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 October 3, 2014

Squaaaaawwwk!

A raptor release

Dr. Dave McRuer works at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. As a wildlife veterinarian, his mission is to treat  wild animals and educate humans how to interact with them.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Jazz Singer

Nadine performing in 2011 in Staunton at the Shenandoah Wine & Jazz Festival (Image source: Still from courtesy video, NadineChase.com)

After years of absorbing musical influences from Brooklyn and Boston, jazz singer Nadine Chase in 2007 settled in the Shenandoah Valley.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Over Time: Riches to Rags

Barclay Rives describes his family as being on a riches to rags trajectory —he’s directly descended from politicians and landowners who were part and parcel of the Commonwealth’s Colonial History.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Editing The Breeze

Sean Cassidy is starting his second year as editor of The Breeze, JMU's seriously award-winning campus newspaper. Preparing himself to boldly go into the changing world of journalism, ready to change everything but his ethical standards.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Past Christian-Punk

Now he's an agnostic professor of music industry. On WMRA's The Spark, we meet Joey Taylor  AKA Ojo Taylor of the 80's-90's Christian punk band, Undercover.

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The Spark
7:20 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Military Buzzcut: Not!

Navy vet Karl Beckett amazed WMRA's Martha Woodroof by sporting the biggest hair she'd seen "since the 1970’s." Martha just had to introduce herself and ask his story.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The Dreaded BluesLady

WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets Waynesboro blues singer Lorie Strother, who grew up living on the streets of Boston. Now, even though she’s got five children, a master’s degree and a good job, she still sings the blues with conviction. 

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The Spark
7:20 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Like A Rolling Ssam

Harrisonburg's foodie scene got more variety with the arrival of Mashita, a food truck serving Korean cuisine.  WMRA's Martha Woodroof chats with enterprising epicurean, Mikey Reisenberg.  

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Tomato Guru

How does one pick a bushel of tomatoes without kneeling? It depends on how they're strung up. Though he'd humbly disagree, many Harrisonburg folks think that Singers Glen farmer, Marlin Burkholder, knows all there is to know about growing tomatoes. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Bob Driver!

Bob Driver at WMRA

Homegrown bluesman, regional acoustic guru, musician-booster  and long-ago owner of the legendary Little Grill:  Bob Driver. Bob chats with WMRA's Martha Woodroof about some 'a this and some 'a that.

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