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.


Art Exhibit
11:33 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Allen Ginsberg in Private: Historic Photos by Gordon Ball (Closed)

Our most recent art exhibit featured private images of epic Beat writer Allen Ginsberg and friends as photographed by Ginsberg-insider Gordon Ball (now of Lexington, Va).

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Art Exhibit
11:43 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Pics: Gallery Talk / Artists' Coffee of 4/23/12

WMRA has exhibited artists at the Harrisonburg facility since 2006.  Artists Joan Ranzini and Fran Fevrier did a gallery talk on 4/23/12.  

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Art Exhibit
12:57 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Families in Translation: Art by Fevrier & Ranzini (Closed)

Image by artist Fevrier.

Figurative abstract mixed-media paintings of Joan Ranzini and black-and-white portrait photos by past The Spark guest Fran Fevrier, paired at the request of the artists.

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The Spark
11:47 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Eye on Art : Why Is Art So Pricy?

Terry Ward explains art prices from Van Gogh and big city galleries to regional art events like the Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival, Staunton Art In The Park, and Waynesboro Fall Foliage Art Show.

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Art Exhibit
3:53 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Todd Kenton Yoder "Muses Musicians Mountains" (Closed)

The exhibit titled "Muses Musicians Mountains" was up until Mar 22, 2012.

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The Spark
11:57 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Eye on Art : Town-Coolness and Real Public Art

The Flower Pot in Staunton

Terry Ward's essay on public art and what impression it can make on visitors --and what constitutes "real" public art.  (Virginia's fiberglass apples don't count.)

The Spark
11:24 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Eye on Art : Camera Angle and "Like"

Students posing in the photo-op project. On the left, the "candidate" who got good camera treatment (and won the election). The bad angles candidate is on the right.

Terry Ward recalls teaching an art class about how camera angles and other visual techniques can make  viewers like or dislike the people pictured --whether actors or politicians.

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The Spark
12:08 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Eye on Art : A Gender-Bendy Exhibit

Terry Ward appreciates a show of Aaron McIntosh art and is pleasantly surprised to find it in Harrisonburg. 

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All Things Considered

Since its debut in 1971, this afternoon radio newsmagazine has delivered in-depth reporting and transformed the way listeners understand current events and view the world. Heard by more than 13 million people on over 600 radio stations each week, All Things Considered is one of the most popular programs in America. Every weekday, hosts Melissa Block, Michele Norris, Robert Siegel, and local host Terry Ward, present two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special... sometimes quirky... features. Guy Raz hosts a one-hour edition of the program on Saturday and Sunday.

The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Death Camp Escapee Thomas Blatt

Thomas Blatt (vintage photo)

Sixty-eight years ago today, Thomas Blatt (AKA "Toivi") and some 300 otherwise-doomed Jews broke free from the Nazis during a revolt at Sobibor extermination camp which led soon after to the camp's demolition.   Terry Ward speaks with Thomas about the problem-solving involved with the escape --and about the biggest leap of imagination:  the realization that there really could be a way to break out. 

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