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.

Finding the Form

Apr 17, 2015
Susan Bacik

On this edition of The Spark: Martha woodroof speaks with Charlottesville’s Susan Bacik. Susan has been creating sculpture out of found objects for over a quarter of a century.

On this edition of The Spark: Martha speaks with Perry Shank. Mr. Shank teaches music to the lucky students of Smithland Elementary School in Harrisonburg. And yes, that involves singing and playing the recorder. But it also means finger tutting and creating their own electronic music. 

Sounds created by Smithland Elementary Students:
DJ Maestro
Smithland Compositons

Boutique Catering

Apr 3, 2015

On this edition of The Spark, Martha speaks with Mike Lund. Mike spent seven years in the kitchen of the famed Inn at Little Washington, working his way up to second-in-command under chef/owner Patrick O’Connell. These days, Mike does his creative, culinary thing at Mike Lund Food in Staunton.

Mike Lund on Facebook

An Eye For Eating

Mar 27, 2015

On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof speaks with freelance, commercial photographer Ron Rammelkamp.

Ron is not shy. His response to being laid-off by Rosetta Stone, was to knock on the doors of Charlottesville businesses and ask if anyone needed a photographer. A knock on C-ville Weekly’s door lead to Ron’s deep professional relationship with the city’s food.

The Magic of Radio

Mar 20, 2015

On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof sits down for a chat with Lulu Miller.  Lulu lives half her life in Charlottesville, half in DC, and spends all her time making NPR’s wildly popular new show Invisibilia.

Lulu Miller's Website

On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof speaks with writer Erika Raskin.  Erika grew up the child of Marcus Raskin (a human rights activist whom Dennis Kucinich called, "the dean of the American Left") and novelist Barbara Raskin. Her own first novel, Close, came out in October.

Moving Forward

Mar 6, 2015

On The Spark, Martha Woodroof speaks with John Arnold, who went from grass, to pills, to shooting heroin. And then he went to Shenandoah Valley Teen Challenge; where, at age 24, he's found a path to recovery.

Shenandoah valley Teen Challenge on Facebook

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

Jubilant Skier

Feb 20, 2015

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.

Berkeley House B&B

Feb 13, 2015
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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