Posts Categorized: News

‘MPG Morning News – weekdays 7 & 8am

In October, WMPG began airing daily morning news Monday through Friday. Volunteer news anchors now present news breaks at 7 and 8am each day within existing morning music programs. State and local headlines are written and read by the volunteer anchors, and original reports created by WMPG volunteer reporters.

Planned Giving: Make WMPG a Part of Your Legacy

Many people think that planned giving is a difficult process and only something that wealthy people can do. In reality, planned giving is easy to do and a great opportunity to leave a legacy for future generations. Planned giving, or gift planning, enables individuals to make larger gifts to nonprofits and charities than they normally could make from their income. Depending on the type of gift chosen, an individual may enjoy tax benefits, secure a lifetime income stream and provide additional income for heirs. These gifts, while planned now, help ensure that the voice of WMPG Community Radio will be alive and well for years to come.

The WMPG 19th Annual Record & CD Sale – November 8th!

19th Annual WMPG CD/Record Sale happens on Saturday, November 8th at the USM Portland Sullivan Gym. Runs from 10am to 3pm.

We are still accepting CD/Records/Turntables/Amplifiers & Speakers as donations for the sale! Call (207) 780-4424 or e-mail the

Record Sale

WMPG 12th Annual Bluegrass Spectacular fills up One Longfellow Square on October 20th

On Monday, October 20, WMPG Community Radio presented the 12th Annual Bluegrass Spectacular at One Longfellowsquare . Local Bluegrass legends, Tumbling Bones, The Grassholes, the Jerks of Grass performed. WMPG’s Ceci Gilson, host of Thursday’s “Kitchen Party” program was MC the evening. Doors opened at 6 PM and the place quickly filled to near capacity! Thanks to everyone who came to the show and especially the bands who were stupendous! All proceeds from the Bluegrass Spectacular benefited… Read more »

WMPG Volunteers Win Three Maine Association of Broadcasters Awards

WMPG volunteers have won three awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters. Each year the MAB recognizes and honors the best work of Maine-based broadcasters through their annual News and Creative Awards. Entries come from both commercial and and non- commercial broadcasters, including Maine Public Broadcasting.

Maine Association of Broadcasters

WMPG’s Fall Begathon Ended Tuesday Night but There’s Still Time to Give!

First a huge thanks to everyone who donated to the Fall Begathon. Without all the help from all you wonderful listeners, area businesses, volunteers on the phones and of course the fantastic programmers we wouldn’t have had a Fall Begathon! To date 831 donors have pledged $41,049! Wow – we do love begathons and this one was very exciting with all the happenings going on around USM!

WMPG Fall Begathon

USM President David Flanagan Interviewed on WMPG

On Friday morning, 9/12, USM Interim President David Flanagan visited the WMPG studios and spoke with long-time volunteer host Steve Hirshon about the challenges USM faces this year. The interview will air on WMPG this Monday morning, 9/15, from 8 to 8:30am, and is also available for download here.

David Flanagan

The Maine Blues Society celebrates 25 years!

Twenty-five years ago then WMPG Program Director Ed Noyes loved blues music. He loved it so much he created the WMPG Evenin’ Sun program, MPG’s flaghip blues show still heard six nights a week from 5-7pm. He also took his love of blues to another level, helping create the Southern Maine Blues Society. To make this love complete he opened his own nightclub called Morganfields which brought the best national blues acts to Portland. The… Read more »

Maine Blues Society

WMPG presented Shadows of Liberty at Local Sprouts Cooperative on Monday June 9th @ 7pm.

WMPG in partnership with Local Sprouts Cooperative, presented a screening of an acclaimed social justice documentaryShadows of Liberty about corporate control of the mass media. All proceeds from ticket sales benefited WMPG.

Shadows of Liberty

Flatbread Pizza for a WMPG benefit on draws crowd

Thanks goes out to everyone who joined us on Tuesday May 20th for pizza or two at Flatbread Pizza on Commercial Street in Portland. Flatbread donated $3.50 to WMPG for each pizza ordered between 5-9pm! Yea! Thanks Flatbread Pizza for supporting WMPG and all the other non-profits you support as part of this project!

WMPG’s 10th annual Fashion Show was lots of fun at Port City Music Hall! Videos now available of show! Thanks Foo Crew!

Another huge thanks goes out to everyone who came out and supported WMPG at our 10th Annual WMPG Fashion Show Benefit! It featured local fashion designers presenting their works in a fast-paced, high fashion setting with a hometown touch. It all took place at Port City Music Hall in Portland. The show included entertainment by Dark Follies Vaudeville theHoop Vixzens plus live music by The Moodiest. A huge thanks to The Foo Crew who were there and filmed the entire show… Read more »

WMPG’s founder Howard Allen attended the WMPG 40th Birthday Party – listen to him give a brief history of how WMPG started!

