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In honor of Black History Month, WMPG reviewed the lives and contributions of Black icons to American pop culture by supplementing our usual programming with special shows, featured guest artists and additional on-air content throughout February. Now, as Black History Month comes to a close and Women’s History Month approaches, we invite our readers and listeners to look back on the excellence and influence of black women in the music industry.
WMPG is looking for new design(s) for our 2022 t-shirts.
Reflecting the spirit of WMPG radio, community, etc, the design can be a cartoon, line drawing, whatever style you like. Don’t worry about logo, text if you don’t have any…we will add that later.
Ideally no more than 7 x 7inches (ish) and 300dpi. Preferably submit as an Illustrator or Photoshop file though jpeg/pdf works.
If this means nothing to you, don’t worry about this. Just send us your design and we’ll take care of the rest.
Send your work to email@example.com by 15 Feb.
Some of our current artwork is here
What do you get in return?
- You get to see your image on our 2022 fundraising merchandise.
- Free WMPG swag.
- Gratitude from all WMPG and volunteers.
- If you are a business, we’d be happy to give you trade exchange for on-air promotion.
You can hear them all again right here:
Billie Holiday, Leonard Cummings, Macon Bolling Allen, Harriet Tubman, Nelson Mandela, Shirley Chisholm, Marsha P. Johnson, Gordon Parks, Jackie Robinson, Mary Mcleod Bethune, Josephine Baker, Gerald Talbot, Duke Ellington,
This Sunday night, Amanda will be performing live at the USM Jazz Ensemble at Corthell Hall in Gorham.
In the interview Amanda discusses her influences and how she ended up teaching at USM. Amanda is a DownBeat award-winning jazz vocalist and New England native who received her BM in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire before moving cross-country to pursue an MM in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado.
Tuesday January 19th The Alternative Route 3-5pm. a music show dedicated to MLK
Wednesday January 19th Left of the Dial be doing an MLK Jr. inspired show.
At WMPG, we believe that community thrives by connecting creativity, culture, and resources. We are honored to be one of the voices of our community—providing a vital platform based here in Maine with a global reach. We aim to increase our visibility and service to the underrepresented populations of Maine and alongside our existing programs that this specific focus, we recently kicked off our partnership with Amjambo Time on Friday with a broadcast from the Amjambo Africa News tea.
One quote of his that resonates with me personally is:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.” MLK day is always a good time to reflect on what we can do personally to help our neighbours and community.<a href="https://www.wmpg.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/download.
“When we talked about languages that can connect with a lot of immigrants in Maine, we thought about Kinyarwanda. In Burundi, Rwanda, Congo, and other tribes in Eastern Congo, they speak a kind of Kinyarwanda. This could be a language we will broadcast in, other than English. But we are not solely focused on East Africa – or even the continent at this point. Amjambo is interested in speaking to and about all immigrants in Maine. So, the language possibilities are many.”
“Amjambo Time” will include stories from Amjambo Africa’s printed content. “This is an effort to bring our reporting to a wider audience. And we hope people will gradually make listening a part of their week,” said Amjambo Africa Editor-in-Chief Kathreen Harrison. “We are trying to reach deeper into the communities we serve, and we believe that our Africa news editor, with his background in broadcasting, is the perfect person to do that.”
Over time, Harrison and Hakuzimana hope “Amjambo Time” reaches listeners from many different communities, including Spanish speakers, French speakers, Arabic speakers, the growing Afghan community, the AAPI community in Maine. The three-part pilot is supported, in part, by a Democracy, Journalism, and the Informed Community Grant from Maine Humanities Council. Raising additional funding will allow “Amjambo Time” to expand with other hosts, other languages, and other types of shows, such as music, culture, sports, and business.
“Amjambo Time” will include stories from Amjambo Africa’s printed content, including news from the continent. “This is an effort to bring our content to a wider audience.
This is the first of several programs within WMPG’s Global Mainers project, which is part of the station’s larger Community Counts Initiative Project to address diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to increase visibility and service to the underrepresented populations within the station’s listener range. A Global Mainers show highlighting Indigenous voices from Maine also starts in January, and a podcast is planned for USM students to share their own stories.
