Martha Woodroof

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The Spark
3:17 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Canine Engineer Bill Fawcett

Beebe on the Appalachian Trail

Bill Fawcett, WMRA's intrepid engineer, has happily gone to the dogs...

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

A Lady's Last Sermon

In 1978, she was in the vanguard of female pastors (being only the second-ever ordained Presbyterian woman in her state). Ann Held remembers the long and winding road she took to first become a pastor, back in the 1970's when there weren’t many women in the field. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Pressing On

Emily Hancock loves language and words and also loves old-fashioned methods of printing them: vintage foot-powered or hand-cranked presses, newly hand-carved illustration blocks. On WMRA's "The Spark", Martha Woodroof meets Emily of St Brigid Press.

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Civic Soapbox
2:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Web Extra: Where The Name Came From

Just where did the name St Brigid Press come from?

 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

HOOs Cryin' Now?

WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets longtime JMU Women's Basketball coach and vanquisher of Wahoos, Kenny Brooks.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Marvin VanRoane Jr

He sold pizzas. He sold drugs. He did time. Now Marvin VanRoane Junior hopes to turn his life around with art. WMRA's Martha Woodroof chats with the newly self-made artist behind the "Urban Art Exhibition" posters which have been popping up in parts of Virginia. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The Sound of Silents

Ben Model at the Walker digital Wurlitzer, at the Packard Campus Theatre at the Library of Congress

Silent film wasn't silent: a theater keyboardist would play along to the on-screen action. Ben Model is a professional film accompanist for MoMA and numerous historic theaters. WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets Ben and learns about the process of making DVD music for long-lost silents which are now being digitized and seen for the first time in almost a century.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Updating Organs

Dan Smith of Crimora services pipe organs and also can hybridize them with 21st Century digital technology.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Miller's Music

Dawn strums at the Richmond Marathon Jam. Photo credit: AIM Studios of Virginia / Allen Moore
AIM Studios of Virginia / Allen Moore

Dawn Miller grew up listening to her parents play music. So, naturally,  she started making music as soon as she was old enough to carry a tune.

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The Spark
6:18 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Country Hardball Author

Inspired by three unpublished murder mysteries and his own life along the Louisiana/Arkansas  border, writer Steve Weddle's book Country Hardball is in bookstores. 

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