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WMPG Community Radio Fall Begathon is coming! Wednesday, October 18 through Tuesday, October 24, with a goal of $50,000 to meet WMPG’s operations budget. For WMPG volunteers and listeners, the week of Begathon is a 7-day celebration of the creative and listening experiences that community radio offers. “It’s Begathon…Time to ask the listening community for support for the unique programming created by WMPG’s team of over 200 volunteers. During Begathon, we celebrate the fun, the opportunities and the responsibilities that community radio presents to southern Maine and beyond,” explains Program Director Jessica Lockhart.
The 2017 WMPG Record Sale is coming up on November 4th! Location is USM Portland Sullivan Gym. 10am – 3pm. To make the sale a success we need your donations! Clear away those Records/CDs/Turntables/Amplifiers and Speakers taking up space! Just give us a call at (207) 780-4424 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Our crack team of drivers will quickly arrive at your house to clean away all those old records that are taking up space! We will then give you a receipt which can be used for a tax deduction!
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.
If you love radio and especially if you love WMPG, we’d like to invite you to participate with us in National Radio Day on Sunday August 20th. Across the country stations will be celebrating radio – your source for great music and talk produced by members of your community. We are looking for testimonials and Facebook posts on why you love radio and what WMPG means to you.
Ashley Kotzur and Mark Magee just broadcast their 150th show. A fan of the show made some award plaques to honor these goofy guys. The Portland Files airs every Wednesday night at 7:30pm. Tune in for some of the most outrageous and outlandish fun. Rounding out the team is Courtney Edmands. listen here
DJ Dale ended her long running and popular show “Wheeeedoggies” in June, but not everyone got a chance to hear her final show. So we offer it up complete with her traditional phone call to Mama.
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.