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.

An essay by Kim Johnson.

Eye on Art : A Gender-Bendy Exhibit

Nov 4, 2011

Terry Ward appreciates a show of Aaron McIntosh art and is pleasantly surprised to find it in Harrisonburg. 

Elisabeth Gumnior

Nov 4, 2011

Harrisonburg's Elisabeth Gumnior waxes scholarly about Harry potter. Replacing Wands with Quills: A Harry Potter Symposium.

Staunton's Jeff Huss takes on a tour of Huss and Dalton Guitars.

Shanil Virani holds a joint appointment in Physics and Astronomy at JMU.

Essayist Ernie Didot is a video producer based in Charlottesville.

Louise Temple

Oct 14, 2011

Louise Temple is a microbiologist and science educator , who just happens to have a hundred-year-old pipe organ in her parlor. Martha talks with Louise about the organ.

Death Camp Escapee Thomas Blatt

Oct 14, 2011

Sixty-eight years ago today, Thomas Blatt (AKA "Toivi") and some 300 otherwise-doomed Jews broke free from the Nazis during a revolt at Sobibor extermination camp which led soon after to the camp's demolition.   Terry Ward speaks with Thomas about the problem-solving involved with the escape --and about the biggest leap of imagination:  the realization that there really could be a way to break out. 

Ray Houser

Oct 14, 2011
Mike Tripp / The news Leader

Staunton's Ray Houser worked in broadcasting for 63 years, before heart trouble finally slowed him down.

Timmy Smith

Oct 7, 2011

Timmy Smith romances wood around Swoope. See his work at Smitty's Hardwoods.

Radell Shrock

Oct 7, 2011

Radell Shrock grows vegetables for local consumption in Rockingham County. He calls his business Season's Bounty Farm.

Trent Wagler

Sep 30, 2011

Harrisonburg’s Trent Wagler sings (and plays several instruments) for his supper as part of The Steel Wheels.

Wiley Kestner

Sep 30, 2011

Wiley Kestner graduated from Yale with a B.A. in studio art (he worked mainly in oils). Now he works as the iPad team lead at Rosetta Stone.

Blue Lab Brewing

Sep 23, 2011

Bill Hamilton and Tom Lovell, of Lexington's Blue Lab Brewing, talk about turning their fascination for beer into a micro-brewery business.

Betty Kline

Sep 23, 2011

Seventy-six year old Bridgewater resident, Betty Kline, talks about her romance with roaming the world.

R.B. Horsley

Sep 23, 2011

North Garden resident, R.B. Horsley, began writing poetry after the death of her sixteen-year-old son.

Waynesboro Musician Jimmy O has been entertaining us for over 30 years. Recently, however, he's been reinventing himself as filmmaker, James Overton.

Howard Hahn

Sep 16, 2011

Howard Hahn is a member of the Shenandoah Railroad Club and the C&O Historical Society.

Mercy Harris is a 31-year old wife and mother of 3 until she ties on her skates, puts on her makeup, and slides onto the rink as Cheetah Chrome, queen-in-training of Roller Derby.

Laura Light

Sep 9, 2011

Albemarle County's Laura Light has fiddled her way through life.

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