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:
(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.

Bob Satterwhite interviews composer Rick Sowash about the new recording of his piece Four Places on the Appalachian Trail which will have its WMRA premier Monday, December 17th on Bob’s Record Shelf

Marjorie Nafziger was a counselor who loved to draw --and then one day, she found herself reinvented as a professional illustrator.  

Over a career spanning more than twenty years, Barbara Martin has covered a lot of musical ground, unafraid to explore new territory at each turn.

Lexington's Pat Foreman talks about chickens.

Farmville’s Dana Nelson (who is also a musician) spent the last decade in Ireland working stone.

Ted & Lee: a comedic duo from 1987 until Lee Eshleman killed himself in 2007. Ted Swartz --actor, writer, and now author-- has just published Laughter is Sacred Space: The Not-So-Typical Journey of a Mennonite Actor and premiered a stage show by the same name.  Both are centered on Ted’s long-time theatrical partnership with Lee. 

Killing Deer is Killing. And Necessary.

Nov 23, 2012

Jeff Ell says we should kill excess deer, but also we should stop sanitizing our words when talking about it.  It is killing --in all its harsh reality. He dislikes the supermarket meat department shrinkwrap, foam trays, and stainless steel surfaces which hide the reality of cleavers, meathooks, and blood-boots. 

WMRAs Martha Woodroof, a former (?) hippie, admits to being among those who were judgmental about Vietnam vets as they returned home. She meets Marine vet Neil Conner, who shares stories and also talks about a sort of personal PTSD therapy:  restoring all sorts of vintage military vehicles. 

On WMRA's The Spark: Charlottesville locovore Jackson Landers, who makes his living advocating hunting for food.  His story involves a "miracle" and a paralyzed pet and the New York Times.

Martha recalls meeting the Grateful Dead's throat-chanting Tibetan warm-up band. In Charlottesville. In a community theatre. With a pizza box. And she rolls her eyes in admiration of the fellow who invited them.