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Thanks for your Begathon donations

We were truly overwhelmed by your incredible generosity during our recent Spring fundraiser. We faced some challenges due to being off the air during the winter storm but I’m pleased to share that we anticipate reaching $55,000 of our $60,000 goal.  Your support ensures that we can continue to bring you the radio shows you love. Thank you for investing in community radio!  From all the team here at WMPG, a big thank you.

WMPG’s Battle of the Bands at USM’s Gorham Campus

Last weekend, the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus became a hotspot for music enthusiasts as WMPG’s Battle of the Bands contest unfolded, delivering a night of pulsating rhythms and soul-stirring melodies. As an avid supporter of local talent, I was eager to witness the magic, and the event did not disappoint. Here’s a glimpse into the electrifying performances and the standout winners who stole the show. From the first chord to the final encore,…

One Hundred Thorns
One Hundred Thorns

Women’s History Month — Daily Audio Features

In honor of Women’s History Month, WMPG is proud to spotlight remarkable women in our community and around the world. Throughout March, we’re dedicating each day to telling the story of one of the many women trailblazers, activists, artists, leaders, and unsung heroes who have shaped our world. Tune in to hear our daily audio features or listen to them below! Marie Curie Flannery O’Connor Quinta Brunson June Mckenzie Jennifer Roe Gloria Steinem Michelle Zauner  Angela Davis  Michelle Yeoh Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Toni Morrison Jessica Meir Josephine Baker Margaret E. Knight Margaret Chase Smith Tu Youyou Rose Marasco Karen Carpenter

Dr. Idella Glenn on Intercultural Insights — Read the article here!

On her most recent episode of Intercultural Insights, Dr. Idella Glenn sat with Bob Greene, a former journalist and teacher of Maine’s Black history at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Dr. Glenn is one of four hosts of Intercultural Insights and her segment of the show airs on the third Tuesday of every month. On the first Tuesday, you can hear Rose Barboza on the Black Owned Maine Podcast. On the second Tuesday, Dr. David…

DJ Shaxx karaoke weather reports

DJ Shaxx gives us the weather report in an unconventional way – the karaoke weather report!  He has added his karaoke weather reports in a youtube channel. Check them out here

DJ Shaxx
DJ Shaxx

WMPG on 207tv (News Center Maine)

WMPG was recently featured on 207tv,  hosted by Rob Caldwell & Samantha York.  You can view here:

Perky
Perky

WMPG Film Screening at USM – Feb. 15th

Missed seeing our film?   We are having another screening at USM (Talbot Hall within Luther Bonney Hall) – just across the road from WMPG. Talbot Lecture Hall, USM Portland Campus, Feb. 15th @ 6pm Movie at 6.00pm Movie is 30 minutes long. About the film The documentary takes viewers on a remarkable journey through the lives of the community members and USM students who work tirelessly to make their space truly extraordinary. It highlights the shared…

An Extraordinary Place Film Screening
An Extraordinary Place Film Screening

WMPG’s 2024 Annual Mardi Gras Cajun Cookin’ Challenge Winner is Bayside American Cafe

Congrats to Bayside American Cafe as they took first place in the WMPG’s Annual Cajun Cookin’ Challenge On Fat Tuesday, February 13th we were so excited to bring back the Cajun Cookin’ Challenge for another year of culinary delight and community celebration. More than 400 people attended and enjoyed this annual event. For the first time we celebrated the party in the new McGoldrick Student Success Center on the Portland Campus of the University of…

WMPG Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Poster
WMPG Mardi Gras Party - Feb 13th USM McGoldrick Center

Love & Recovery Valentine’s Day Show — Feb. 14th 1pm

WMPG and USM’s Recovery Oriented Campus Center (ROCC) are teaming up to bring you some great Valentine’s Day music on Wednesday February 14th from 1-2:30 p.m. Do you have a story or a few words to share about a special someone? Or would like to share what you love about your recovery? Perhaps you want to request a song that has meaning to you? Well, let us know! We will be taking call-ins throughout the…

Black History Month – Daily audio features

WMPG honors and celebrates Black History Month,  You will hear stories about many different people from the Black community. From musicians to writers and actors, you’ll enjoy hearing a bit more about these well known and interesting people. A Tribe Called Quest Eartha Kitt bell hooks Josephine Baker Lewis Latimer Bob the Drag Queen Shirley Chisholm Duke Ellington Leslie Odom Jr. Angela Davis Lead Belly Robert Lewis Beverly Glenn-Copeland Audra McDonald Claudette Colvin John Brown…

