Posts Categorized: News

WMPG’s Advisory Board of Directors seeks Listener Representatives – application deadline 7/7/17

WMPG’S Board of Directors is seeking a listener from the Southern Maine Community as a representation of WMPG’s audience. Listener Representatives are full board members and as such participate in formulating station policy and long range planning. These are two-year positions with meetings held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm on the USM Portland campus.

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Audio Documentary about Franklin Arterial

WMPGer and recent USM graduate Alec Hirschberg, created a audio documentary for his last semester at USM. “And Then it Felt Like a Slum: The story of Franklin Arterial.” The story aired on May 23rd and 30th. Alec describes the documentary as looking into the urban renewal of the mid 1900s, and how it gave people the ability to zip from place to place in cars, traveling by land quickly and conveniently. But, for many residents of downtown Portland, the urban renewal and the construction of the Franklin St. arterial spelled the beginning of a drastic change in life as they knew it, something that many would never recover from. Alec interviews former Franklin Street residents, former City Manger, local residents of Portland and more.

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WMPG welcomes school group from Peaks Island

On an otherwise quiet Wednesday morning, 43 students from Peaks Island School filled the studios of WMPG Community Radio. The students will be a part of the Saturday morning “Chickens R People2” broadcasts on June 3 and 17, and came for a short but fun visit in preparation for their shows.

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David Brancaccio visited WMPG for a look at Community Radio at USM!

WMPG’s Chris Darling interviewed award-winning journalist David Brancaccio host of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Reports who was at USM on Friday May 12th. He was here as part of the USM Corporate Partners series Examining Fake News. He focused on what reporting the news means in this remarkable time. David Brancaccio’s reporting focuses on the future of the economy, financial and labor markets, technology, the environment and social enterprises. David grew up in central Maine and has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University. He attended schools in Italy, Madagascar, and Ghana. USM is proud to announce that Mr. Brancaccio will be receiving an honorary Doctorate Degree the following day at USM’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony.

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Federal Funding and Community Radio

In the Trump Administration’s initial budget the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is defunded. For nearly 50 years, the CPB has supported high quality programming across non-commercial radio, television and digital platforms. WMPG receives 25% ($70,000) of its annual operating funds from CPB, funds that provide for informative national syndicated programming and also help cover numerous expenses, from electricity to equipment to staffing.

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Alex Nahas from the band Bright Brown visited WMPG and demonstrated the Chapman Stick!

Alex Nahas from the Brooklyn NY band Bright Brown , was a guest on Peter Turner’s “Blind Hope Radio” this past Thursday and featured an awesome performance playing a Chapman Stick . (The Stick) is an electric musical instrument devised by Emmett Chapman in the early 1970s. A member of the guitar family, the Chapman Stick usually has ten or twelve individually tuned strings and has been used on music recordings to play bass lines, melody lines, chords, or textures. Mixing bittersweet layers and textures abound, and beautifully crafted songs it was a wonderful show. Click here to listen to the entire performance!

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WMPG Fashion Show – Grassroots and Stunning! April 23

WMPG’s 13th annual Fashion Show is coming right up! Sunday April 23 at Port City Music Hall. Doors at 7; Show at 8. Creative designers from around southern Maine are putting the finishing touches on their creations for the WMPG runway. From Street to Formal… From WILD to normal… WMPG welcomes designs of varying styles for women, men and children for a diverse and visually stunning runway show.

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WMPG Spring Begathon March 16 to 22

WMPG Community Radio announces that the one-week fundraising celebration affectionately known as “Begathon” has come around once again. Spring Begathon takes place from Thursday March 16 through Wednesday March 22. The WMPG volunteers and managers will be asking their listener-supporters for donations totaling $50,000 to meet the station’s operations budget.

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Press Perspectives-audio features from USM’s Newspaper The Free Press

The Free Press is the official student newspaper of the University of Southern Maine. The papers mission is to be the definitive source of news and commentary for the USM community. In September 2016, the Free Press started recording audio commentaries titled Press Perspectives that air on WMPG on Tuesdays at 7am, 8am and 4pm. The weekly features are spearheaded by editor-in-chief Krysteana Scribner.

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WMPG celebrates Women’s History Month

Everyday in the month of March WMPG is airing a short audio feature about an influential woman in history. We’ll hear women from Maine to Pakistan who’s fame ranges from Actress, Author to Activist.

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