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The SPARK is a monthly television show airing the third Friday of each month at 7:30 PM on WKNO/Channel 10 in Memphis, TN. The show spotlights organizations and individuals making a difference in the Mid-South. Park has been producing and hosting the show since its inception in 2013. Watch below as media producer and host, Jeremy C. Park, sits down with three guests on each episode to power the GOOD news.
The Spark - May 19, 2023
The theme of The SPARK May 2023 is “It Starts with Hope”. Host Jeremy C. Park interviews Susan Deason, Executive Director of Memphis Allies, an organization creating a comprehensive network of support services to help youth and adults and reduce gun violence; Lenox Warren, CEO of Hope House, a nonprofit improving the quality of life for individuals and families affected by HIV and poverty; and Lori Sepich, co-Founder of Heart Quests Support Group, a support group helping those with heart disease in the Mid-South. Plus, a profile of the 2022 Spark Award Winner Chris Hope.
The Spark - April 21, 2023
The theme of The SPARK April 2023 is “Centered on Service and Education”. Host Jeremy C. Park interviews Dr. Sarah Breazeale, Executive Director of the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross, an organization helping victims of disaster and providing programs and services that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies; Donna Nasso, Special Needs Ministry Director for Hope Church Memphis and Hope for Macky & Friends, a special needs ministry providing a safe and loving environment where everyone can thrive; and Alexa Guynes, a 5th grade ELA teacher at Dogwood Elementary honored with the Milken Educator Award, an award hailed as the “Oscars of Teaching”. Plus, a profile of the 2022 Spark Award winner Malcolm Rawls.
The Spark - March 24, 2023
The theme of The SPARK March 2023 is “Focused on Healing, Teaching and Freedom”. Host Jeremy C. Park interviews K Durell Cowan, Founder and CEO of HEAL 901, a nonprofit empowering and supporting youth to make Memphis a city a healing mentally, physically, and spiritually; Grant Monda, Executive Director of Aurora Collegiate Academy, a public charter school dedicated to the belief that college begins in kindergarten; and Jessice Van Dyke, Executive Director and Lead Counsel of the Tennessee Innocence Project, an organization working statewide to exonerate the innocent in Tennessee. Plus, a profile of the 2022 Spark Award winner Church Health.
The Spark - February 17, 2023
The theme of The SPARK February 2023 is “Empowering and Mentoring our Youth”. Host Jeremy C. Park interviews Sam O’Bryant, Executive Director of Literacy Mid-South, a nonprofit providing literacy resources and offering tutoring support in schools across the Mid-South; Greg Winston, Founder and CEO of C.L.A.Y. (Cultivating the Life of A Youth), a psychology-based program helping youth uncover their potential to succeed through mentoring and apprenticeship; and Kelley Grusin, Sr. Director of Product Development for Smith+Nephew, a company teaming with Memphis Youth Athletics to provide STEM learning opportunities. Plus, a profile of the 2022 SPARK Award winner Smith+Nephew.
The Spark - January 20, 2023
The theme of The SPARK January 2023 is “Strong Financial Futures.” Host Jeremy C. Park interviews Shelia Terrell, CEO and CO-Founder of RISE Memphis, a nonprofit helping families build assets and make better financial choices; Dr. Jim Whelan, Director of the Institute for Gambling Education and Research (T.I.G.E.R.) at the University of Memphis, an institute providing treatment to help individuals overcome their gambling problems; and Katie George Hooser, Chief Marketing Officer for IMC Companies, a local company that’s become the largest marine drayage provider in the nation with a heart for supporting area youth and nonprofits. Plus, a profile of the 2022 SPARK Award winner the University of Memphis Finish Line Program.
The Spark - December 16, 2022
The theme of The SPARK December 2022 is “Engaging and Empowering Youth.” Host Jeremy C. Park interviews Matt Thompson, President and CEO of The Memphis Zoo, the Mid-South’s passport to wildlife from across the globe with a focus on conservation and education; Nyrone Hawkins, Executive Director of Memphis Gridiron Ministries, an outreach ministry using football to help lift and develop youth; and Andy Bobowski, Co-Founder and Director of Community Engagement for Backrs, a technology platform empowering young people with a personalized team. Plus, a profile of the 2021 SPARK Award winner The Palmer Home for Children.
The Spark Awards 2022 - December 12, 2022
Rob Grayson and Tracy Bethea host the ninth annual SPARK Awards. The 2022 honorees of the SPARK Awards includes winners in 13 categories, including Legacy Award recipient Edward Bogard. The SPARK Awards is the Mid-South's annual televised award show focused on honoring individuals and organizations making a difference in our community. The SPARK Awards is an extension of The SPARK.
The Spark - November 18, 2022
The theme of The SPARK November 2022 is “Focused on Sustainability.” Host Jeremy C. Park interviews John Butler, President of Agricenter International, the Mid-South’s agricultural hub that also specializes in education, agribusiness, and research; Sarah Houston, Executive Director of Protect Our Aquifer, an organization focused on protecting, conserving and preserving the Memphis Sand Aquifer; and Bryan Eagle, CEO of Glanris, a local company turning rice hulls into filters to create clean water. Plus, a profile of the 2021 SPARK Award winner Baptist Memorial Healthcare.
The Spark - October 21, 2022
The theme of The SPARK October 2022 is "Connecting Community Through Art and Sport." Jeremy C. Park interviews Lakethen Mason, Executive Director of Memphis FilmWorks, a nonprofit film company connecting communities with compelling stories; Antonio Perez, General Manager of Memphis Sports and Event Center, a new world-class facility opening soon in the heart of Liberty Park; and Marina Cutler, President of Cutler Crane Gallery and Founder and Host of The International Brush Off Project. Plus, a profile of the 2021 SPARK Award winner Doug Bell.
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