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
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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The Spark
12:05 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

UberWonk Bob Roberts --Who IS He?

JMU's  Bob Roberts appears on all sorts of news shows as a politics expert.  Just who is Bob Roberts?  We ask Bob.

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The Spark
12:13 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Mining the History of Nelson and Albemarle

Photo credit: Charlie Woodroof

Sculptor Kierk Ashemore-Sorensen is part owner of Alberene Soapstone Company and knows a lot about the history of soapstone mining in Nelson and Albemarle County.

The Spark
12:10 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Jessie Knadler: Finding Herself in Rockbridge County

Former NYC magazine writer Jessie Knadler (shown with baby June) left the bright lights and big city for a man, bungalow and eight acres in Rockbridge county. And in the process found herself...

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The Spark
2:15 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Song-Catcher Gene Bowlen

Gene Bowlen of Port Republic plays acoustic music and loves the musical "pot luck" aspect of performers' get-togethers.  He built a recording studio in his back yard to better catch the spirit of the sound.

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The Spark
1:34 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

College Admissions Guru Margee Greenfield

What can you do with an art history major?  Long-time school guidance counselor and college administrative staffer Margee Greenfield became a freelance college admissions advice-giver when she saw a need.  Funding cuts to school budgets increased guidance counselor workloads and decreased the one-on-one attention they could give. 

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The Spark
12:57 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Physicist Giovanna Scarel

What is a photon?  Solid state physicist Dr. Giovanna Scarel explains photons and why such tiny things are intriguing.

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The Spark
11:50 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Glassblower Minh Martin

Minh Martin's Work

Glassblower Minh Martin works as part of the Waynesboro artisan collective, South River Studios.

The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

The Head of The Hook

Hawes Spencer

We meet Hawes Spencer, the founder and editor of fearless Charlottesville indy newspaper The Hook.

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The Spark
12:05 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Portrait Photographer Fran Fevrier

Pam Simpson and her grandchild, Henry
Fran Fevrier

Fran Fevrier creates "images out of the ordinary" in Lexington, Staunton and surrounding areas.

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