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
6:20 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Mary Ann Alger

Mary Ann Alger with husband and JMU's 6th President, Jonathan R. Alger. Photo credit: James Madison University

Before Mary Ann Alger, wife of JMU President John Alger,  became a university’s  First Lady, she had a high-flying career in international banking and finance.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Reaching (and Reaching and Reaching) for the Stars

After a stream of rejections, Paul Bogard's book about light pollution, The End of Night, finally got published and got lots of praise. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Who Needs Real Birds?

A beautiful and disturbing new children's book set in the year 2031 by visual artist Kate Samworth raises awareness of species extinction. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Geek Gods vs Loose Screws?

Mechano Crab by Gakken photographed by Wikipedia Commons user PlusMinus

Western Albemarle High school has a powerhouse robotics club for students who enjoy designing and fabricating machines that can do things. This club has spawned two teams (The Geeks Gods and the Loose Screws) that are set to compete in their third consecutive Virginia state robotics championship. 

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The Spark
4:15 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

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Image credit: WMRA News (tw)

John del Re doesn’t participate in shape note singing just to make music, he participates to engage in community.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Hillside School Starter

Suddenly becoming a mommy prompted Charlottesville's Sarah Gerome to start a school.

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The Spark
6:32 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Rembrandts at JMU

WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets longtime art historian Kay Arthur who helped obtain a trove of Rembrandt art for an exhibit in Harrisonburg until Feb. 28.

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The Spark
11:11 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Chirp To Win

Some world-class performers --have beaks.  We meet canary expert Andre Dight.   As a lad, Andre was once decorated for agricultural/genetics achievement by Royal Family member, the Duke of Kent.   

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Surprisingly Good Author

I won? Really?

When Staunton’s Cliff Garstang won a state-level award for his novel, What the Zhang Boys Knew, no one was more flabbergasted by this than he was. WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets the the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction honoree. 

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The Spark
6:19 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

A Twang Thang

Greg Tutwiler was working as a DJ and doing some writing when work sent him to MerleFest. Now he is the energy and expertise behind Americana Rhythm Magazine, whose mission is to “promote the culture of Americana music, its fans, its musicians, its venues, and its history.” 

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