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
10:01 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.

The Spark
12:22 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Urban Renewal XVIII

Kirsten Warne

To honor Black History Month, JMU student Kirsten Warne reads Major Jackson’s poem Urban Renewal XVIII.

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The Spark
12:10 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Stan Driver

Stan Driver picking hops

Hop grower Stan Driver talks about his fantastical vines, and the burgeoning Virginia hop-growing business.

Blue Mountain Brewery Hops

The Spark
11:54 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Ellen Butchart

Ellen Butchart

When Staunton’s Ellen Butchart unexpectedly lost her job working on the creative side of Rosetta Stone, she responded by going back to school for an MBA in sustainable business.

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The Spark
11:04 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Blues Harmonica Player Austin Shifflett

Austin Shifflett

20-year-old Austin Shifflett blows the blues on his harmonica.

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The Spark
10:30 am
Fri February 3, 2012

At the Carnival

Patrick Ragland

To honor Black History Month, JMU student Patrick Ragland reads Ann Spencer’s poem At the Carnival.

The Spark
11:25 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Henry McHenry

Henry McHenry

Henry McHenry talks of his passionately held beliefs about the responsibilities inherent in substitute teaching.

The Spark
11:18 am
Fri January 27, 2012

"Scrambled Eggs" by Kate Cohen

Kate Cohen

Essayist Kate Cohen is a writer and editor who grew up in the Shenandoah Valley and now scrambles eggs in Albany, NY.

The Spark
11:11 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Singer/Songwriter Blue O'Connell

Blue O'Connell

Blue O'Connell describes herself as, "profoundly deaf," and she joins us to talk about her love of music and songwriting... which she pursues despite her loss of hearing.

The Spark
10:52 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Kelly Harris

Kelly Harris as K.C. The Clown (with Dee-Oh-Gee)

Kelly Harris lives in Lexington where she does an astonishing number of different things to earn a living.

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