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
11:50 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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The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Elisabeth Gumnior

Harrisonburg's Elisabeth Gumnior waxes scholarly about Harry potter. Replacing Wands with Quills: A Harry Potter Symposium.

The Spark
12:05 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Huss and Dalton Guitars

Staunton's Jeff Huss takes on a tour of Huss and Dalton Guitars.

The Spark
12:05 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Physics with Shanil Virani

Shanil Virani holds a joint appointment in Physics and Astronomy at JMU.

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The Spark
12:07 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Baseball... A Slice of Real American Community Pie

Ernie Didot

Essayist Ernie Didot is a video producer based in Charlottesville.

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The Spark
12:07 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Louise Temple

Louise Temple is a microbiologist and science educator , who just happens to have a hundred-year-old pipe organ in her parlor. Martha talks with Louise about the organ.

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