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
4:55 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Ol' Timey Mechanic Billy Campbell

Photo credit: Charlie Woodroof.

Frank Turner’s old garage, a Rockingham County folk-landmark, is now the site of Ralph’s Auto Service, whose owner, Billy Campbell, talks about his lonnnnnng  relationship with vehicles.

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The Spark
7:56 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Middle Schoolers who LOVE Art Class

Front: Carla Martinez, Kate Le, Lauren Whetzel, Clarissa McIntyre, Victoria Meador, Nora Valente. Back: Mrs Pamela Iwanicki, Savannah Turner, Pablo Santibanez, Edith Ortega-Sanchez, Briannah Cline, Wilson Smith

Montevideo Middle School art teacher Pamela Iwanicki's students are making the letters L, O, V, and E in a project that partners with the Virginia Department of Tourism.  

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The Spark
1:38 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Potter Nan Rothwell

After serendipitously discovering clay, potter Nan Rothwell has been throwing pots (or in the old-timey Southern phrase, turning pots) on the wheel for many happy decades. Martha talks with Nan about life, clay, and "wiggling". 

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The Spark
10:35 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Meet "Rapunzel" (of Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books)

Sara Taylor created Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books back in 2001 to give Nelson County folks a place to hang out and listen to music. At a time when so many independent book stores have succumbed to Amazon or Books-A-Million, her enterprise carries on.

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The Spark
6:06 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Poet, Furious Flower Founder

Joanne Gabbin  is a married baby boomer, a poet, and a person of color;  all of these have informed her life.  

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The Spark
11:33 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Tom Graham Visits The Spark

WMRA's Tom Graham mentioned his troubled childhood during a recent episode of  Virginia Insight. (online audio, around the 34min mark). When Martha asked him to come on The Spark and talk about himself, he chose to talk further about his past and how it informs his current professional and personal life.

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The Spark
12:02 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

ARRRRR! ActARRRR Chris Markham

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Wayside Theatre alumnus and past Chicago theatre organizer Chris Markham combined his love of stage, science, and schoolkids to create Impressions Theater.  Lately, the childrens' theater troupe he founded  has him costumed as Redbeard The Pirate. 

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The Spark
11:43 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Performance Audio Expert Tom Carr

"Sounds good" sometimes is a specialized professional opinion.  Tom Carr has been engineering sound professionally for almost 40 years --including for Lucasfilm and other big names. 

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The Spark
11:34 am
Fri October 5, 2012

The NoBull Veggie Burger Makers

Crissanne Raymond (center), and her daughters Heather and Elizabeth, founders of No Bull Burger. Photo credit: Dave McNair of The Hook

Two sisters and their mother (with some help from little brother) turn Mama Raymond’s veggie burgers into the thriving Charlottesville business, NoBull Burgers. 

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The Spark
11:30 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Donut Pro Julie Westfall

She once produced her Baker’s Dozen Donuts in a pup tent during a hurricane.  Julie Westfall of Broadway, Va, is a professional donut chef. 

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