Terry Ward

All Things Considered Host

Terry Ward hosts WMRA's afternoon Drive Time broadcasts during "All Things Considered," pens the "Eye on Art" essay series and is an assistant producer (and self-described bumper music improver) for WMRA's arts and culture show "The Spark". Ward is also the key call-screener for the program "Virginia Insight."

Ward started with WMRA in the Reagan Era as a volunteer writer, character actor, and voice mimic for the WMRA variety show "Our Little Radio Show."

Ward also hosted classical music shifts and acted as emergency back-up ersatz substitute host of last resort.  After a hiatus spent teaching art in Massachusetts and in Northern Virginia, Ward was invited to join WMRA full-time in 1997.   Ward was a regional  "All Things Considered" host before moving to "Morning Edition" for a decade and later moving back to  "All Things Considered."  Ward lingers sometimes into the nighttime classical airshifts and almost always during nighttime news special coverage (Election Day, the State of The Union, etc).

Being a regional host during an NPR program imposes its own stylistic restrictions on what one can say.  When Ward occasionally speaks freely, he thinks of his radio delivery style as a sort of audio freeform deadpan surrealism.

Ward is also the PublicRadioArtSpace curator/wall-tsar and also manages the Valley Voice reading service for the blind.

His FaceBook radio personna is RadioActive Terry Ward.


The Spark
7:37 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Web Extra from The Spark: Yogi Bear Theme Song Oddity

Image: WMRA News (tw)

Below is the web extra associated with the second Mark Cline interview for The Spark.  Listen: 

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5:42 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

UVa Student on NPR

UVa student Nicole Bailey was on NPR's On Point 10am-11am Thurs 1 Nov 2012.  The hour's topic was how student-run newspapers are covering the presidential race. She's the editor of The Virginia Advocate, which is among student-run area papers. 

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Art Exhibit
2:33 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

DinoHenge Whacktasticness (Closed)

Mark Cline. Painted fiberglass theme park sculpture. Image: WMRA News TW.

DinoHenge Whacktasticness --closes  Thurs 1 Nov 2012. Oddest. Exhibit. Ever. (Wonderfully so!)  FoamHenge/DinosaurLand sculptor Mark Cline, DC pubs decorator Lee Wheeler, and zen-chainsaw sculptor Glenn Richardson amuse the weirder parts of your mind.  Art peekers welcome 9-5 weekdays. 

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12:04 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

MAJOR STORMS, prep, go-bag

Graphic: WMRA News TW

Major Storm Prep.
Links & phone#s at bottom.

If evacuation is ordered or just seems wise, are you ready?  Some tips: 

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The Spark
12:37 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Who Needs A Middle Finger Anyway?

Courtesy of: Mark Cline and EnchantedCastleStudios.com

Artist/showman Mark Cline lost a digit (but did get it back) while making a giant Yogi Bear statue. On The Spark, WMRA's art guy Terry Ward asks Mark about his recent ups and downs --including a museum show and a show at WMRA's art space

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Virginia Insight
5:43 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

UvA Prof on NPR

Past guest of WMRA's Virginia Insight, Daniel Willingham, was  on NPR's On Point 10am-11 on Wed 24 Oct 2012. He is a UvA psychology professor. 

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1:51 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

2012 Vote: Debates and More

Here is an archive of our debate-related items.  We've broadcast the Obama-Romney debates live.  Of course we'll have Election Day special coverage. WMRA brings you special coverage from NPR and also covers regional election items.

News Archive
3:33 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Past WMRA Essayist on National Radio

The Story host Dick Gordon. Photo credit: TheStory.org

On The Story: Dick Gordon's featured guest will be John Whitfield of Blue Ridge Legal Services. He'll be talking about the challenges of helping needy legal clients during tough financial times. John is a past WMRA essayist

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

And Now A Word From One of Our Artists

Artist Glenn Richardson, showing in WMRA's "DinoHenge Whacktasticness" art exhibit, says:

I was born in Montana and grew up in Virginia, but have never felt like I belong in any
one place. My formal education is in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University
with grad studies at Rutgers. One year in school in New Jersey cost me more than four in
Virginia so I became a starving artist in the South Bronx. It wasn’t the sit-in at the Bronx

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Art Exhibit
1:11 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Beat, Ball, & Bloom Happening (9-13-2012)

Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth reads from Ginsberg's Howl at a Beat poetry event while Ginsberg takes a snapshot. Photo by Gordon Ball.

Event was 9-13-2012. Allen Ginsberg posse-member Gordon Ball will describe the how-and-why of his own historic photos of the epic Beat poet's most private world. Ball documented Ginsberg's personal life as no outsider could. WMRA's art exhibit of Ball's images has been extended and ends with  this informal gallery talk at the Harrisonburg studio.  Snacks, music from The Bloom Trio. The Beat, Ball, & Bloom Happening.  

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