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
10:32 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Trent Wagler of "The Steel Wheels"

We'll hear music and get the inside skinny on how The Steel Wheels' new CD “Lay Down Lay Low” came into being.

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The Spark
12:23 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Jefferson Park Press founder Hilary Holladay

Charlottesville’s Hilary Holladay undertakes one bodacious literary enterprise by starting her own publishing house.

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The Spark
11:34 am
Fri March 9, 2012

The Rockbridge Advocate tsar, Doug Harwood

Doug Harwood edits the feisty one-person news magazine The Rockbridge Advocate. He came to Lexington 40 years ago to attend Washington & Lee and could never quite tear himself away again from Rockbridge County.

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The Spark
11:47 am
Fri February 24, 2012

"Woody" the Musical

Staunton’s Richard Adams talks about writing musicals in general and "Woody," his musical rendition of the life of Woodrow Wilson, in particular.

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The Spark
11:39 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Making Shoes

Gabe and Peggy Leasure with the late Glen Leasure.

Gabe and Peggy Leasure of Rockbridge County talk about shoemaking and their late shoemaking father/husband Glen Leasure.

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The Spark
11:31 am
Fri February 24, 2012

In the End

Eric LaFreniere with his mother

An essay by Eric LaFreniere.

The Spark
11:27 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Highlander (Tribute to MLK)

In honor of Black History Month, a MLK-memorial sound piece by Elliot Majerczyk.

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The Spark
11:44 am
Fri February 17, 2012

The Cairo Rooster

Bob Bersson debuts a new occasional feature on The Spark, short, creative non-fiction, with his story “The Cairo Rooster.”

The Spark
11:35 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Jeff McCormack

Jeff McCormack’s long relationship with plants includes starting Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Garden Medicinals and Culinaries, co-founding Virginia Plant Savers, and being lead author of Bush Medicine of the Bahamas,  an ethno-botanical study of the native uses of medicinal plants on San Salvador Island.

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The Spark
10:01 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Won’t You Celebrate With Me

JMU student Shanell Dowling reads “Won’t You Celebrate With Me” a poem by Lucille Clifton,  in honor of Black History Month.

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