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
12:27 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Load! Aim! FIRE!

Photo: WMRA News / Charlie Woodroof

Lowell Haarar crafts flintlock guns and powderhorns. WMRA's Martha Woodroof visits the gun-maker's workshop. 

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The Spark
11:48 am
Sat February 2, 2013

The Great Hank Williams Died Here. So Drunk.

WMRA News (tw)

In a parking lot. It gets one thinking.  Martha Woodroof ponders wasted human potential and also wholesome, friendly folks --while palming a relic from the West Virginia site where the star's  addictions won. 

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The Spark
9:02 am
Sat February 2, 2013

House-call Veterinarian Kathleen Conner

Kathleen Conner talks about being a house-call veterinarian  and also describes some of the adventures involved with training search-and-rescue dogs.

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The Spark
11:10 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Mrs Rowe's Cookbook Author. And Murder

A mysterious death among the scrapbooking ladies  --Waynesboro author Mollie Cox Bryan has moved from recording recipes to penning murder fiction.  

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The Spark
12:43 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Item 1: How To Safely Go Down a 40-Foot Waterfall

Item 2: How to rescue those who failed to go down the 40-foot waterfall safely.   The "Canoe Guru," Eli Helbert, joins us. 

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The Spark
11:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

I Can't. I Have Rehearsal.

The addictive quality of musical theater --an essay from Mariflo Stephens. 

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The Spark
10:26 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Watter Music (sic)

Eve Watters plays a dozen different instruments. 

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The Spark
3:29 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

Free Trombonapallooza (or Something)

Sat 19 Jan 4pm free at JMU: more trombones than you can wiggle a spitvalve at, exuberantly blatting and fronking-out jazzy tunes (see pic).  In the spirit of this event, WMRA's The Spark  replays a chat with trombonist Robert Mott.  Brass music "takes strong lips" and skilled raspberry-blowing ability.    

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The Spark
1:01 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Stained Glass Designer Zac Nafziger

Image credit: ZNstainedGLASS.com

Zac finds artsy inspiration everywhere. He and Martha chat about glass and color and life. 

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The Spark
12:16 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Strolling with Alzheimer's

Kim Johnson and her father.

Another essay from Kim Johnson.

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