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.

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.

Laura Bon Cash

Sep 9, 2011

Laura Bon Cash is a Waynesboro native who left to go to culinary school in Rhode Island and then returned home to create la cuisine du jour for Stone Soup Books (and Café.)

Grace Ivory Zisk

Sep 9, 2011

Essayist Grace Ivory Zisk reflects on 9-11.

Theresa Curry

Sep 2, 2011

Theresa Curry has been writing about food for a long time and recalls her early years as a writer.

Eye on Art : Realistic Art IS Abstract

Sep 2, 2011

Terry Ward recalls a childhood lesson from his dad about the abstract structure underpinning realism.

Audrey Wood, a middle school student at North Branch School in Afton, was one of 6 national winners of the Library of Congress annual competition, "Letters About Literature."

Mark Cline

Sep 2, 2011

Mark Cline is best known for making huge fanciful creations out of fiber glass, which show up everywhere from Dinosaur Land to Broadway.

18 year old singer/songwriter, George Washburne shares his hopes and dreams for a career in music.

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