Black History Month
Black History Monthy

NEW SHOW: Intercultural Insights

Intercultural Insights. Every Tuesday, from 11:30 am until noon, Intercultural Insights will feature a rotation of four distinct programs highlighting community events and stories in the Portland area. On the first Tuesday of every month will be the Black Owned Maine Podcast hosted by Rose Barboza. Rose will sit down with Black entrepreneurs in Maine to hear their stories and inspire the next generation of wealth builders. On the second Tuesday of each month, Intercultural…

Special Three-hour Program In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, WMPG presents a special three-hour program hosted by volunteer Michael Cutting, on Monday, January 15th, from 1 to 4 pm. Join us in paying tribute to the powerful speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. and immerse yourself in the soul-stirring music that defined the Civil Rights era. Explore the links below to access some of MLK Jr.’s longer works, including recordings of his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance…

Schedule changes January 1st

WMPG’s schedule is doing some more changes starting January 1st. See a preview of the new schedule here.  WMPG new January schedule The highlighted green are shows moving or new shows.

WMPG AT 50
WMPG AT 50

WMPG and Foulmouthed’s Face for Radio now available

Foulmouthed Brewing , a much loved local craft brewery, and WMPG, your innovative community radio station, are excited to announce a unique partnership that will culminate in the launch of Face for Radio lager. This collaboration celebrates WMPG’s 50th anniversary, the spirit of community, craft and creativity.    Craig Dilger, owner and brewer says “We brewed this lager to be clear like a transmission from your local radio station. It has a delicious pilsner style malt base and…

WMPG welcomes 2 new part-time staff

We are excited to announce 2 new staff.  Carly takes over as WMPG’s Blunt Youth Co-Ordinator and David Rogers Berry takes over as Technical Director Carly Peruccio (pictured) is our new Blunt Youth Radio Program Coordinator. Carly is an audio reporter and producer. She graduated from, then taught at, Salt. You can also find Carly at Portland Public Library (Teen Library). I’m also happy to have a fellow soccer fan at WMPG! Listen out for…

David-Rogers-Berry
David-Rogers-Berry

New Studio for WMPG Opening in Gorham

We are excited to announce the opening of a new voiceover studio on the Gorham campus here at USM. A collaboration with WMPG, audio producer, Fred Greenhalgh , the USM Theater department, Music department and other arts departments will bring this new project to life shortly. The opening of this studio is made possible thanks to a generous donation from the family of well-known actor and audio producer, Bill Dufris. The new Dufris Studio/Studio 51 will allow students to…

Dufris Studio

Dia de los Muertos

After much discussion with the planning committee, the organisers have decided to go ahead with this event to offer a community space for remembrance. WMPG, in collaboration with the vibrant Latine community and the Department of Intercultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine , is proud to announce a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration on Saturday, November 4th, 2023 at Urban Farm Fermentory . This rich cultural event promises an evening of tradition, remembrance, and unity,…

Fall Fundraiser – Oct 18-24

CALL 207 874-3000 TO MAKE YOUR DONATION As of 10/24 we have about $5,000 to go WMPG is officially 50 years old! Back in 1973, university officials recognized the importance of college radio and helped make WMPG a legal station. Your donations have helped keep us on the air. We invite you to join us in commemorating the rich history, remarkable people, and incredible music that have graced our airwaves, and we urge you to…

Begathon 2023
Begathon 2023

WMPG 50th birthday bash – Oct, 14th at McGoldrick Student Center, Portland Campus

The 50th birthday is this Saturday (14th).   Join our short parade from WMPG to the new McGoldrick Student Success Center. The Ideal Maine Social Aid and Sanctuary Band will head the parade at 5.30pm with their New Orleans style parade band. REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE Want to be in the parade?  Meet us at WMPG at 5:30pm, 92 Bedford Street. The more the merrier! Starting at 6pm at the McGoldrick Student Success Center there will be food and beverages…

WMPG wins Best Website at MAB’S

The Maine Association of Broadcasting Award s, otherwise knowm as ‘the MAB’s’, awarded WMPG ‘Best Website’ in their digital category. We are thrilled to win this award for the hard work we put into maintaining and updating wmpg.org Our website was initially designed by Page 1 Solutions and is managed/updated by Development Director, Annella Linton. Big thanks to Remy Lindemann and Serge Vladimiroff for all their help in the web development side and to USM student, Paul Keffler who helped…