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
5:20 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Reclaiming Bonhoeffer Author

Book cover. Image credit: Random House

Charles Marsh, the acclaimed author of Reclaiming Bonhoeffer discusses his new book, Strange Glory: A life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, which the Wall Street Journal calls “truly beautiful and heartbreaking.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian and  anti-Nazi dissident who was executed by the Nazis just weeks before the end of the war in Europe.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Paul Heitsch - The Spoken Word

This time on the Spark, Martha speaks with audio book producer Paul Heitsch.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

A Lady's Last Sermon

In 1978, she was in the vanguard of female pastors (being only the second-ever ordained Presbyterian woman in her state). Ann Held remembers the long and winding road she took to first become a pastor, back in the 1970's when there weren’t many women in the field. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Pressing On

Emily Hancock loves language and words and also loves old-fashioned methods of printing them: vintage foot-powered or hand-cranked presses, newly hand-carved illustration blocks. On WMRA's "The Spark", Martha Woodroof meets Emily of St Brigid Press.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

HOOs Cryin' Now?

WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets longtime JMU Women's Basketball coach and vanquisher of Wahoos, Kenny Brooks.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Marvin VanRoane Jr

He sold pizzas. He sold drugs. He did time. Now Marvin VanRoane Junior hopes to turn his life around with art. WMRA's Martha Woodroof chats with the newly self-made artist behind the "Urban Art Exhibition" posters which have been popping up in parts of Virginia. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The Sound of Silents

Ben Model at the Walker digital Wurlitzer, at the Packard Campus Theatre at the Library of Congress

Silent film wasn't silent: a theater keyboardist would play along to the on-screen action. Ben Model is a professional film accompanist for MoMA and numerous historic theaters. WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets Ben and learns about the process of making DVD music for long-lost silents which are now being digitized and seen for the first time in almost a century.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Updating Organs

Dan Smith of Crimora services pipe organs and also can hybridize them with 21st Century digital technology.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Miller's Music

Dawn strums at the Richmond Marathon Jam. Photo credit: AIM Studios of Virginia / Allen Moore

Dawn Miller 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
6:18 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Country Hardball Author

Inspired by three unpublished murder mysteries and his own life along the Louisiana/Arkansas  border, writer Steve Weddle's book Country Hardball is in bookstores. 

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