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WMPG celebrates Black History Month

Everyday in the month of February WMPG is airing a short audio feature about an influential Black man or woman in history. We’ll hear about people from Maine to Malawi. We celebrate scientists, radicals, teachers, preachers, musicians, athletes, and those who fought to followed their dreams.

Calling all designers and creators of fabulous wearables!

WMPG invites YOU to bring your creative and clever designs to the 24th annual Fashion Show Benefit. We want YOUR designs to come alive on our runway!
From wild to normal, street to formal, all styles of clothing, jewelry, accessories and artistic wear for all ages and genres!

WMPG FAT Tuesday! Guess who won?? (hint: a newcomer!)


WMPG’s Fat Tuesday party was a blast! Woodbury Campus Center was full of incredible sounds, smells and tastes!

This year’s Cajun Cookin’ Challenge restaurant participants included: USM Dining/Sodexo (2017 champs); Bayside American Café (2015 champs); Abilene Portland; Po Boys & Pickles; Whole Foods; Lenny’s Pub of Westbrook; and Uncle Billy’s BBQ. And the winner is:
LENNY’S!
Chef Kori Reece wowed the crowd with her Cajun Bread Pudding, an unusual dish that was the talk of the Campus Center all day.

Bates Gospelaires live on Maine Gospel Train

On Sunday February 11th, the Bates Gospelaires performed live during the Maine Gospel Train’s show. DJ Sister Milka asked the choir to perform as part of celebrating Black History month.

Listen to The Gospelaires

2 Martin Luther King Specials

WMPG celebrated Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. day with two special programs by WMPG volunteers Michael Cutting and DJ Zachariah. Michael played freedom music, speeches, and more.
Listen to Michael’s show

DJ Zachariah from Palm Wine Radio played musicians who have spoken out against injustice, inequality, prejudice, while advocating for civil rights in Africa.
Listen to DJ Zachariah’s show

WMPG DJ Steve Hirshon passes away peacefully on 12/1/17

We are sad to report that longtime WMPG DJ Steve Hirshon passed away peacefully this past Friday night. During his 30 plus years at WMPG Steve wore many hats including DJ, public affairs producer, development director, sports director and serving on the WMPG Board of Directors. Until recently Steve could be heard every Thursday morning hosting his show “Hukkin’ a Chainek” – a Yiddish phrase that means making a big noise – which featured an eclectic mix of musical genres, along with interviews with community activists, authors, journalists and politicians. Steve exemplified everything that is good about WMPG and will be greatly missed.

USM Students present The Escape Pod

USM’s Media Studies Audio and Radio Production class presents The Escape Pod. These are interviews and conversations with USM professors and staff, community members, students and more. As part of learning all about radio our students produced, hosted and engineered these fifteen minutes interviews. Give a listen!

Jim Ward’s Christmas Eve Music Marathon

Jim Ward presented his 15th annual Christmas music special that ran for 17.5 hours!!!!! You can listen again if you go to our programming page and click on any of the shows between Sunday 14th 5pm through Monday 25th 8:30am.

This Sunday night DJ Shaxx Presents an “all request” show. Vote now on-line to choose the songs!

Tune in this Sunday, Nov. 19 from 9-11pm to DJ Shaxx Presents for an ALL-REQUEST Monsters of Alt-Rock special. It’s a battle between alt-rock giants – Morrissey (The Smiths), U2 and the Pixies . The playlist will be voted on by listeners. Go to this fancy survey to collect the votes.

Special Veteran’s Day Programming

On Friday November 10th (observed Veterans Day) WMPG presented stories from Veterans and music iconic to war and conflicts throughout history. We featured USM student veterans, and a few local organizations: Vet to Vet and Veterans for Peace. There is a special feature from WMPG’s own Dick Dinman about Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart and his experiences in WWII. Also featured from WMPG producer Lise Stamant, an interview with a local veteran who is working to end suicide amongst veterans. Thanks to Rachel Spigel, Mike Hallinan, and Wolf Mullen for their help in producing the program.