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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Art Exhibit
1:11 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Beat, Ball, & Bloom Happening (9-13-2012)

Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth reads from Ginsberg's Howl at a Beat poetry event while Ginsberg takes a snapshot. Photo by Gordon Ball.

Event was 9-13-2012. Allen Ginsberg posse-member Gordon Ball will describe the how-and-why of his own historic photos of the epic Beat poet's most private world. Ball documented Ginsberg's personal life as no outsider could. WMRA's art exhibit of Ball's images has been extended and ends with  this informal gallery talk at the Harrisonburg studio.  Snacks, music from The Bloom Trio. The Beat, Ball, & Bloom Happening.  

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The Spark
10:50 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Coffee and Community

On The Spark:
Troy Lucas says coffee is much more than a crop; from growers to importers to roasters and consumers, it is a community. 

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The Spark
11:28 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Historic Blue Ridge Tunnel + iBook

What would cause an author who’s already published 19 print books to release her 20th (about the Blue Ridge Tunnel) as an iBook? And what is the Blue Ridge Tunnel, anyway?  Charlottesville author Mary E. Lyons answers both those questions. 

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The Spark
1:00 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Adventurous Educator Dr. Lee Yoder

Dr. Lee Yoder

He started an American-style school in Egypt and ran it for years. Next stop: Vietnam. He's in his 70's and is  starting another school in Ho Chi Minh City. 

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The Spark
12:25 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Fiddler Laura Light

With fellow Avant Gardeners performer George Paul. Image courtesy LauraLight.com

The singer-songwriter talks about the life-changing use she once put her last $60 toward. Also she talks about her personal rule: that if something comes up in conversation or elsewhere three times, she has to check it out. Thus, she found Charlottesville.  She performs with the Avant Gardeners.

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The Spark
12:07 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Who Is Acoustic Cafe Host Tina Owens?

WMRA's popular longtime acoustic music host (and surprisingly shy person) Tina Owens finally agrees to talk about her own background.

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The Spark
11:08 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Mark Saunders and His First Novel

Mark Saunders
Jen Fariello Photography

Martha Woodroof talks with Mark Saunders about his first novel.

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The Spark
11:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Mark Kilby & The Luray Rescue Zoo

Mark Kilby, owner of Luray Rescue Zoo, has lived with captive wild animals his entire life.

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The Spark
12:08 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Bill Wellington - Uncle Tom's Cabin

Bill Wellington is a storyteller, folk musician, songwriter, and dance caller who has entertained audiences throughout America for over twenty-five years.

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