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
11:48 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show guitarist "Critter" Fuqua playing at DC's 9:30 Club. Photo credit: Flickr user ChunkyGlasses.com via Wikipedia Commons.

They've played at the Grand Old Opry, A Prairie Home Companion, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and warmed up for Dave Matthews Band. The alt-grass band Old Crow Medicine Show got started in places like  Harrisonburg's Little Grill.  WMRA's Martha Woodroof chats with two of the crows: Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua. 

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The Spark
11:54 am
Thu August 15, 2013

The Earth Connection

April Moore, who cut her activist teeth working for Ralph Nadar, now channels her activist energies and love of nature into her website The Earth Connection.

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The Spark
6:22 am
Thu August 8, 2013

"Big Deal" Park Planning in the 'Burg

Landscape Architect Ken Smith

He's Big Deal Landscape Architect Ken Smith.

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The Spark
10:59 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Wee Tiny Aeronautics

Dan Myers is "plane crazy"* for radio-controlled aircraft. Decades before drones were in the news, Dan and fellow land-pilots of the Valley Radio-Control Flying Club were soaring, diving, and corkscrewing over Rockingham County skies --while safely on the ground. 

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The Spark
10:46 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Beer-Vinegar?

Virginia Wine and craft-brewed beer are repurposed into vinegar such as you’ve never tasted before at Virginia Vinegar Works, in scenic "metropolitan" Shipman. Martha talks with  artisanal vinegar-makers Jay and Stephanie Rostow. 

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The Spark
11:54 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Artist Aaron Shifflett

Layers of clear plastic. Paintblobs. Paintstroke-oids  (sometimes actually cut-outs of biological digital images). A talk with Harrisonburg-based artist Aaron Shifflett. 

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The Spark
5:31 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

WEBEXTRA: More Orr

Image: WMRA News (tw)

Here's more from Spark guest, poet Greg Orr.
 

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The Spark
3:30 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Poet Greg Orr

Greg Orr began writing poems about death and loss and now writes poems about life and hope. 

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The Spark
8:00 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Public Radio Lifer

Al. Still doing radio. Photo credit: Jim Bishop

And our new leader.  Meet Al Bartholet, formerly (and "since forever") of WKSU public radio --who is the new head of WMRA.  His 7th grade essay about "what I want to be when I grow up" actually panned out.

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The Spark
6:49 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Roll's Essay

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons user Matěj Baťha

Youngperson Alex Roll penned the essay "Presents" for her high school English class. 

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