WMPG Community Radio announces that the one-week fundraising celebration affectionately known as “Begathon” has come around once again. What’s a Begathon? Fall Begathon takes place from Wednesday, Sept 21 through Tuesday Sept 27. The WMPG volunteers and managers will be asking their listener-supporters for donations totaling $50,000 to meet the station’s operations budget.
We are getting excited! Many of you have donated mucho Vinyl and CDs to the upcoming sale so it should really be exciting! The sale date for 2016 is November 5th! Location is USM Portland Sullivan Gym. 10am – 3pm.
WMPG: RADIO ASTRONOMY” First Birthday Party! We’re celebrating the first birthday of WMPG’s “Radio Astronomy,” a weekly radio program devoted to the sky and Universe and YOU are invited! Wednesday, August 3 from 7 to 9 pm at the Southworth Planetarium on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine!
A huge thanks to everyone who donated or attended this past Friday and Saturday to WMPG’s “Production Room Studio Re-Do” pledge drive and CD/Record & BBQ. With all the donations now added up we raised over $6200. Thanks especially to all the WMPG volunteers who made it all possible. The DJ’s themselves have already donated more than $10,000 to this project and with grant money received from the Maine Association of Broadcasters and now money raised this past week we are over the $28,000 mark and making our way to the $64,000 needed to complete our “Production Room Studio Re-Do”.
Night Owls! Insomniacs! The Night Time is the Right Time… To Make RADIO! WMPG Community Radio is the volunteer-run, local radio station on the Portland campus of USM. We’re live and local 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. WMPG is seeking new volunteers who would like to train as DJs for the overnight shifts. You may substitute occasionally, or try out for your own regular show!
On April 28th The Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians presented WMPG’s Dr. Anne Hallward with the Dr. Ulrich B. Jacobsohn Lifetime Achievement Award for “extraordinary and tireless efforts” on behalf of those with psychiatric disorders. This was in recognition for her WMPG program Safe Space Radio. If this wasn’t enough on May 17 the American Psychiatric Association awarded her the American Women in Psychiatry’s Jeanne Spurlock Social Justice Award for Safe Space Radio’s work to give voice to marginalized and stigmatized populations. This was given to her in Atlanta at the national meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.
We are happy to report that Jessica Lockhart has been named WMPG Program Director. Her official start date began on May 16th. For those of you not familiar with Jessica, she has a long history with WMPG and USM. She currently is a USM Media Studies Instructor for Audio Production. For WMPG she has taught classes in Hindenburg and Audacity, assisted us with managing our Begathons and previously served as WMPG Program Director. She also helps with training the incoming Blunt Youth Radio participants each year.
Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of the award winning independent daily news program “Democracy Now!” will speak in Portland on Saturday May 14, at Portland High School’s Ford Auditorium. Doors open at 1pm, and her talk begins promtply at 2. There will be a book signing at Portland High following the event.
We are sad to report that long-time WMPG Blues DJ Myron Samuels passed away suddenly and unexpectedly this past Friday. Myron has been with WMPG for more than 25 years and he anchored the Wednesday night Evenin’ Sun Blues program.
Local designers of wearable art for women, men and children will show their most creative fashions on the WMPG runway on Sunday April 10th, 7pm doors, 8 pm show at Port City Music Hall. Artistic Director Cindy Flanders reports that this year’s show includes works from new and returning designers. Styles run the spectrum from formal to street. Statement Jewelry pieces, repurposed, up-cycled and embellished clothing as well as vintage inspired garments. WMPG’s Fashion Show strives to include a wide-ranging and energetic collection of the talent & creativity that is thriving in Maine.