Posts Categorized: News

Interview with Dr. Nicolas Dosman and Dr. Rollo Dilworth

WMPG volunteer DJ Geo spoke with Dr. Nicolas Dosman and Dr. Rollo Dilworth about the Maine Premiere of “Weather” a concert for climate change and social justice. The concert takes place on Sunday, April 23, at 5pm, the Alfred and D. Suzi Osher School of Music at USM. The concert will feature the Osher Concert Ensembles conducted by Dr. Nicolas Dosman and the Osher Concert Band conducted by Dr. William Kinne. Also included in the… Read more »

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WMPG Spring Begathon update – we met our goal!

Updated to show updated figure First a shout-out to everyone who have made the Spring Begathon a success. To  all who donated, answered  phones, put on fantastic radio shows, entered data, donated food and more we have a huge THANKS!  You all made it happen. We are still accepting donations on-line and hope to reach our goal in a week or two. You can , in person, by phone at (207) 780-4151, or via mail…. Read more »

Eurydice Rising

The University of Southern Maine’s Department of Theatre cordially invites you to Eurydice Rising, created in collaboration with the Osher School of Music. Eurydice Rising reimagines one of Ancient Greece’s most iconic myths of Orpheus and Eurydice in theatre, opera, and dance. This beautiful, moving show is a feast for the eye and ears as it follows Orpheus’s journey into the underworld to be reunited with his young bride, Eurydice, after her death. It’s a story of love,… Read more »


Meet USM’s Community of Color

We continue our series were we get to know the varied and interesting people who make up USM. WMPG student intern Tash Schneiderat spoke with a few members of FASOC. You’ll hear from Kiva Wright-Berry, Keith Danner, Larissa Malone, and Michelle Vazquez-Jacobus.       Leola-Christina is a freshman who just began her studies here at USM this January! Wait til you hear more about her interests and goals, please listen to our audio interview… Read more »

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Begathon Shenanigans

There has been fun and drama at WMPG HQ during our Spring fundraising! DJ Perky ( Perky’s Auditory Canal ) came up with a song for Begathon to the tune of Help! by the Beatles.  Have a watch! DJ Perky singing Help! In other news, it was big drama with Bat-a-thon.  WMPG had a resident bat which had DJ Shaxx crawling across the floor in horror to escape the cute little winged mammal. From being sighted in our basement vinyl vault to thinking we trapped… Read more »

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WMPG Media Sponsor for Portland Ovations “somewhere/elsewhere”

We are excited to be a media sponsor for somewhere/elsewhere Commissioned Maine Artist by Portland Ovations Thursday, March 23, 2023, 7 PM Westbrook Performing Arts Center somewhere/elsewhere is a one-night-only concert reading of a new pop-rock musical that immerses us in the migration, losses, and triumphs of a contemporary Turkish immigrant to the U.S. Weaving together Turkish poetry and legend with the original sounds of major label rock band Thanks to Gravity, somewhere/elsewhere is a… Read more »


WMPG working to qualify for a CPB Community Service Grant again

You may have noticed that we no longer have CPB underwriting announcements read after some of our programs. This is due to WMPG no longer receiving this funding. For more than 20 years WMPG has received this funding but last year we lost the funding due to no longer meeting their qualifications. Radio stations like ours need to meet certain criteria to be funded including the number of listeners as measured by a ratings agency,… Read more »

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USM President shares her playlist on WMPG’s USM, Music & ME

University of Southern Maine (USM) President Dr Jacqueline Edmondson dropped in to WMPG to be a guest on USM, Music & ME on Wednesday. Dr Edmondson is a music fan who has authored many books, including two on musicians Gerry Garcia and John Lennon.  We were unsure what musical choices to expect. Here is what she shared with us: DAYS LIKE THIS by Van Morrison“I picked the song ‘Days Like This’ for a number of reasons. Most importantly, this song… Read more »


Meet USM student Leola-Christine

Leola-Christina is a freshman who just began her studies here at USM this January! Wait til you hear more about her interests and goals, please listen to our audio interview with her.


