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
12:02 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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The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Mercy Harris (a.k.a. "Cheetah Chrome")

Mercy Harris (a.k.a. "Cheetah Chrome")

Mercy Harris is a 31-year old wife and mother of 3 until she ties on her skates, puts on her makeup, and slides onto the rink as Cheetah Chrome, queen-in-training of Roller Derby.

The Spark
12:05 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Laura Light

Laura Light

Albemarle County's Laura Light has fiddled her way through life.

The Spark
12:04 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Laura Bon Cash

Laura Bon Cash

Laura Bon Cash is a Waynesboro native who left to go to culinary school in Rhode Island and then returned home to create la cuisine du jour for Stone Soup Books (and Café.)

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The Spark
12:01 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Grace Ivory Zisk

Grace Ivory Zisk

Essayist Grace Ivory Zisk reflects on 9-11.

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The Spark
4:03 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Theresa Curry

Theresa Curry, on the set of a short film about food that is being produced and directed by Jimmy Overton

Theresa Curry has been writing about food for a long time and recalls her early years as a writer.

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The Spark
3:58 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Eye on Art : Realistic Art IS Abstract

ANIMATE THE IMAGE with a click. Raphael's Sistine Madonna (1513-14) and how Terry's dad might have marked it up to show the abstract structure.

Terry Ward recalls a childhood lesson from his dad about the abstract structure underpinning realism.

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The Spark
3:47 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

A Letter to J.M. Barrie

Audrey Wood accepting her Library of Congress "Letters About Literature" award.

Audrey Wood, a middle school student at North Branch School in Afton, was one of 6 national winners of the Library of Congress annual competition, "Letters About Literature."

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The Spark
3:42 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Mark Cline

Mark Cline is best known for making huge fanciful creations out of fiber glass, which show up everywhere from Dinosaur Land to Broadway.

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The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Singer/Songwriter George Washburne

George Washburne

18 year old singer/songwriter, George Washburne shares his hopes and dreams for a career in music.

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