The Spark

Friday 6:20pm
Martha Woodroof
Martha Woodroof

The Spark is WMRA's own creative look at --well-- creativity. We dig into whatever people are passionate about in the WMRA region: sculpture, model railroading, costume-making, poetry, whatever.

Please note that while we no longer produce The Spark as a full-length program (due to Martha Woodroof's retirement), her interviews continue to appear within our Friday broadcast of All Things Considered.

We want to hear from those who are doing artsy or interesting or wonderful or obsessive things.  We also recognize that lots of creatives are a tad shy and might not ever speak up for themselves. 

You can put something on our radar about yourself or can tell us about someone you know of who might be interesting by sending an e-mail to the show host, Martha Woodroof:
WoodroMH@jmu.edu
(To launch an email to Martha automatically click here. )

Scroll down to hear past segments.

Consider this a community-wide celebration of the many people among us who invest time, energy and discipline into pushing against life's boundaries.

Listen to a typical 2012 version of the show's end credits (including Martha asking to hear from those who know about creative goings-on) : here (60 seconds).

2013 Spark intern Julia Skinner has been tasked with blogging about potentially Spark-worthy peers, and you can find the link to that blog on this page.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Comic Books For Life

Sophia Weideman
Credit Kenan Rubenstein

Martha speaks with Sophia Weideman, who has been drawing cartoons her whole life, but it took a while for her to find her own superheroes.

Sophia Draws

ETSY - Sophia Makes Things

Sophia Weidemen's Tumblr feed

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Jubilant Skier

Seth Whitten on the slopes

On this episode of The Spark, Martha Woodroof spends some time with Seth Whitten, who lost his leg in an accident when he was 14, and later went on to become a jubilant skier.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Berkeley House B&B

This will be the dining area and will end up with a cathedral ceiling. We'll add skylights to bring in the natural sunlight
Berkeley House Bed and Breakfast - Facebook Page

Okay, what do you do if you’ve spent your professional life in Australia, and have zero DIY experience? Well, if you're Jeff Ribman, you buy a rambling old house in Staunton, Virginia, that needs a lot of work and start renovating it as a B&B.

Berkeley House Bed and Breakfast - Facebook Page

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Ordering The Urban

Next Time on The Spark: Martha speaks with Thanh Dang, Harrisonburg’s Transportation and Environmental Planning Manager. She loves her job, she says, because she likes to make things work better in her town.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Publishing the Present

Martha speaks with George F. Thompson who has made a career out of publishing lovely books commemorating the place of places in our lives.

George F. Thompson Publishing

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

The Sustainable Urbanist

Dean Weaver

Dean Weaver almost lost a child, and the experience made him aware that what he really wanted to do with his life was build community... literally.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Miller's Music

Dawn strums at the Richmond Marathon Jam.
Credit AIM Studios of Virginia / Allen Moore

Martha speaks with Dawn Miller, who 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
6:20 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Funding Creativity

Christina Cain

Next Time on The Spark: Martha talks with Christina Cain Executive Director of the Staunton Creative Community Fund. And she sparkles when she talks about helping her hard-working, creative fellow citizens fund their dreams.

Staunton Creative Community Fund

Local Investing Project

hOUR Economy

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

A Stunting Past

Martha Woodroof speaks with retired stunt man Steve Winegard.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Sculpting the Earth

Martha talks with Winchester’s Catherine Peek, an urban designer and groundworks artist.

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