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We are sad to report that longtime WMPG DJ Steve Hirshon passed away peacefully this past Friday night. During his 30 plus years at WMPG Steve wore many hats including DJ, public affairs producer, development director, sports director and serving on the WMPG Board of Directors. Until recently Steve could be heard every Thursday morning hosting his show “Hukkin’ a Chainek” – a Yiddish phrase that means making a big noise – which featured an eclectic mix of musical genres, along with interviews with community activists, authors, journalists and politicians. Steve exemplified everything that is good about WMPG and will be greatly missed.
USM’s Media Studies Audio and Radio Production class presents The Escape Pod. These are interviews and conversations with USM professors and staff, community members, students and more. As part of learning all about radio our students produced, hosted and engineered these fifteen minutes interviews. Give a listen!
On Friday November 10th (observed Veterans Day) WMPG presented stories from Veterans and music iconic to war and conflicts throughout history. We featured USM student veterans , and a few local organizations: Vet to Vet and Veterans for Peace . There is a special feature from WMPG’s own Dick Dinman about Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart and his experiences in WWII. Also featured from WMPG producer Lise Stamant, an interview with a local veteran who is working to end suicide amongst veterans. Thanks to Rachel Spigel, Mike Hallinan, and Wolf Mullen for their help in producing the program.
Wow – Thanks to everyone who made the 22nd Annual Record Sale a huge success! The weather was perfect, the set-up and clean-up was the fastest ever. After deducting expenses, donations to WMPG from this event are over $10,000. Thanks to everyone who donated records and CDs or helped work the event. It couldn’t have happened without all your help. The Friday night load-in was amazing! We had more than 30 people here and had the truck loaded in under an hour. Smoothest load-in ever! The clean-up was done in two hours! The sale was very well attended with more than 500 people paying to get in.
WMPG Community Radio Fall Begathon is coming close to the goal of $50,000, needed to meet WMPG’s operations budget.You can help us reach the goal with a call to 207 874-3000 or a visit to WMPG.ORG. The WMPG community is grateful for all the local food establishments that keep our volunteer crew well fed and happy during Begathon!
It’s a WMPG tradition! The Bluegrass Spectacular! Monday, October 2, at One Longfellow Square. Details and tickets at OneLongfellowSquare.com Join the Intergalactic Yurt Band, the Grassholes, and Tricky Britches as they light up the OLS stage for WMPG. Our WMPG hosts for the evening will be Blizzard Bob, of Wednesday morning’s “Blue Country” and Bobby “DJ Shaxx” Shaddox of Sunday evening’s “DJ Shaxx Presents!
We are sad to have to report that WMPG’er Tanner Olin Smith has passed away. Tanner was a USM student and WMPG work-study student. If your band played on our Local Motives show in the last couple years you will likely remember Tanner. He helped engineer the show. The whole community was shocked and sad to hear of his passing and there was a memorial concert held at One Longfellow Square to celebrate Tanner’s life. The event was called AQUAMARINE: A MEMORIAL CONCERT FOR TANNER OLIN SMITH is a celebration of the life and music of Tanner Olin Smith. It featured his former bandmates, collaborators, & friends presenting memories, thoughts, and songs written by or inspired by Tanner. Aquamarine is one of many songs Tanner wrote and performed with his former band Laminated Cat .Tanner’s family donated the proceeds from the event to Tanner’s favorite institutions, the Tanner Smith Memorial Fund at Erskine Academy and WMPG. It was a sad but uplifting event and all who attended were moved deeply.
Blunt Youth Radio Project is hosting an Open House, on MONDAY, September 25th from 7:00-8:30 PM at WMPG – Southern Maine Community Radio on the USM Portland campus at 92 Bedford Street. Check out our live show and find out how you can join. This is a FREE radio training for teens. You get to do a weekly talk show on community radio.
The Late, Late Show aired on Friday September 1st, an interview with Daniel Rodriguez the former NYC Police Officer that sang the National Anthem and God Bless America at Yankee Stadium after the 9/11 tragedies. Then join Jim Ward at 11pm, on Sept 9th and 15th for his 9/11 tribute show.