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Pride at WMPG

WMPG honors and celebrates Pride.  This month we will have special programming from our DJ’s and hosts

Pride Portland is on June 17th.

Saturday June 17th 2023

  • Join Annella and guests for special program facilitated by Megan McGregor (USM) and Steve Bull. June 17th – 8am – 10.30am
    • Guests: Wendy Chapkis, Ren (Pride Portland), Dale McCormick, Lois Reckitt, Dal Maxwell and more.. (to be updated)
    Pilar (NPILAR) and Annella host an hour of music, trivia and chat. 10.30am – 11.30am

    Monday, June 19th – Palme Wine Radio with-D.J. Zachariah 1pm 

    The Persecution of LGBTQ+ Individuals in Africa

    Africa, a continent renowned for its rich cultural diversity and history, unfortunately, remains a challenging place for many LGBTQ+ individuals. Despite significant progress made globally in recognizing and protecting the rights of sexual and gender minorities, a substantial number of African countries still exhibit deep-rooted prejudices and discriminatory practices against the LGBTQ+ community.

WMPG Summer Driveway Record Sale - Saturday June 10th

WMPG Summer Driveway Record/CD Sale!

On Saturday, June 10th from 10am to 3pm we are setting up in the WMPG driveway! Crazy huh! Should be fun and with tables full of LPs and CDs just waiting for you! Come find the usual hidden treasures and support WMPG! WMPG is located at 92 Bedford Street in Portland.

Sad news about volunteer, Michael Danahy

We received some sad news yesterday that longtime WMPG volunteer, Michael Danahy, has passed away while visiting California.

Michael had his hands in many things over the years here at WMPG, most recently working on the live music show – Local Motives. In the past years he worked with our Development Department, helped with events, served on our Board of Advisors and was a morning DJ on the Quilting Bee show. Michael also was a musician and released his own music.  He had his own record label.

WMPG in Congress Square Park

We’ve partnered up with the fine folks of Congress Square Park to bring our eclectic mix of DJ’s to the park.  Every other Thursday, from 5pm-8pm, a few of our DJ’s will be playing music for you at the park.

Spectacular Blues Spectacular at OLS

The WMPG Bluegrass Spectacular returned for a night of, you guessed it, bluegrass.  Pejebscot Station kicked it off with their set, followed by Breakin’ Strings with the World Famous Grassholes headlining this event that was filled with great music, a silent auction, big energy, and a sense of community.

JAM - Jazz at the Movies April 29th

In celebration of International Jazz Day, WMPG’s Jazz At the Movies (JAM) will be showing the film “Blue Note Records- Beyond the Notes” on Saturday April 29th at the Portland Conservatory of Music.  This movie is about the Blue Note Record label, but it is more about the Blue Note founders and the chemistry between them and the great musicians that recorded on this label.  This is truly a case where the musicians made the record label what it became because the owners gave them the freedom to create.  It is proof that great things happen when creative people connect through music and freedom of expression.

Interview with Dr. Nicolas Dosman and Dr. Rollo Dilworth

WMPG volunteer DJ Geo spoke with Dr. Nicolas Dosman and Dr. Rollo Dilworth about the Maine Premiere of “Weather” a concert for climate change and social justice. The concert takes place on Sunday, April 23, at 5pm, the Alfred and D. Suzi Osher School of Music at USM.

WMPG Spring Begathon update - we met our goal!

Updated to show updated figure

First a shout-out to everyone who have made the Spring Begathon a success.

To  all who donated, answered  phones, put on fantastic radio shows, entered data, donated food and more we have a huge THANKS!  You all made it happen.

WMPG's 18th Bluegrass Spectacular Returns

After a three year hiatus, the WMPG fundraiser – Bluegrass Spectacular is back on April 13th, 2023

Join WMPG at Portland’s listening room, One Longfellow Square for an evening of local Maine bluegrass bands including:  The World Famous Grassholes;  Breakin’ Strings; and Pejepscot Station.  There will also be a silent auction.

Eurydice Rising

The University of Southern Maine’s Department of Theatre cordially invites you to Eurydice Rising, created in collaboration with the Osher School of Music.

Eurydice Rising reimagines one of Ancient Greece’s most iconic myths of Orpheus and Eurydice in theatre, opera, and dance. This beautiful, moving show is a feast for the eye and ears as it follows Orpheus’s journey into the underworld to be reunited with his young bride, Eurydice, after her death. It’s a story of love, loss, and creative expression that exceeds the bounds of life and death, presence and absence.

Meet USM's Community of Color

We continue our series were we get to know the varied and interesting people who make up USM. WMPG student intern Tash Schneiderat spoke with a few members of FASOC. You’ll hear from Kiva Wright-Berry, Keith Danner, Larissa Malone, and Michelle Vazquez-Jacobus.

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.

WMPG working to qualify for a CPB Community Service Grant again

You may have noticed that we no longer have CPB underwriting announcements read after some of our programs. This is due to WMPG no longer receiving this funding. For more than 20 years WMPG has received this funding but last year we lost the funding due to no longer meeting their qualifications. Radio stations like ours need to meet certain criteria to be funded including the number of listeners as measured by a ratings agency, the number of paid staff, the amount of non-federal funds raised and financial reports. We had an issue with our financial reports which led to this. We are working hard to re-qualify and starting in July will move under a department at USM.  We are hoping this will lead to another 20 years of funding from this important source of support!

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.

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