Global Mainers Program Coordinator Sebastiane Sacerdoti-Ravenscroft said, “My goal is to identify historically underrepresented communities and give them a voice on radio or podcast, depending on what platform they would like to be a part of.” A graduate student at USM, Sacerdoti-Ravenscroft is also a diversity, equity, and inclusion specialist at MaineHealth. “My day job is education. Ally-ship in the workplace,” they said, for race, gender, disability, age, and other protected classes. “If you are an ally for one, you need to be an ally for all. Which is also what drew me to doing the Global Mainers project. … I like giving platforms to voices that don’t normally get heard.”
WMPG has been working on the Global Mainers idea since early 2021. What began with advertising in Amjambo Africa to attract new listeners evolved into the station approaching the newspaper about a partnership. WMPG leaders liked the idea of having someone from the newspaper on the air, and the publisher and editors of Amjambo Africa had been looking toward a deeper presence on radio, too. And so, “Amjambo Time” was born.
Hakuzimana’s background in radio made him the ideal choice to host the show, along with his ability to speak five languages (Kinyarwanda, English, French, Swahili, and Kirundi). He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the National University of Rwanda, worked as a broadcast reporter, talk show host, editor, and producer for over six years in Rwanda, and has numerous journalism contacts in more than 10 African countries. He also earned a master’s degree in community development from the University of New Hampshire in 2020. Because of his extensive experience, Voice of America calls on him to contribute analysis, such as about the Tigray conflict in Ethiopia and the recent death of the president of Chad. They know he is familiar with the countries and has reported on events like these for Amjambo Africa. As far as Hakuzimana knows, he will be the first African-born radio host on the air in Maine. He knows some other broadcast journalists from Africa, but right now they still are working to establish their new lives in Maine. “When you arrive here, you need first of all to fight for survival,” he said.
In addition to widening the audience for the newspaper, Hakuzimana said, “we are aiming at fostering the diversity, the inclusion, the societal acceptance and reception – which, to my view, is another way of helping the cooperation between New Mainers and Mainers. People deserve to know what’s going on, why people are coming to Maine. They deserve to know that they come with rich culture, rich beliefs, from civilizations that are rich in nature.” He intends to interview some New Mainers in leadership positions. At the top of his wish list is Deqa Dhalac, the newly elected mayor of South Portland and the first U.S. mayor who is a Somali-born, Muslim woman.
Harrison, Sacerdoti-Ravenscroft, and Hakuzimana are enthusiastic about the show. “I’m excited to see how this will evolve,” host Hakuzimana said. “And I would like to wish us good luck! I do believe that more people will be interested to chip in and make it something to go beyond [the pilot]. Immigrants have a lot to share. It’s a matter of opening up the medium, the channel. This is another component to explore.”
“Amjambo Time” will be broadcast live on 90.9 FM in the greater Portland area and online at www.wmpg.org/listen/. Shows will be available as podcasts on www.amjamboafrica.com.
Jean Damascène Hakuzimana’s most recent interview with Voice of America was on November 28, 2021. The topic was the conflict in Ethiopia and its potential to destabilize countries in the Horn of Africa. Here is an excerpt from what he said:
An unstable Ethiopia means havoc in the region. Belligerents should negotiate peace to avoid the worst of the conflict, though talks seem unlikely to happen. Should Addis Ababa fall to the Tigrayan army, they would take revenge against Eritrea, and consequences would be dire in the region of the Horn of Africa, which was already a ground zero for conflict. There is a risk that the war in Ethiopia gave momentum to the Islamic Al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia, where Ethiopian Defense Forces were fighting this group. An influx of refugees has crossed into Sudan, a neighboring country suffering from prolonged and sporadic unrest since the fall of Omar Bashir. Kenya in the south is on the waiting list to host refugees should the war progress towards the south of the country. Djibouti in the northeast has the main road for transiting goods from the sea to Ethiopia – all sides in the conflict would need to control that road. Last is South Sudan, battling with its own internal problems since its birth as the latest and youngest nation of the African continent. In brief, Ethiopia has been holding the center of stability in the region until now.
To listen to the interview, conducted in Kinyarwanda: www.radiyoyacuvoa.com/a/6312213
DJ Shaxx wishes you a punky, reggae Christmas! Perhaps the best holiday music playlist you’ve never heard! Something eclectic on 90.9FM / wmpg.org. REQUEST LINE: (207) 780-4909.
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The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story screening with an opening set by Kafari! (7pm. the film will start at 8pm).
As a sci-fi obsessed woman living in near isolation, Beverly Glenn-Copeland wrote and self-released Keyboard Fantasies in Huntsville, Ontario back in 1986. Recorded in an Atari-powered home-studio, the cassette featured seven tracks of a curious folk-electronica hybrid, a sound realised far before its time.
