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
10:27 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Paul Collinge & Heartwood Books

Paul Collinge and his books

Paul Collinge has been in the book business for 40 years and has owned and operated Charlottesville’s Heartwood Books (#5 Elliewood Avenue) for almost that long.

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The Spark
10:23 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Katy Holmes Swims With Dolphins

Katy Homles with a baby dolphin

Recent JMU biology graduate, Katy Holmes, is bound and determined to make the world a better place for marine mammals, and she’s methodically garnering the education and experience necessary to do this.

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The Spark
10:15 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Val Matthews Shares Her Thoughts on Poetry

"Early Morning Poems" (a "Little Book" by Val Matthews)

Charlottesville essayist Val Matthews tells us why she believes in the necessity of poetry.

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The Spark
2:30 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

A Mom "Of A Certain Age"

Martha and daughter and The Boyfriend's car. Photo by The Boyfriend.

WMRA's  Martha Woodroof, host of "The Spark," sometimes wonders where all the years went.  Inspired by a visit to her Colorado-dwelling adult daughter, Martha penned this essay: "Rockin’ On in the Rockies".

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The Spark
1:22 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Mike Holmes Makes History

To honor the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, sound producer Mike Holmes will tell us (among other things) about reformed, un-patriot Francis Scott Key.

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The Spark
12:22 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Brian Kaylor

Brian Kaylor discusses effective preaching and how to walk the talk.

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The Spark
12:05 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Nature Writer Chris Bolgiano

Chris Bolgiano values old growth forests and other natural treasures... and isn't afraid to live close to nature.

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The Spark
11:55 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Virginia Craftsmen Roy Swartz

Hinton’s Roy Swartz is still making furniture under the Virginia Craftsmen brand... mostly by himself in an old church he’s converted into a workshop.

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The Spark
12:00 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Bicycle Repairman Ben Wyse

Ben Wyse is one of (as far as we know) the only two mobile bike repairmen in the country.  Apparently a "bicycle powered bike shop" is a rarity.  Martha's talk with him includes some audio from glam-rockers Queen ("I want to ride my bicycle!") and Monty Python

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The Spark
1:15 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Keith Shank on Living with Parkinson's

Keith and granddaughter Caylin

When you know that you (not to put too fine a point on it) don't have much time:  should you rush to get through a "bucket list" of life experiences --or should you actually slow down to really notice your loved ones?  Keith Shank talks about having Parkinson's Disease. 

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