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
12:05 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Ray Houser

Ray Hauser
Mike Tripp The news Leader

Staunton's Ray Houser worked in broadcasting for 63 years, before heart trouble finally slowed him down.

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The Spark
12:07 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Timmy Smith

Timmy Smith as HOSS

Timmy Smith romances wood around Swoope. See his work at Smitty's Hardwoods.

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The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Radell Shrock

Radell Shrock carrying cabbages

Radell Shrock grows vegetables for local consumption in Rockingham County. He calls his business Season's Bounty Farm.

The Spark
12:07 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Trent Wagler

Trent Wagler

Harrisonburg’s Trent Wagler sings (and plays several instruments) for his supper as part of The Steel Wheels.

The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Wiley Kestner

Wiley Kestner

Wiley Kestner graduated from Yale with a B.A. in studio art (he worked mainly in oils). Now he works as the iPad team lead at Rosetta Stone.

The Spark
12:04 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Blue Lab Brewing

Tom Lovell & Bill Hamilton

Bill Hamilton and Tom Lovell, of Lexington's Blue Lab Brewing, talk about turning their fascination for beer into a micro-brewery business.

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The Spark
12:03 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Betty Kline

Betty Kline

Seventy-six year old Bridgewater resident, Betty Kline, talks about her romance with roaming the world.

The Spark
12:02 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

R.B. Horsley

R.B. Horsley

North Garden resident, R.B. Horsley, began writing poetry after the death of her sixteen-year-old son.

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The Spark
12:05 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Filmmaker James Overton (a.k.a Jimmy O)

James Overton (a.k.a. "Jimmy O")

Waynesboro Musician Jimmy O has been entertaining us for over 30 years. Recently, however, he's been reinventing himself as filmmaker, James Overton.

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The Spark
12:02 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Howard Hahn

Howard Hahn

Howard Hahn is a member of the Shenandoah Railroad Club and the C&O Historical Society.

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