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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.

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 club was located where the Asylum now sits. Morganfields was nationally known as a club to play at with it’s wonderfull atmosphere, sound and local support.

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.

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.

Jessica Lockhart & Howard Allen
Jessica Lockhart & Howard Allen

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 was Dr. Ron Schmidt, USM Associate Professor of Political Science.