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.
For WMPG volunteers and listeners, the week of Begathon is a 7-day celebration of the unique opportunities that community radio offers.
“Within a five hour block of time listeners may hear global music, followed by alternative news then jazz and jive followed by indie rock,” says Program Director Jessica Lockhart. Our station provides listeners the chance to learn and grow, to hear music and news that is definititely not ‘the usual’ !”
Public Access to the Public Airwaves
WMPG is dedicated to preserving access to the public airwaves for the people of southern Maine. The 300 + WMPG volunteers represent the voices and languages, music and ideas not heard elsewhere on the broadcast dial. Located at and affiliated with the University of Southern Maine, WMPG relies largely on listeners and local business to fund the station. WMPG does not receive operations funding from USM.
“We raise our own operating funds,” says Station Manager Jim Rand, “and a majority of that is from local sources;– our listeners and local businesses. Begathon is how we – the volunteers, managers AND the listeners – accomplish that. It’s a party atmosphere here… much like a family reunion! People gather at the station to make donations, answer phones, ‘pitch’ on air, and keep the festive vibe alive for all 7 days. And there’s always lots of delicious food from local restaurants and other food providers!”
Donations may be made at any time online at WMPG.org, and during the drive by calling the Begathon hotline: 207 874-3000. WMPG invites the public to visit the station on the Portland campus of USM at 92 Bedford Street.
Supporters of the station are offered a variety of thank you gifts, from tshirts to concert tickets and from coffee mugs to unique recorded music. Special gifts will be offered during the weekday news program “Democracy Now!” to celebrate DN’s 20 years on the air.