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.


12:59 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

How New Authors Got Big Bucks

Image: WMRA News (tw)

NPR has been tapping WMRA's Martha Woodroof to provide advice for aspiring novelists.  Martha tells about some cases of big money going to newly/never published writers. 

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News Archive
1:50 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

How did you not-see that gorilla? And more Top-25 NPR stories

Julia Chile with huge knife. Courtesy of Paul Child/PBS

From wistful to wrenching, web-stat tracking shows which NPR stories were the year's most popular. Here's the Top-25 list (drumroll, please) :

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:05 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Golfing on Conservation Easement Land?

View of some rural Albemarle County land. Photo (cropped) credit: Wikipedia user Versageek

Albemarle County-based Trump Winery hopes to build the Trump National Golf Club on land acquired from the Kluge estate. Trump would need a special use permit from county authorities to put a golf course on rural land.

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11:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Vote Tracker: Virginia 2013 Election

Portion of Virginia state seal with the words "Virginia VOTE" added. Image: WMRA News (tw)

UPDATED.  Va.  General Election of 2013, state and local. 

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Main Street Community Partnership
2:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Big City Graffiti Mural Under Harrisonburg

WMRA News (tw) screencap of Paul Somers / OldSouthHigh video of the BMBPRF duck mural creation

The street artist known in cities as "Bombproof" or just "BMBPRF" has Harrisonburg roots (EMHS Class of 2000) and in November of 2013, he returned to paint a tribute mural.   Apparently, the picture is in the Black's Run tunnel system. The image is a little edgy, a little funky, and a lot of: duck.

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5:16 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

A Giant Dies in Bridgewater

Risner in early 1965 (Time magazine cover) , in 1973 (USAF photo), and in the 2010s (POWnetwork.org). Composite: WMRA News (tw)

In the fall of 2013, veterans were in the news a lot. First, vets were in the headlines when denied access to the National World War II Memorial during the Government Shutdown of 2013. Shortly afterward, during Veterans Day activities, televised tributes to vets poured in. Between these peaks of veteran-awareness, a giant of military history (and also of sheer human willpower) quietly passed away in Bridgewater, Virginia: General James "Robbie" Risner, age 88.

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Arts & Culture
6:55 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Web Extra: Bill Painter

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Extra audio related to the Bill Painter chat on WMRA's The Spark.

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2:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

McAuliffe & Clinton Stumping in Virginia

Democractic Candidate for Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe on stage at JMU with former President Clinton
Terry Ward

Early Tuesday morning, October 29, 2013, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, along with President Bill Clinton, made a campaign stop at James Madison University in Harrisonburg as part of their “Putting Jobs First” tour.

Future Campaign Stops:

Wednesday, October 30 at 10:45am
The Paramount Theater
Tickets link: here

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12:23 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Martha's NPR "First Book" Series Appears

NPR wanted our Martha Woodroof to moderate chats with emerging authors.

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1:39 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

DC Legalización Rally and Virginia Organizing

Immigration amnesty rally, (file photo via Wikipedia, public domain image, 2006).

The 2013 Govt. Shutdown at times kept the National Mall's grass closed, but First Amendment activity is being allowed on a case-by-case basis. Some members of Virginia Organizing attended a rally in DC  seeking citizenship for foreign-born undocumented people.

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