What's New at WMPG?
After taking a break on the WMPG Record Sale due to the pandemic, we are doing one this summer! Not the big one scheduled for November 2022 but a smaller, scaled version right at WMPG!
On Saturday, July 9th 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.
Our monthly news program Amjambo Time didn’t air in full due to a computer problem. Big apologies – so we present the entire 30 minute program here. We will also rebroadcast the entire program next Friday May 20th at 7pm. Many thanks to reporter Jean Damascene and everyone at the newspaper Amjambo Africa and our sponsor Ocean View at Falmouth
WMPG is partnering with Maine Access Immigrant Network to bring some important information about services available to immigrants for Covid testing and free Covid vaccinations. We are running audio messages on-air in six different languages. You can also hear the messages here.
It’s commencement time here at USM. While one student was selected to speak at Saturdays ceremony, many other students submitted their own speeches and we wanted you to hear a few of the finalists. Please meet these incredible students!
In addition to our wide range of talk show programming, WMPG is also host to a large number of podcasts! Between heritage and community-related content, educational and political broadcasts, and more easygoing programming based around the sharing of personal beliefs and stories, there’s something for all our listeners to enjoy in our vast collection of podcast series. Get some perspective on our shows straight from the DJs that host them.
This past Saturday was the 15th annual Record Store Day (RSD), an event celebrated all over the world.
Most Mainers know that Record Store Day began with a conversation and email exchange with Chris Brown from Bull Moose and music industry folks and a desire to celebrate independent record stores like people did within the comic industry. “It is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day.”
This Saturday April 30th is International Jazz Day and WMPG JAM – (Jazz at the Movies) will be celebrating by showing a brand new documentary movie “The Modern Jazz Quartet from Residency to Legacy”. This movie has only been shown a few times to the general public. The Director of the film, George Schuller, will be joining us in person to share his experience and answer your questions. How cool is that! On top of all that, It is FREE!
In case you’ve been missing out on some of our diverse and informative talk show programming here on WMPG, here are 16 of the best featured programs on our regular broadcasting schedule. You can tune in live or listen to a show’s back catalogue right from our website.
Calling all USM students! Are you or someone else you know from USM in a band? Do you want to prove to the ENTIRE university that YOU have the best band of all at USM????? WMPG and SEAL’s SPRING FLING BATTLE OF THE BANDS happens on Thursday April 21st @ 7:00 PM in Lower Brooks on the Gorham Campus. More info and to sign up click here!
Tonight’s show at 7pm
Amjambo Africa’s Georges Bugadu talks with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree about the asylum seeking process and the federal rule about waiting for work permits.
Madeleine Saucier of MIRC talks to us on Amjambo Time about the food program in the motels.
Rwandans and friends around the world are commemorating the genocide against the Tutsi that took place in Rwanda and killed close to one million people in 1994. The president of the Rwandan community in Maine Apollinaire Munyaneza describes this year’s planned event
And to fulfill our promise from last time – Clarisse Karasira is on the Show today – a singer from Rwanda with a huge following who is now a Mainer and busy exploring the music scene here.
WMPG’s Dave Wade interviewed Hungarian jazz pianist Laszlo Gardony on Juke Jive N’ Jazz on this past Wednesday March 30th on his Juke Jive and Jazz show. Laszlo whared his thoughts with us as the Russian war of aggression rages across
neighboring Ukraine, and talk about music being the Universal language, an instrument for hope & reassurance, a means of resistance, and a force for liberty & freedom. Missed it – listen here!
WMPG invites our listeners to once again donate to WMPG. Begathon dates are March 23 – 29
Your financial support of WMPG helps us assure that we’ll be here and making live, local, real radio for you. There will be gifts for your donation. Maybe your employer will match your donation? Donate online, in person or by phone during Begathon
JAM – Jazz at the Movies. was formed by a group of WMPG Jazz DJ’s dedicated to delivering jazz and film to Southern Maine.
Join JAM for a free screening of the film Anita O’Day, The Life of a Jazz Singer
Every day in the month of March, WMPG is airing a short audio feature about an influential woman in history. We’ll hear women from Maine to Pakistan, whose fame ranges from actress, author to activist.
In honor of Black History Month, WMPG reviewed the lives and contributions of Black icons to American pop culture by supplementing our usual programming with special shows, featured guest artists and additional on-air content throughout February. Now, as Black History Month comes to a close and Women’s History Month approaches, we invite our readers and listeners to look back on the excellence and influence of black women in the music industry.