The Spark

Aired on WMRA 2011 - 2016

The Spark aired on WMRA from late 2011 to December 2016, with a creative look at --well-- creativity. Our interviews focused on whatever people are passionate about in the WMRA region: sculpture, model railroading, costume-making, poetry, whatever.

Please note, we no longer produce The Spark due to host Martha Woodroof's retirement, but her interviews are still available online.

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
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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.

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.

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