Terry Ward

Producer / Valley Voice Director

Terry Ward is a WMRA producer and WEMC announcer. From 1997 to 2014 Ward was the WMRA's host on WMRA during either Morning Edition or All Things Considered. Ward started the PublicRadioArtSpace and acted as curator/wall-tsar from 2008 until the enterprise's discontinuation in  2014. Ward directs the Valley Voice reading service for the blind.

Ward started with WMRA in the Reagan Era as a volunteer writer, actor, and hourly announcer. His past jobs also included work in archeology, concert stagehanding, and teaching art. He is a long time advocate for news media coverage of the arts (especially visual art). His FaceBook radio personna is RadioActive Terry Ward.


Art Exhibit
12:00 am
Fri January 1, 2016

Art Shows at PublicRadioArtSpace

Selected peeks at some of a year of WMRA art. (Detail views; actual art may be larger.)

From 2006-2014, WMRA hosted art exhibits at the Harrisonburg facility.  WMRA plans to continue boosting the regional creative community in other ways.  Artists are also mentioned on-air occasionally during our news/interview shows (like The Spark).  Map to the sitePast exhibits.

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:53 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

State's Only Worker-Owned Restaurant Turns Ten

Credit The Little Grill Collective

Harrisonburg's oldest restaurant, The Little Grill, has been running since the 1940s as a "greasy spoon" and then as a neo-hippie cafe with a lively live music scene. The old diner fare was gradually replaced with farm-to-table sorts of offerings.

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Main Street Community Partnership
9:20 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Winchester's Woman In Black

Credit https://www.facebook.com/mysteriouswomaninblack

In Georgia, Tennessee, and then Ohio and West Virginia, there appeared sightings of a loner on foot in a dark robe with odd headgear. In the connected age of smart phones and social media, a strange sight can become a global media fad. Someone tags a photo "#womaninblack" and others who see her follow suit. As the hashtags and Facebook sharing added up, public curiosity grew. Who was this mysterious woman in black and why was she shunning most contact with others?

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Civic Soapbox
5:39 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Web Extra: Charles Marsh

WMRA News (tw)

Below, Charles Marsh talks about how his own experiences during the Civil Rights movement inform his relationship with Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  This is bonus audio from Martha's broadcast talk with author Charles Marsh.

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Main Street Community Partnership
5:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Plans For, And Opposition To, Proposed Fracking Pipeline in Virginia

A buried pipeline's linear clear-cut through woods. This pipeline is in Ohio. Image credit: Wikipedia user Analogue Kid.

In July 2014, the first survey crews should be appearing on private lands along a proposed new pipeline's route.  Construction is expected to get underway in 18 to 24 months.

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Main Street Community Partnership
10:23 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Yes, Virginia, That Was Another Earthquake

Virginia earthquake of May 22, 2014 --summary of witness reports and detection equipment. Image credit: USGS

On May 21 of 2014, a weak earthquake felt at night in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Louisa, and elsewhere mostly just rattled nerves as the historic 2011 Virginia Earthquake leapt to mind.

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Main Street Community Partnership
8:47 am
Thu May 1, 2014

If You Parked Near The Lynchburg Oil Train Blaze

Image credit: Twitter user James Riverkeeper (@UpperJamesRK) pic.twitter.com/OkIcZzWMS5

You may move your car now --but first must check in with the police on 9th Street.  Because of the oil train disaster, many parked vehicles were stranded at Depot Grille or along Jefferson Street. Evacuees (around 300 people) now may return. On the downtown side of the James River, would-be bike trail riders and RiverWalk users need to make other plans for the near future.

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3:01 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Oil Train Crash and 50-Foot Fireball in Lynchburg

Image credit: WSET via New York Daily News

The latest fiery oil train incident is in the WMRA area. In downtown Lynchburg, a CSX oil train derailed near the Depot Grille. Towering flames and a column of black smoke prompted a local state of emergency, evacuations, and warnings to avoid the area.

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Open Schools During Blizzards?

Image credit: Wikipedia user Burtonpe (adjustments by WMRA News /tw)

Some members of Albemarle county's school board supported keeping schools open during winter storms by temporarily switching school bus stops to the major roads most likely to be plowed first. However, the idea of schoolkids hiking slippery snowbound secondary roads in wind chill conditions alarmed some board members.

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Main Street Community Partnership
11:43 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Involuntarily-Inked Va Kids Could Get Out-of-State Help

Two Virginia girls involuntarily tattooed by their babysitter could get free removal treatments by a good Samaritan from the North.

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