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Jazz at the Movies

WMPG’s Jazz movie series (JAM) is co-sponsoring a film with the Portland Museum of Art. Plan to watch “Jazz on a Summer Day” either virtually or in person at Thompson’s Point on August 21 and 22nd. For more info go to: www.portlandmuseum.org/films.

USM’s 2020 Student Commencement Speaker former WMPG Intern Leyla Hashi! Listen to her Speech and more!

STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER Leyla Hashi ’20 When Leyla Hashi receives her diploma, like so many classmates she will become the first in her family to complete a college education. It is a special kind of story told over and over again, but Leyla’s journey to University of Southern Maine (USM) and her degree is particularly poignant.

Leyla Hashi 2020 USM Student Commencement Speaker
Leyla Hashi - the 2020 USM Student Commencement Speaker & former WMPG Intern

WMPG to Broadcast MECA’s Salt’s Spring ’20 Final Show on May 7th from 7-9pm

Salt’s Spring ‘20 Final Show, “All Things Reconsidered,” was broadcast on WMPG 90.9 fm radio in Southern Maine. Featuring the Spring 2020 cohort’s collection of Final Project work the show aired Thursday, May 7th. Listen Here

WMPG partners with MECA's Salt Program to broadcast Salt’s Spring ‘20 Final Show, “All Things Reconsidered,”

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WMPG celebrates 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Movement

Welcome all to WMPG’s celebration of women’s history month by taking you on a small journey to explore the women’s suffrage movement. This week we be covering this part of our shared history, since this year, 2020 marks the 100 year centennial of women’s access to the democratic practice of voting – the single largest extension of democratic voting rights in American history. How did suffrage activist’s actually win? Who was left out? What did the suffragist look like? And where are we now? This week beginning March 16th tune in Monday-Friday at 8am and 6pm to hear a short audio documentary about the history behind the Suffrage Movement. Thanks to student intern Allegra Shortill and WMPG volunteer Ruby Simkoff for their work on this project.

Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Radio Celebration! Tune in Sunday!

The Harp & Bard Irish Radio Program w/Jim Ward is returning to 90.9 WMPG-FM on Sunday, March 15th from 10:30am to 3:30pm (est) for a Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Radio Celebration!

This one-time special is in celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday on March 17th and will feature great Irish music and legends of the Irish music scene from Greater Boston and Ireland!

WMPG’s 2020 Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin’ Contest Winners are SMCC Culinary Arts Program

Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2020 WMPG Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin’ Contest happen! Great crowd, great food, great music! The house was packed and more than 400 people voted for the best of the best! The results are in! Winners of the 25th Annual WMPG Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin’Challenge:

1st Place: SMCC Culinary Arts Program Students! Jambalaya Fritters
2nd Place: Lenny’s Pub, Kori Reece, head chef: Hush Puppy Poutine
3rd Place: Ruski’s, Greg Arnold & Aiden McKenna :Chicken, Shrimp, Hamhock and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya.

SMCC Culinary Arts Program 2020 WMPG Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin' Champions

The Origin of WMPG – by Max Lorber USM Free Press

Great article in the USM Free Press by Max Lorber
The Origin of WMPG

The WMPG radio station was founded with a private collection of records, a set of turntables and a small pirate-radio transmitter in a dorm room on Gorham campus. Howard Allen, the pioneer who created what would become one of Maine’s major public radio platforms, was an 18-year-old freshman when he first stuck an antenna out of his window at Anderson Hall and began broadcasting music to his fellow students in 1970.

The Origin of WMPG - Howard Allen

Black History Month- daily audio features

To celebrate Black History month, we will air daily audio portraits of many important people who have made an impact in the world. We celebrate scientists, radicals, teachers, preachers, musicians, athletes, and those who fought to followed their dreams.

Corey Harris and Cedric Watson at Stone Mountain Arts Center Cancelled due to weather


Sadly, weather has caused the cancellation of Friday’s True Blues show with Corey Harris and Cedric Watson at Stone Mountain Arts Center. Carol Noonan and her crew express regrets, and are planning to select anther show to benefit WMPG in the near future. Happy Snow Day, all!