Terry Ward

All Things Considered Host

Terry Ward hosts WMRA's afternoon Drive Time broadcasts during "All Things Considered," pens the "Eye on Art" essay series and is an assistant producer (and self-described bumper music improver) for WMRA's arts and culture show "The Spark". Ward is also the key call-screener for the program "Virginia Insight."

Ward started with WMRA in the Reagan Era as a volunteer writer, character actor, and voice mimic for the WMRA variety show "Our Little Radio Show."

Ward also hosted classical music shifts and acted as emergency back-up ersatz substitute host of last resort.  After a hiatus spent teaching art in Massachusetts and in Northern Virginia, Ward was invited to join WMRA full-time in 1997.   Ward was a regional  "All Things Considered" host before moving to "Morning Edition" for a decade and later moving back to  "All Things Considered."  Ward lingers sometimes into the nighttime classical airshifts and almost always during nighttime news special coverage (Election Day, the State of The Union, etc).

Being a regional host during an NPR program imposes its own stylistic restrictions on what one can say.  When Ward occasionally speaks freely, he thinks of his radio delivery style as a sort of audio freeform deadpan surrealism.

Ward is also the PublicRadioArtSpace curator/wall-tsar and also manages the Valley Voice reading service for the blind.

His FaceBook radio personna is RadioActive Terry Ward.


Art Exhibit
12:00 am
Fri January 1, 2016

Art Shows at PublicRadioArtSpace

Selected peeks at some of a year of WMRA art. (Detail views; actual art may be larger.)

WMRA hosts art exhibits at the Harrisonburg facility.  WMRA plans to continue boosting the regional creative community in other ways.  Artists are also mentioned on-air occasionally during our news/interview shows (like The Spark).  Map to the sitePast exhibits.

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Open Schools During Blizzards?

Image credit: Wikipedia user Burtonpe (adjustments by WMRA News /tw)

Some members of Albemarle county's school board supported keeping schools open during winter storms by temporarily switching school bus stops to the major roads most likely to be plowed first. However, the idea of schoolkids hiking slippery snowbound secondary roads in wind chill conditions alarmed some board members.

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Main Street Community Partnership
11:43 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Involuntarily-Inked Va Kids Could Get Out-of-State Help

Two Virginia girls involuntarily tattooed by their babysitter could get free removal treatments by a good Samaritan from the North.

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10:03 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

UVa Prof on NPR

Amalia Miller will be on NPR's On Point 10am-11 on Thu 9 Apr 2014. She is a UvA economics professor. The topic is: "The New Realities Of The Soft War On Women In The Workplace"

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Civic Soapbox
4:51 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Go from WV to EO?

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Should West Virginia change names? A representative from the Appalachian People's Renaming Initiave's Leaders For Other Orthology League thinks so. 

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12:09 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Grisham, Banks for Innocence Project in Charlottesville (Event Wed.6pm)

WMRA's recent Virginia Insight episode about judicial false confessions, generated so much interest that it seemed wise to pass along info about a related event.

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Art Exhibit
7:38 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Gallery Talk (Event Mon 21 Apr 6:30pm)

Pat Jarrett's "Master and Apprentice" series of poster-sized color photos of workplace-trainees and their mentors. Pictures include blacksmiths, cobblers, tribal dancers, singers, instrument-makers, printers, cheese-makers, and others --gallery talk at WMRA's Harrisonburg facility 6:30-7:30pm, Monday, April 21.

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Main Street Community Partnership
4:02 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Charlottesville Listener on NPR

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria's car moments before the fatal shooting which triggered the Great War. Image credit: Wikipedia Commons upload by user Küñall

Congrats to Heather McMann for an appearance on "All Things Considered" on Thursday, March 13, 2014. She was the first listener quoted by NPR (and the first one broadcast in her own voice) in Part IV of the series speculating about what would have happened if World War One had never happened.

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Arts & Culture
11:38 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Sting & Bill Gates On-Screen Live (and Free) in C-ville

Image credit: TEDx Charlottesville

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, a TEDx talk with Sting, Melinda and Bill Gates, Zak Ebrahim, and Gavin Schmidt will be telecast live to various venues including The Paramount on the downtown mall of Charlottesville.  The event is free and  ticket-less....

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4:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Activated: Zany "French" Redesign of I-64/US-15 Jct

Image credit: VDOT (Zion X-Rds project video: youtube.com/watch?v=kYOCC1oUivo )

Bad news: the unnerving experience of driving up the "wrong" side of the road for a bit.  Good news: big boosts in safety and in traffic flow. On Friday, Feb 21, Virginia's first-ever "French flip" intersection is scheduled to open just east of Charlottesville, at the once-sleepy but now overcrowded I-64 Zion Crossroads interchange.

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