The Spark

Friday 6:20pm
Martha Woodroof
Martha Woodroof

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
11:11 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Chirp To Win

Some world-class performers --have beaks.  We meet canary expert Andre Dight.   As a lad, Andre was once decorated for agricultural/genetics achievement by Royal Family member, the Duke of Kent.   

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Surprisingly Good Author

I won? Really?

When Staunton’s Cliff Garstang won a state-level award for his novel, What the Zhang Boys Knew, no one was more flabbergasted by this than he was. WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets the the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction honoree. 

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The Spark
6:19 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

A Twang Thang

Greg Tutwiler was working as a DJ and doing some writing when work sent him to MerleFest. Now he is the energy and expertise behind Americana Rhythm Magazine, whose mission is to “promote the culture of Americana music, its fans, its musicians, its venues, and its history.” 

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The Spark
2:14 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Adaptive Snowfest

Live music, a film narrated by Robert Redford about adaptive athletes, and demonstrations of adaptive equipment are among the items scheduled during Snowfest at Wintergreen Resort on the weekend of 11-12 Jan, 2014. WMRA's Martha Woodroof had a chat with long-time Wintergreen Adaptive Sports volunteer instructor Seth Whitten about the festival.

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The Spark
6:19 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Youthful APPeal

A chat with wise youngperson Linzy Cumbia, who designed our APP. So if you listen to WMRA through an iPhone, thank him. 

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The Spark
2:50 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Log Cabin Rescuer

Martha meets historic-building-saver Luke Ramsey of Ramsey Restoration. 

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The Spark
2:50 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Hobbit Knowledge

Bill Painter of Harrisonburg explains his 40+ year fascination with The Lord of the Rings and with the Middle Earth backstory.

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The Spark
2:41 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

What Can Roller Derby Teach The Church?

Kelly Figueroa-Ray geared-up for roller derby under her rinkname Bible ThumpHer alongside Erin "Sew Crafty" West

“Five Things the Church Can Learn from Women’s Roller Derby” is a Kelly Figueroa-Ray  essay for the Huffington Post.  HuffPo religion-blogger Kelly Figueroa-Ray has a divinity degree from Wesley and also actually does do roller derby --under the rinkname Bible ThumpHer.

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The Spark
2:45 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Play. It. Loud.

On WMRA's The Spark, we meet noise-rocker Natalie Strickland. What is noise rock?

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The Spark
7:32 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Just Don't Inhale. You'll Die.

Image courtesy: LisaAronzonGlassStudio.com

Hot glass blowpipe rule #1: DON'T INHALE. The 1500+ degree air sears the lungs.  It's dangerous work with beautiful results. Glassblower Lisa Aronzon chats with Martha Woodroof.

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