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.

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The Spark
2:45 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

We Had Some Time on Our Hands

Martha recalls meeting the Grateful Dead's throat-chanting Tibetan warm-up band. In Charlottesville. In a community theatre. With a pizza box. And she rolls her eyes in admiration of the fellow who invited them.

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The Spark
11:40 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Leni Lets her HAIR Down

Adventurous "foodie" Leni Soresen recalls all sorts of zany times --including nude stage scenes in the 60's production of "Hair". 

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The Spark
11:23 am
Fri November 9, 2012

John Kovac's Harps

On The Spark from WMRA: John Kovac plays the harp  and makes them as well --sometimes out of surprising materials.  

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The Spark
11:20 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Web Extra from The Spark: Beth Neville

The Spark
4:34 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

April Sedeen: Artist and Doodle-ist

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On The Spark from WMRA: April Sedeen is a serious artist who also doodles daily. 

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The Spark
3:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Giving Villagers A School

Photo credit: Tom Cogill.

On The Spark from WMRA: Beth Neville fell in love with San Mateo Ixtatán, a  Chuj-Maya speaking town in the most mountainous part of Guatemala. The Charlottesville-based non-profit which Beth started helped the town get its first high school. 

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The Spark
7:37 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Web Extra from The Spark: Yogi Bear Theme Song Oddity

Image: WMRA News (tw)

Below is the web extra associated with the second Mark Cline interview for The Spark.  Listen: 

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The Spark
12:41 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

SoLace Studios Artist Barb Polin

Marbled-color leather designs. Photo credit: SolaceINC.com

Barb Polin left corporate America to wander her way into creating thriving SoLace Studios in Elkton. 

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The Spark
12:18 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Robot Expert's "EaSiEE as Pi" Project

Charlottesville’s Susan Skalak, who’s run printer-producing robots for IBM and taught mechanical engineering at the University of Virginia, has gone back to elementary school --on a mission she’s calling EaSiEE as Pi. 

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The Spark (Fri noon)
12:16 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Look! A Queen Bee!

Mr Southerly and a few thousand friends. Image credit: Bibb Frazier

A talk with Norman Southerly about his bees. WMRA's Martha Woodroof has a close encounter with the queen bee. 

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