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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Molly Nillson’s Imaginations reviewed by Jake Folsom. Last Friday, Berlin-based Swedish singer-songwriter Molly Nilsson released ‘s her seventh LP, Imaginations. Molly Nilsson’s style is consistent – independent, straightforward, minimal synth-pop. She produces & releases all of her material through her own label, Dark Skies Association, creates her own music videos, organizes tours and designs all the album artwork. If you look up any of her live performances on YouTube, most of shows feature Nilsson alone on stage singing over pre-programmed tracks. While big “indie” labels like Secretly Group and Sub Pop consistently push out a catchy brand of rock & pop free of “corporate influence”, Molly Nilsson reminds us that it’s still possible for an artist to self-produce great music.
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!
Alison’s Halo release: Eyedazzler, reviewed by Jake Folsom. Like any respectable literature, I’m going to throw too many names at you. Back in early April, a friend shared with me a press release that Manufactured Recordings would be reissuing a trio of classic, overlooked shoegaze records: KG’s Come Closer, We’re Cool, Alison’s Halo’s Eyedazzler and Bethany Curve’s Mee-Eaux. I was vaguely familiar with Bethany Curve, but had never heard of the other two. Considering my friend’s excitement over Alison’s Halo getting a vinyl reissue (and a double-LP treatment at that), I took a dive into the album and their available recordings scattered across the internet.
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.
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.