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.

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

Kate Tamarkin

Dec 2, 2011

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

Matthew Minnicino

Dec 2, 2011

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

Steve White

Dec 2, 2011

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

Elliot Majerczyk

Nov 18, 2011

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"

Dan Bonner

Nov 18, 2011

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.

Eye on Art : Camera Angle and "Like"

Nov 18, 2011

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.

Anita Cooper

Nov 11, 2011

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

An essay by Kim Johnson.

Eye on Art : A Gender-Bendy Exhibit

Nov 4, 2011

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

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