Posts Categorized: News

FAT Tuesday! Yes we are beginning to plan for the Cajun Cookin’ Challenge!


WMPG will again be hosting our renowned Fat Tuesday party. This will be the 22nd year that we celebrate Mardi Gras with our volunteers, listeners, USM and the greater Portland Community. It all happens on February 28, 2017 from noon to 3pm at the USM Woodbury Campus Center in Portland.

WMPG’ers included in the Moby Dick marathon reading

Portland’s first ever Moby Dick Marathon Reading is happening at the Portland Museum of Art

Nov 17-20th, and will include readers from WMPG!

WMPG’ers include: Steve Hirshon, Paul Drinan, Dave Champlin, Connie Zhu, Jessica Lockhart, Sam Bullock, Buzz Poole, Jonathan Woodward, Fred Frawley, Logan Puck, and Jim Ward.

WMPG Record/CD Sale sets new record!

Wow –

Thanks to everyone who made the 21st Annual Record Sale a huge success! The weather was perfect, the set-up and clean-up was the fastest ever. After deducting expenses, donations to WMPG from this event are $11,394. This is the most ever from the annual record sale. Thanks to everyone who donated records and CDs or helped work the event. It couldn’t have happened without all your help. The Friday night load-in was amazing! We had more than 30 people here and had the truck loaded in under an hour. Smoothest load-in ever! The clean-up was done in two hours! The sale was very well attended with 529 people paying to get in. 

WMPG Programming Survey. We need your input!

Please take our short survey, we have a few programming questions! Your input is very valuable.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wmpgprogramsurvey

WMPG’s Two Day “Production Studio Re-Do” raises over $6,200!

A huge thanks to everyone who donated or attended this past Friday and Saturday to WMPG’s “Production Room Studio Re-Do” pledge drive and CD/Record & BBQ. With all the donations now added up we raised over $6200. Thanks especially to all the WMPG volunteers who made it all possible. The DJ’s themselves have already donated more than $10,000 to this project and with grant money received from the Maine Association of Broadcasters and now money raised this past week we are over the $28,000 mark and making our way to the $64,000 needed to complete our “Production Room Studio Re-Do”.

WMPG programmer Dr. Anne Hallward Earns National Recognition for her Safe Space program!

On April 28th The Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians presented WMPG’s  Dr. Anne Hallward with the Dr. Ulrich B. Jacobsohn Lifetime Achievement Award for  “extraordinary and tireless efforts” on behalf of those with psychiatric disorders. This was in recognition for her WMPG program Safe Space Radio. If this wasn’t enough on May 17 the American Psychiatric Association awarded her the American Women in Psychiatry’s Jeanne Spurlock Social Justice Award for Safe Space Radio’s work to give voice to marginalized and stigmatized populations.  This was  given to her in Atlanta at the national meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

Welcome Jessica Lockhart – WMPG’s new Program Director!

We are happy to report that Jessica Lockhart has been named WMPG Program Director. Her official start date began on May 16th.

For those of you not familiar with Jessica, she has a long history with WMPG and USM. She currently is a USM Media Studies Instructor for Audio Production. For WMPG she has taught classes in Hindenburg and Audacity, assisted us with managing our Begathons and previously served as WMPG Program Director. She also helps with training the incoming Blunt Youth Radio participants each year.

WMPG mourns the passing of Evenin’ Sun DJ Myron Samuels

We are sad to report that long-time WMPG Blues DJ Myron Samuels passed away suddenly and unexpectedly this past Friday. Myron has been with WMPG for more than 25 years and he anchored the Wednesday night Evenin’ Sun Blues program.

Myron Samuels

WMPG’s 12th annual WMPG Fashion Show Sunday April 10th at Port City Music Hall!

Local designers of wearable art for women, men and children will show their most creative fashions on the WMPG runway on Sunday April 10th, 7pm doors, 8 pm show at Port City Music Hall. Artistic Director Cindy Flanders reports that this year’s show includes works from new and returning designers. Styles run the spectrum from formal to street. Statement Jewelry pieces, repurposed, up-cycled and embellished clothing as well as vintage inspired garments. WMPG’s Fashion Show strives to include a wide-ranging and energetic collection of the talent & creativity that is thriving in Maine.

The Women’s Touch March 28 – April 1

With WMPG’s recently concluded semi-annual Begathon drive, one way the Java Jive DJs want to thank and say “We love you!” for all your support is to wind up March’s Women’s History Month featuring 5 mornings—(6:30am – 8:30am) — of feminine sound from some of the brightest stars in the Constellation Musica.