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.

Kara Lofton

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

On this episode of The Spark: Patrick Mayerchak is taking retirement in stride and getting the band back together. He and four college buddies started a band back in the sixties, and now that they’ve all had careers and families… it’s time to jam again.

Daniel Stein

On this episode of The Spark: Martha Woodroof learns more about astrophotography from rising college senior Daniel Stein.  Daniel loves nothing better than spending entire nights photographing the night sky.

Daniel Stein's website

Chirp To Win

May 21, 2015

On this episode of The Spark: Did you know that some world class performers have beaks?

Meet canary expert Andre Dight. Andre is a canary club leader and travels to bird competitions. Bird enthusiasts have even created an online canary jukebox.

Pressing On

May 15, 2015

On This Edition of The Spark: Emily Hancock loves language and words, and also loves old-fashioned methods of printing them.  She revels in using vintage foot-powered or hand-cranked presses, and hand-carved illustration blocks.

On this edition of The SparkSkilled piano technician John Schaldach shows there’s more ways than just performance to be involved in making beautiful music. 

Jennifer Lockard Connerley

On this episode of The Spark: Martha Woodroof speaks with Jennifer Lockard Connerley, who paints portraits that, she admits, contain something of herself. 

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