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
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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The Spark
12:23 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Is This Too Racy For Radio?

Harry Crews (center) "back in the day" (circa 1973?) with David Jeffrey (right).

The story includes a reading of a passage from a book by author/skull-tattooed-guy/rascal/genius Harry Crews --a scene where a 12-year-old boy discovers both nudity and God at the same event.  We talk with David Jeffrey, the self-appointed one-person Society for the Preservation of the Writings of the Late (and Great) Harry Crews.  

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The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Kickin' It with Henry Gotay

Maybe someday ten thousand vuvuzelas will drone for him.  Henry Gotay surprised others and himself with keen inate soccer ability.  He's hoping to score a soccer scholarship to college.  He's been practicing his game and his English.

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The Spark
12:03 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Bush Medicine Expert Kathleen Maier

Charlottesville’s Kathleen Maier has been a practicing herbalist for 20 years. She works to restore native species through United Plant Savers and is the co-author of a book on bush medicine.  

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The Spark
11:58 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Alzheimer's Fathers' Day

WMRA
11:17 am
Fri June 15, 2012

New Weekend Schedule for WMRA

WMRA is offering some exciting new weekend programs.

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The Spark
1:15 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Aspiring Ballerina Leah Heller

Gifted young dancer Leah Heller (of Elkton) tells about yearning to join a major dance company.  She already has an arrangement with the Richmond Ballet.

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The Spark (Fri noon)
11:55 am
Fri June 8, 2012

NPR Voice (And Photo-Nut) Alex Chadwick

In Charlottesville to assist with the Look3 Festival of the Photograph,  Alex Chadwick hangs out on a downtown  porch chatting  with WMRA's Martha Woodroof . 

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The Spark
12:39 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

About Theatre and Getting Slapped

Sara Holdren on the set of her 2010 production of "The Tempest" at Four County Players

Sara Holdren, now a MFA candidate in directing at the School of Drama  at Yale, spent what seemed like forever preparing to stage the pre-Soviet Russian play "He Who Gets Slapped" at Live Arts. 

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The Spark
12:22 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Temple The Tailor

"Colorfest" silk dress designed by Kathleen Temple

Kathleen Temple designs clothes for clients all over the country. 

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