The Spark

The Spark
11:01 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Nelson's Rockabilly Christmas Music

Dana Nelson, a guest on WMRA's The Spark,  is mostly a stone mason, having learned his trade over a decade spent working in Ireland. But occasionally, he moonlights as a musician... and he’s allowed The Spark to premier his soon-to-be Christmas classic, "Rockabilly Christmas on the Radio."
 

The Spark
11:55 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Mimi Elrod

Mimi Elrod

Lexington Mayor Mimi Elrod jumped into local politics as a way to re-ignite her own spark after the death of her husband.

The Spark
4:06 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Doug Harwood - "Doing Radio"

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

The Spark
4:02 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Kate Tamarkin

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

The Spark
3:43 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Matthew Minnicino

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

The Spark
3:37 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Steve White

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

The Spark
11:51 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Elliot Majerczyk

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"

The Spark
11:50 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Dan Bonner

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.

The Spark
11:24 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Eye on Art : Camera Angle and "Like"

Students posing in the photo-op project. On the left, the "candidate" who got good camera treatment (and won the election). The bad angles candidate is on the right.

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.

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The Spark
11:42 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Anita Cooper

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

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