40 years ago Howard Allen was attending USM, then known as UMPG, and was instrumental in creating WMPG!Thanks Howard! On 4/23/14 we had a live broadcast event and community gathering to celebrate the station’s 40th Birthday. Howard attended and was interviewed by longtime WMPG’er Jessica Lockhart. Click here to listen to the Howard Allen interview The celebration started at 10am with an hour of special programming originating from the station’s studios. Howard dropped in then and was one of many to stop by. The… Read more »

Jessica Lockhart & Howard Allen
Jessica Lockhart & Howard Allen at the 40th birthday!

EdTalk – USM forum discussion about the state of education in Maine.

On Thursday, November 21st, WMPG broadcast USM Edtalks live from USM’s Hannaford Hall. This was a chance for the USM community to speak to a panel of Maine Senate and House Representatives about the rising cost of education, budget cuts and the future of public higher education in Maine. The forum was co-hosted by USM Student Government, The Free Press, WMPG, and the USM Executive Director of Student Life & Dean of Students. The moderator… Read more »

Check out the new Gallery Talk Blog!

Lars – WMPG’s host of You’ll Dance To Anything, Sundays 9-11pm also presents us with Gallery Talk, a 2 minute arts module heard weekly on WMPG. He also provides it in a blog format. Gallery Talk can be heard Thursdays 7:00am, 5:00pm & 8:30pm on WMPG! Or check out the blog at

NAACP’s Rachel Talbot Ross responds to LePage’s “kiss my butt” comment. Click below for audio.

Rachel Talbot Ross is the State Director of the Maine NAACP, and President of the NAACP’s Portland Branch. This morning, Ms. Talbot Ross visited the WMPG studios to participate an audio project being prepared for a MLK Day radio special. She talked with WMPG Volunteer Reporter Lorenzo Raffa about today’s response from Maine Governor Paul LePage to invitations from the Maine NAACP to attend events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. If you would like to… Read more »

NAACP State Director Rachel Talbot Ross

Has your car gone to the dogs?

No need to growl…just give us a whistle… we’ll come fetch it! Make no bones about it…donating your car will make WMPG howl with delight! If your car has an engine and is towable… and you have the title, call 1-888-WMPG-AUTO to see if your old wheels may be eligible for a tax deductible donation to WMPG. You make the call… and we take care of the rest! WMPG has teamed up with the friendly… Read more »

Dogs in Car

Underwriter Profile: Lee Auto Malls, Adam Lee

Lee Auto Malls One of the first things I noticed when I stepped into Board Chairman Adam Lee’s office was the beautiful nature photography displayed on the walls. Turns out it’s his work. But more about that later. First, I was interested in finding out how a business partnership that started with a handful of used cars on consignment, and about $1,000, became a company with 14 new car franchises, 13 used car dealerships, and the highest volume… Read more »

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Adam Lee, Lee Auto Malls Board Chairman

WMPG’s Blunt Radio featured on WCSH’s 207

We are proud to report that WMPG’s own Blunt Youth Radio program was featured on the WCSH 207 program. The Blunt Youth Radio Project produces a weekly call-in talk show that airs Monday nights from 7:30-8:30 on WMPG, Southern Maine Community Radio. High school age youth from the Portland area, both free and incarcerated, staff the show. Blunt Members are trained in all areas of radio production: interviewing, hosting, reporting, editing, and engineering. The show has won several Gold and… Read more »

WMPG’s Fred Greenhalgh featured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal

We’re happy to report that WMPG volunteer Fred Greenhalgh and his production company FinalRune was featured in the Wall Street Journal on February 25, 2010. The article, entitled “Return With Us to the Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear – Via the Internet,” heavily focused on his signature field recording style and director Fred Greenhalgh’s passion for reviving audio drama in an age of the iPod. Missed the show – no problem we recorded it and you can listen to it here: Click here to listen to program Fred Greenhalgh also recently won a Gold Ogle Award , an international… Read more »

WMPG Volunteer Fred Greenhalgh wins the “Ogle Award” an International Award for Radio Drama

Fred Greenhalgh, volunteer producer of the program Radio Drama Revival on WMPG, has won the Gold Ogle Award , an international audio drama award for Best Fantasy Audio Drama. He won it for “Waiting for a Window,” a surreal tale of Norman, a sailor who finds himself stranded on a strange tropical island where no one ever seems to leave. The half-hour drama was produced by Greenhalgh’s Portland-based FinalRune Productions . It was recorded entirely on location in the Portland area — at marinas, marshes, the beach,… Read more »