• Spring Begathon March 2022
    WMPG's Spring Fundraiser - March 2022

What's New at WMPG?

WMPG Media Sponsor for Portland Ovations "somewhere/elsewhere"

We are excited to be a media sponsor for somewhere/elsewhere

  • Commissioned Maine Artist by Portland Ovations
  • Thursday, March 23, 2023, 7 PM
  • Westbrook Performing Arts Center

somewhere/elsewhere is a one-night-only concert reading of a new pop-rock musical that immerses us in the migration, losses, and triumphs of a contemporary Turkish immigrant to the U.S. Weaving together Turkish poetry and legend with the original sounds of major label rock band Thanks to Gravity, somewhere/elsewhere is a story of discovering love, joy and belonging in the midst of turbulence, discrimination, and racism; of separation, loss and triumph over the cultural hurdles of ignorance and hate.
This performance includes mature language and will be ASL interpreted.

18th Bluegrass Spectacular Returns

After a three year hiatus, the WMPG fundraiser – Bluegrass Spectacular is back!
April 13th, 2022

This year’s line up include:

Pejepscot Station, Breakin’ Strings, and The World Famous Grassholes.

Pejepscot Station

Pejepscot Station is a Maine band based in the Village of Pejepscot in Topsham, Maine. They have been playing music and performing as a band since 2011. Their love of bluegrass, Americana, folk and country songs reflects the range of interests of the five members of the band. Pejepscot Station’s sound encompasses a diverse mix of broad harmonies, lively Bluegrass instrumentals, and compelling tunes. Currently working in the studio to record their second album, their relaxed stage presence inspires the audience to share the obvious fun they are having on stage. As comfortable feeling as a favorite pair of old shoes, Pejepscot Station will get your toes tapping, get you laughing, and plant a song or two in your head for the trip home. So, pull up a chair, relax and have a good time.

Breakin’ Strings

After a 10 year hiatus … Breakin’ Strings returned in 2022 and didn’t waste any time! As soon as they rejoined they started writing new material and headed south to Nashville from Maine to record at the legendary Blackbird Studio. The result, “Hangovers & Heartaches,” is a collection of 12 tunes sure to recall the greats of the high and lonesome and recently reviewed in Bluegrass Unlimited.

Meet USM student Leola-Christine

Leola-Christina is a freshman who just began her studies here at USM this January! Wait til you hear more about her interests and goals, please listen to our audio interview with her.

Spring Begathon 2023

We invite our listeners to once again donate to WMPG. The dates for our spring Begathon this year are March 22-28!

Your financial support of WMPG helps us assure that we’ll be here and making live, local, real radio for you. 

Meet USM student Shannon Craig

WMPG will introduce you to students, faculty and staff that are making a difference here at USM. We present an audio interview with USM student who is a Media Studies major and does work-study at WMPG. Listen in and learn more about Shannon Craig.

Meet USM student Yasmin Idow

WMPG will introduce you to students, faculty and staff that are making a difference here at USM. We present an audio interview with Yasmin Idow, please enjoy and meet this wonderful young person.

Dave Wade interviews Delfeayo Marsalis

If anybody knows about Mardi Gras, it’s trombonist and bandleader Delfeayo Marsalis, who will be Dave’s special guest on Juke Jive N’ Jazz this afternoon, (Feb.15th)

New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, is alive and happening, and Delfeayo will be here to tell you about it and his brand new album, “Uptown on Mardi Gras Day”

 Leroy Jones- A Man and His Trumpet - free screening

Our Jazz at the Movies team are back with another free screening.

 “Leroy Jones- A Man and His Trumpet” celebrating New Orleans shining heritage as the Birthplace of Jazz.

The screening is at the Portland Conservatory of Music, on Saturday, February 18th, 7 PM.

Black History Month - daily audio features

One way we are celebrating Black History month is by picking out many different people from the Black community and highlighting their stories. From musicians, to writers and actors, you’ll enjoying hearing a bit more about these famous and interesting people.

Black History Month at WMPG with daily audio features

Our University of Southern Maine (USM) students and DJ’s are honoring Black History Month at WMPG. This year’s theme is Black Resistance.

You will hear specially curated playlists from DJ’s.  Our students are producing audio which will highlight achievements and contributions, including pre-colonial history plus profiles of contemporary figures recognizing people from politics, education, pop culture, sports and other areas.

WMPG proud to sponsor Wabanaki Stories

WMPG is proud to be a media sponsor for Portland Ovations’ Wabanaki Stories.

The land and waters known as Maine have been home to Wabanaki People for over 12,000 years. This vibrant production of Wabanaki stories and music spotlights five Wabanaki artists coming from several different nations and traditions. Musician Tania Morey (Tobique) sings of the Wolastoq; Jennifer Pictou (Mi’kmaq) regales with spirit stories told in the company of a large puppet; Dwayne Tomah (Passamaquoddy) shares stories that showcase his native language, Passamaquoddy; and Jason Brown aka Firefly (Penobscot) electrifies with cutting-edge technology blended with ancient frequencies. Director, artist and author Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy) intersperses each with music and narration.

WMPG schedule refresh

Beginning Tuesday January 17th, you will hear new shows alongside your favorites – some have moved into different times and days.

Why are we mixing things up?

WMPG is turning 50 this year, and we wanted to return to our roots, offering radio that is surprising, eclectic, and truly local. We are radio made by community and University of Southern Maine members.  Thanks for being the world’s best listeners!  Take a peek at our new schedule.

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