Meet Dr. Idella Glenn

We had a chance to speak with Dr. Glenn who is USM’s Vice President of Equality, Inclusion and Community Impact

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Meet USM student Shannon Craig

WMPG will introduce you to students, faculty and staff that are making a difference here at USM. We present an audio interview with USM student who is a Media Studies major and does work-study at WMPG. Listen in and learn more about Shannon Craig.


Meet USM student Yasmin Idow

WMPG will introduce you to students, faculty and staff that are making a difference here at USM. We present an audio interview with Yasmin Idow, please enjoy and meet this wonderful young person.


WMPG’s annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Cajun Cookin’ Contest winner – Sodexo!

WMPG’s annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras and the Cajun Cookin’ Contest. On Tuesday February 21st in the USM Abromson building on the Portland campus, WMPG presented our 27th annual Mardi Gras Cajun Cookin’ Contest! The room was filled with amazing food, music and people as we celebrated Mardi Gras! After taking a break due to the pandemic, it was exiting to be celebrating again with our USM community along with people from all parts of… Read more »

Mardi Gras Party
Mardi Gras Party Fat Tuesday

Valentine’s Day dedications

USM students Emma and Jordan went around campus and recorded some Valentine’s dedications!


Dave Wade interviews Delfeayo Marsalis

If anybody knows about Mardi Gras, it’s trombonist and bandleader Delfeayo Marsalis , who will be Dave’s special guest on Juke Jive N’ Jazz this afternoon, (Feb.15th) New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, is alive and happening, and Delfeayo will be here to tell you about it and his brand new album, “Uptown on Mardi Gras Day” Marsalis talks about race, Mardi Gras, film scores and more.. Tune in at 1 PM, Wednesday, for Delfeayo Marsalis and some great New… Read more »


 Leroy Jones- A Man and His Trumpet – free screening

Our Jazz at the Movies team are back with another free screening.  “Leroy Jones- A Man and His Trumpet” celebrating New Orleans shining heritage as the Birthplace of Jazz. The screening is at the Portland Conservatory of Music, on Saturday, February 18th, 7 PM. Tix are FREE but reservations recommended:…/wmpg-jazz-at-the-movies-a…

Leroy Jones Story
Leroy Jones Story

Black History Month – daily audio features

One way we are celebrating Black History month is by picking out many different people from the Black community and highlighting their stories. From musicians, to writers and actors, you’ll enjoying hearing a bit more about these famous and interesting people. A Tribe Called Quest Beyonce Otis Redding James Baldwin Toni Morrison Bad Brains Robert Lewis bell hooks Eartha Kitt Leadbelly Chadwick Boseman Audre MacDonald Spike Lee Katherine Johnson Beverly Glenn-Copeland

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Black History Month at WMPG with daily audio features

Our University of Southern Maine (USM) students and DJ’s are honoring Black History Month at WMPG. This year’s theme is Black Resistance. You will hear specially curated playlists from DJ’s.  Our students are producing audio which will highlight achievements and contributions, including pre-colonial history plus profiles of contemporary figures recognizing people from politics, education, pop culture, sports and other areas. Shows honoring Black History Month (this list will be updated) Lagniappe (Mon 10am) Mind Fuzz… Read more »

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WMPG schedule refresh

Beginning Tuesday January 17th, you will hear new shows alongside your favorites – some have moved into different times and days. Why are we mixing things up? WMPG is turning 50 this year, and we wanted to return to our roots, offering radio that is surprising, eclectic, and truly local. We are radio made by community and University of Southern Maine members.  Thanks for being the world’s best listeners!  Take a peek at our new schedule.

WMPG Schedule refresh
WMPG Schedule refresh

WMPG offers MLK day Special programming – Monday January 16th

Monday January 16th is Dr. Martin Luther King Day. WMPG will offer special programming to honor Reverend King’s work on civil rights and equity. Tune in from 10am-noon to hear volunteer Michael Cuttings extensive collection of music and speeches. At 1:30-3pm, USM student Shannon Craig will present his take on civil rights and the ongoing struggle. Then at 4pm, we will play King’s complete speech from 1957 titled “Birth of a New Nation.”

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