Lee Walker knows a thing or two about working her way up the ladder. She began volunteering at Roanoke's WTOY radio station in 2003. Her first job was cleaning the bathrooms and then working the reception area. Within three years, Walker took on an office space not much bigger than she is. For a woman that doesn't drive, today she has mastered the audio board.
"Interesting because I used to bring a camera in, (to) take pictures of the board. Take pictures of the things and watch everybody." says Walker.
These days, gospel music isn't the only thing she plays, her colleagues say the role she's come to play at Roanoke's only African American owned radio station sets an example.
"She's not concerned about money or paychecks. Whatever she needs (to do) to get the job done, she'll get it done," says Carter Garrett, who is also a deejay and manager at WTOY.
Whether it's sharing uplifting music with her listeners, or passing along more somber announcements, Walker believes at 58 she is walking in her destiny.
"I wanted (to do this) in the back of my mind but never thought it would come to pass," says Walker.
The Bedford County girl has come a long way since the days of working in a dress factory. Her hope is to show others in their 50's and 60's, especially women, it's all right to dream, but you can also do.
"There are a lot of them that step back and feel they're not needed," says Walker.
For her, her testimony is in the titles she plays. By giving out the good news each day, she says it reminds her of her blessings. Too many to count.