Three decades on, the musician – now Glenn Copeland – began to receive emails from people across the world, thanking him for the music they’d recently discovered. Courtesy of a rare-record collector in Japan, a reissue of Keyboard Fantasies and subsequent plays by Four Tet, Caribou and more, the music had finally found its audience two generations down the line.
“There is something essential and centering about Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s music.” The New York Times
“Beverly Glenn-Copeland is a synth-folk pioneer and transgender icon.” Pitchfork
“This film, this artist, this music, this story: all rare gems — see this film.” Film Thread
Hosted by Space and co-hosted by WMPG’s Jazz at the Movies
Space Gallery, 538 Congress St, Portland, ME Dec 8th 2021 7pm
Robin Lynn Behl – author of Price Per Barrel, The Human Cost of Extraction – Thursday 7:30pm on WMPG
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John Hinck – District 2 Candidate
Victoria Pelletier – District 2 Candidate
Travis Curran – At Large Candidate
Roberto Rodriquez – At Large Candidate
This November 2, there will be a referendum on the ballet that will ask Maine voters, “Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?”
According to Ballotpedia, “In 1993, voters approved Question 5, a constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote of the legislature to reduce or substantially change the uses of state park, conservation, or recreation land. The NECEC or New England Clean Energy Connect corridor was designed to cut a 150-foot wide, one-mile long corridor across the two parcels, West Forks Plantation and Johnson Mountain Township that are considered Public Reserved Land. In 2014, the Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) and Central Maine Power Company (CMP) entered into a lease agreement for portions of the two parcels. BPL Director Andy Cutko argued that while the substantial changes required a two-thirds legislative vote, the department was responsible for determining whether a substantial change would occur.”
In June 2020, Sen. Russell Black (R-Franklin), along with 18 other individuals and entities, filed a legal complaint against BPL Director Andy Cutko and CMP in the Kennebec County Superior Court. In Black v. Cutko, plaintiffs argued that the Maine Constitution required a two-thirds legislative vote before the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) could bisect the two parcels, West Forks Plantation and Johnson Mountain Township. The NECEC is designed to cut a 150-foot wide, one-mile long corridor across the two parcels.
The original lease for $1400 a year was signed in 2014 under the Paul LePage administration and a new lease was signed last year under Gov. Janet Mills, which increased the annual fee to $65,000, along with a provision that CMP be allowed to transfer the lease to NECEC Transmission. The 0.9-mile lease through the public reserved lands granting CMP a 25-year right to the land was never brought before the legislature.
On March 17, 2021, Judge Michaela Murphy of the Kennebec County Superior Court ordered BPL to conduct a formal assessment to determine whether substantial changes would occur to the land’s uses due to the lease agreement. Should the BPL determine that substantial changes would occur, a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate would be required to approve the lease.
On July 19, 2021, the Maine State Legislature passed a resolution, Senate Proclamation 594 (SP 594), declaring that the BPL-CMP lease agreement violated Question 5, a constitutional amendment. SP 594 stated that “the lease provided to CMP to cross the public reserved lands in West Forks Plantation and in Johnson Mountain Township constitutes a substantial alteration of those lands, requiring a 2/3 vote of all the members elected to each House of the Legislature.”
Superior Court Justice Michela Murphy ruled on August 10, 2021, that state public land officials failed to make a required finding in 1993, that the lease would result in no reduction or substantial alteration to the public lands being leased so the agreement was not valid. Environmental groups object to the state’s lease to CMP of a 33-acre tract of publicly-owned land in West Forks and Johnson Mountain that is one mile long and 300 feet wide. Although the corridor initially will be 150 feet wide, CMP’s permit allows for up to 300 feet wide for future expansion as wide as the Massachusetts turnpike. The humming 100-foot plus transmission line poles with blinking lights will tower over the forest canopy. NECEC will reap billions in profits with its extension cord to Massachusetts, very little of which will be allocated to Maine.
Old Orchard Beach
Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).
Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in ‘Storefront Hitchcock’ an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.
Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to’. His most recent album is self-titled and marks his 21st release as a solo artist. Out on April 21 2017, the album is produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). Hitchcock describes it as a “ecstatic work of negativity with nary a dreary groove.”
It has received rave reviews from UNCUT, Rolling Stone, Paste, Tidal and more.
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