The Spark

Friday 6:20pm

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.

On this episode of The Spark: Renard Turner came to Louisa County in 1996 for two reasons: to work at the University of Virginia hospital and to work towards establishing a sustainable lifestyle on his 94-acre Vanguard Ranch. So, how’s he doing?

Shawnna Miller

On this edition of The Spark: JMU Graphic design Professor Trudy Cole’s special relationship with special needs horses.

Life Recycled

Aug 14, 2015

On this edition of The Spark: A conversation with Eric Walter, who’s mid-life reinvention took him from running his own IT business in Chicago, to running his own recycling business in Crimora.

On this episode of The Spark: Ann-Janine Morey is an English and Religious Studies professor at James Madison University, as well as Associate Vice Provost for Cross Disciplinary Studies. A.J. began collecting old pictures of people and their dogs while undergoing chemotherapy. And low and behold, the collection grew into her latest book, Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves: Vintage American Photographs.

On The SparkDennis Lynch first came to the Valley fresh out of college to work at the Wayside Theater. But he stayed to run the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.

On This Episode of The Spark: These days 83-year-old Bob Brennan busies himself with Percheron Horses and a recalcitrant donkey on his Orange County farm. But he started his farming career raising chickens... at about the same time he started going to school.

Kara Lofton

On this episode of The Spark: Former Bridgewater college... and soon-to-be Sweet Briar college president,  Phillip Stone.

Chainsaw Glenn

Jun 26, 2015

On this episode of The spark: Meet Glenn Richardson... he has been making art for decades. Now in his fifties, Glenn has settled into sculpting phantasmagoria out of firewood using a chainsaw.

The Gate inspired by the Japanese Torii gate

Glenn Richardson's Website

The Avtex Legacy

Jun 19, 2015

On this episode of The Spark: Ralph Bolgiano remembers being part of the 1989 study that shut down AVTEX in Front Royal and put a stop to a major source of pollution in the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

Martha Woodroof speaks with DeLois Warr, who still carries anger from her days growing up in segregated Mount Jackson.

She has made a mission out of challenging her community to help her maintain Mount Jackson's antebellum black cemetery.

Note: This episode of The Spark originally aired October 24, 2014.

Valley Black Heritage Project

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