the first station to make claim to the 910 frequency in the Roanoke Valley
and the sixth to go on the air. WRKE signed on April 22, 1957. The studios
were on the fourth floor of the American Theater building on Jefferson Street.
In a news release it said the station played popular music during the week
and Baltimore Orioles baseball games will be aired on the weekend. WRKE was
owned and operated by Elmore D. Heins. The transmitter is located on Clay
Street in Southeast Roanoke. Heins also owned a group of theaters in Roanoke
including the Jefferson, the American, the Grandin and Lee. WRKE duplicated programming styles of existing stations and did not attract enough listeners.