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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,”

How-to use Audacity to record a show at home

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

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!

WMPG’s Dave Wade Interviews Abdi Iftin, the author of the riveting memoir “Call Me American”

On WMPG’s Monday night program Let’s Talk, Abdi Iftin, a Somali refugee, USM student Abdi and the author of the riveting memoir “Call Me American” was a guest and spoke with Dave Wade about his escape to the US from worn torn Mogadishu and his lengthy journey to become an American citizen. Gain insight into what Abdi went through. Click here to listen.

Abdi Iftin & Chris White

WMPG’s Kate Manahan wins Maine Association of Broadcasting 2019 Award!

Kate Manahan, host of WMPG’s New Mainers Speak won second place in the Public Affairs category at the 2019 Maine Association of Broadcasters awards ceremony which took place in Augusta. This is a statewide event with all the television and radio stations submitting their best work. WMPG is proud that Kate’s show was honored. New Mainers Speak highlights individuals from around the world. Kate interviews them about their personal experiences in their home countries, as well as here in Maine. Click here to listen to a special 30 minute sampler highlighting three segments from shows over the past year. This recording was submitted to the Maine Association of Broadcasters and won 2nd place in the Public Affairs category on Saturday, Sept 14, 2019.

Kate Manahan winner at 2019 Maine Association of Broadcasters Awards
WMPG's Kate Manahan - a winner of the 2019 Public Affairs MAB award!

WMPG Podcasts Are Now Available For You To Enjoy!

WMPG now has a large selection of podcasts for you to enjoy. We feature audio not heard regularly on WMPG’s airwaves. Check it out and maybe become a MPG’ Podcast Follower!

Interested in live music recorded at WMPG’s studio? Lorenzo presents Podcast Open Mic(POM). This pod has over 50 episodes and features local musicians and more. Wonder what is playing at the cinema? Check out Film Time With Cody Curtis. How about what life is like on the road traveling the country? Check in with Mindy and her The Moving Cairn. Curious about what is happening at USM, you can check out USM Now. There’s a ton of interesting recordings waiting for you! Go to https://www.wmpg.org/podcasts/.

WMPG Radio Podcasts

WMPG DJ Spotlights

Want to learn more about your favorite WMPG DJs? Here is a video look into what makes our DJs so special. First up let’s meet Ad vs EF with DJs Matt Perry and Sean Gear. They talk about their show and then you are taken into the On-Air room and watch them produce the show.
Volunteer DJ Jai has created video profiles of the WMPG DJs.

DJ Jai interviews WMPG DJs Matt Perry & Sean Greer

Martin Luther King Jr. special program

Monday Jan 21st WMPG presented a special 2 hour tribute to the life of Reverend King. WMPG DJ’s Jam, Rio, DJ M., and Don played music and had discussions about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. influenced them and the world.

Modern Noise- Student album reviews

Want to know about some great new music? Our USM students are doing weekly reviews of what’s currently charting at the top, this is music you should be in the know about. Join Kirby, Rachel and Madeline as they break down why these albums are so good!

WMPG’s Paul O’Neil bids adieu to the Harp & Bard

One of WMPG’s longest serving volunteers Paul O’Neil has called it a day and retired his Harp & Bard Irish music show. Paul has been with us for more than 30 years! We all at WMPG wish him well on new adventures! Listen to his last show Thanks Paul!

King Middle School teams up with Ecotones

Talk show host Richard Doherty met with students from King Middle School to talk about PODCASTS and making great radio stories. The students will be producing short audio features that highlight environmental issues. The students and Richard held a workshop USM’s Talbot Auditorium where they learned about recording, writing and producing a podcast. Look for these stories on Ecotones heard Thursdays at 1pm, and in the future the students will have their own Podcast. Thanks to teachers Elaine Colella and Gus Goodwin for making this happen.

Your Vote Matters- Listen to a forum with the Gubenatorial candidates

Election day is nearing!

The Maine Women’s Policy Center sponsored a 2018 Gubernatorial Forum on Women’s Economic Security at USM on Sunday October 21, 2018. Three candidates took part: Democrat Janet Mills; Independent Terri Hayes; and Independent Alan Caron. Ann Schink of the League of Women Voters of Maine moderated the Forum. Co-sponsored by WMPG we offer the forum to hear from the candidates on issues that effect women’s lives.

Indigenous People’s Day special

On Oct 8th, WMPG’s own Christopher the Hermit presented a special program featuring Native American music, words, stories and interviews.

Listen to the program

Portland Files performed in front of live audience Friday September 14th

Ashley, Mark and Courtney knocked everyone’s socks off during a live performance of The Portland files on Friday September 14th at 7pm in USM’s Talbot Auditorium in Luther Bonney Hall.

“Middle School Mic Drop” is looking for adults and kids for a weekly radio show

We are now gathering a team of adults and middle schoolers to produce a live weekly one-hour show on Saturdays 9-10am called “Middle School Mic Drop. The middle school aged kids will be on air, and the adults will supervise.