Ian joined Wheeler Broadcasting in October 2014, operating the board for sporting events and other programming.  He joined the News Department one year later, and he now prepares stories for WLNI that are heard many weekday afternoons. Ian graduated from Radford University  in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication. He spends his time away from work watching as much football as he can and playing bass guitar.