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
11:54 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Andi Arndt

Former WMRA classical music announcer (and Harrisonburg resident), Andi Arndt, has taken her voice international through the magic of the WEB.

The Spark
11:16 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Jeff Ell "Holiday Essay"

Jeff Ell

Roanoke resident Jeff Ell is the author of Ruth Unsensored.

The Spark
11:13 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Royce Campbell

Royce Campbell

Jazz guitarist Royce Campbell backed-up Marvin Gaye, toured for almost two decades with Henry Mancini, and has written music for the movies.

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The Spark
11:01 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Nelson's Rockabilly Christmas Music

Dana Nelson, a guest on WMRA's The Spark,  is mostly a stone mason, having learned his trade over a decade spent working in Ireland. But occasionally, he moonlights as a musician... and he’s allowed The Spark to premier his soon-to-be Christmas classic, "Rockabilly Christmas on the Radio."
 

The Spark
11:55 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Mimi Elrod

Mimi Elrod

Lexington Mayor Mimi Elrod jumped into local politics as a way to re-ignite her own spark after the death of her husband.

The Spark
4:06 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Doug Harwood - "Doing Radio"

Doug Harwood is the founder and long-time editor of the Rockbridge Advocate. His essay is about "doing" radio.

The Spark
4:02 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Kate Tamarkin

Charlottesville's Kate Tamarkin is in an unusual profession for a woman; she's a conductor and a music director.

The Spark
3:43 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Matthew Minnicino

Fourth-year student Matthew Minnicino's play, Troy is Burning, is the first undergraduate play to be presented main stage by the UVa Drama Department in the last twenty-five years.

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The Spark
3:37 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Steve White

Singers Glen resident and avid bird watcher, Steve White, worked for the CIA for a couple of decades as a Russian specialists.

Steve's bird group of choice: The Rockingham Bird Club

The Spark
11:51 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Elliot Majerczyk

By day, Elliot  Majerczyk is a producer for the public radio program,  With Good Reason. By night, he creates music out of found sounds.

The 2nd and 3rd sound files above are samples of Elliot's Music:
"Sway What"
"For Martha"

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