The Spark

Friday 6:20pm
Martha Woodroof
Martha Woodroof

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
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.

Helms Theater Box Office

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"

The Spark
11:50 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Dan Bonner

Staunton's Dan Bonner has been a college basketball analyst for over 2 decades. He works (or has worked) for CBS Sports, ESPN, RAYCOM Sports, and Fox Sports.

The 2nd audio clip above is a sample of Dan Bonner and Kevin Harlan announcing the thrilling 2010 NCAA tournament Kansas/ Northern Iowa upset.

The Spark
11:24 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Eye on Art : Camera Angle and "Like"

Students posing in the photo-op project. On the left, the "candidate" who got good camera treatment (and won the election). The bad angles candidate is on the right.

Terry Ward recalls teaching an art class about how camera angles and other visual techniques can make  viewers like or dislike the people pictured --whether actors or politicians.

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The Spark
11:42 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Anita Cooper

Anita Cooper is a late-blooming watercolorist who lives in the Staunton Area.

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The Spark
11:15 am
Fri November 11, 2011

A Lesson Learned From a Walk in the Park

An essay by Kim Johnson.

The Spark
12:08 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Eye on Art : A Gender-Bendy Exhibit

Terry Ward appreciates a show of Aaron McIntosh art and is pleasantly surprised to find it in Harrisonburg. 

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