Posts Categorized: News

16 Featured WMPG Talk Shows and Podcasts

In case you’ve been missing out on some of our diverse and informative talk show programming here on WMPG, here are 16 of the best featured programs on our regular broadcasting schedule. You can tune in live or listen to a show’s back catalogue right from our website. MONDAYS OUT Cast @ 1-1:30pm “OUT Cast” is a half-hour talk show addressing a broad range of issues of interest to the LGBTQ+ community here in Maine, both topical… Read more »

WMPG’s Battle of the Bands –

Calling all USM students! Are you or someone else you know from USM in a band? Do you want to prove to the ENTIRE university that YOU have the best band of all at USM????? WMPG and SEAL’s SPRING FLING BATTLE OF THE BANDS happens on Thursday April 21st @ 7:00 PM in Lower Brooks on the Gorham Campus. More info and to sign up click here !

WMPG's Battle of the Bands

Off the Air today at 11am- Transmitter Upkeep

WMPG’s transmitter needs maintenance, and we may be off air at 11am for an hour or two. You can listen on-line our on our free app until we get back to our radio signal. Thanks for understanding.

Amjambo Time – George Bugadu chats with Chellie Pingree

Tonight’s show at 7pm Amjambo Africa’s Georges Bugadu talks with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree about the asylum seeking process and the federal rule about waiting for work permits. —————————————— Madeleine Saucier of MIRC talks to us on Amjambo Time about the food program in the motels. ———————————————- Rwandans and friends around the world are commemorating the genocide against the Tutsi that took place in Rwanda and killed close to one million people in 1994. The president… Read more »

Amjambo Time

WMPG surpasses fundraising goal!

Listeners of WMPG, USM community and people of the world!  With a few last minute donations, we surpassed our goal of $55K. Thank you to all who called in, donated online and donated in person helping us reach that $55K. We picked up new sustainer donors too. If you chose a gift, call in and grab it weekdays Mon – Fri. Thanks to our business supporters for contributing gifts and thanks to our volunteers who… Read more »

Hungarian jazz pianist Laszlo Gardonyi interviewed on Juke Jive N’ Jazz

WMPG’s Dave Wade interviewed Hungarian jazz pianist Laszlo Gardony on Juke Jive N’ Jazz on this past Wednesday March 30th on his Juke Jive and Jazz show. Laszlo whared his thoughts with us as the Russian war of aggression rages across neighboring Ukraine, and talk about music being the Universal language, an instrument for hope & reassurance, a means of resistance, and a force for liberty & freedom. Missed it – listen here !

Laslo Gardony
Laslo Gardony

BEGATHON is back for 2022!

WMPG invites our listeners to once again donate to WMPG. Begathon dates are March 23 – 29 Your financial support of WMPG helps us assure that we’ll be here and making live, local, real radio for you.  There will be gifts for your donation.  Maybe your employer will match your donation ? Donate online , in person or by phone during Begathon And thank you for supporting WMPG!

WMPG Jazz at the Movies

JAM – Jazz at the Movies. was formed by a group of WMPG Jazz DJ’s dedicated to delivering jazz and film to Southern Maine. Join JAM for a free screening of the film Anita O’Day, The Life of a Jazz Singer Date: 31st March 2022 at 7pm Where: Cove St Arts, 71 Cove St, Portland Click here for tickets – tickets limited to 50 only Masks required!  

WMPG celebrates Women’s History Month

Every day in the month of March, WMPG is airing a short audio feature about an influential woman in history. We’ll hear women from Maine to Pakistan, whose fame ranges from actress, author to activist. You can hear them all again right here: Emily DickinsonMarilyn Monroe , Hedy Lamarr , Edith Windsor , Lena Horn , Rose Marasco , Dahlov Ipcar , Frida Kahlo , , Wangari Maathai , Janet Mock , Emma Gonzalez , June McKenzie , Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto , K. Johnson, D. Vaughan, M Jackson , Toni Morrison , Tu Youyou , Flannery O’Connor , Ruth Badar Ginsberg , Patti Smith , Madame Curie , Rosa Parks , Jane Goodall , Rosalind Franklin , Malala Yousafzai , Harriet Tubman , Katherine Graham , Ella Fitzgerald , Eleanor Roosevelt , Nellie Bly , Margaret Chase Smith , Gloria SteinemRead more »

The Excellence of Black Women in Music

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. Ma Rainey(1886-1939): Born Gertrude… Read more »

Recovery and Love- Monday Valentines 5pm show with The ROCC

Plan to tune in, call-in, and make your requests and dedications to your special somebody. Join Chris from USM’s ROCC, Recovery Orientated Camus Center and we look at love and recovery. Call 207-780-4909. We’ll be spinning great music from 5-6:30pm    

T-Shirt Design competition

T-SHIRT DESIGN COMPETITION WMPG is looking for new design(s) for our 2022 t-shirts. Brief: 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. Specs: 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… Read more »

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Black History Month- audio history stories

Everyday in the month of February WMPG is airing a short audio feature about an influential Black man or woman in history. We’ll hear about people from Maine to Malawi. We celebrate scientists, radicals, teachers, preachers, musicians, athletes, and those who fought to followed their dreams. 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 , Nina Simone , Lewis Latimer , Audre Lorde , Sojourner Truth , Thurgood Marshall , Shirley Chisolm , Tarana Burke , Scott Joplin ,… Read more »

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USM Music Professor Amanda Roswick interviewed on WMPG – USM Faculty Jazz Ensemble – Sunday Night!

University of Southern Maine Music Professor Amanda Roswick was interviewed this week on WMPG by DJs Bill Audette and Rockin’ Rick on their The Night Train Show . 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… Read more »

USM Music Professor Amanda Roswick

WMPG wins at the Maine Associations of Broadcasters Awards

2021 ended nicely for us as WMPG picked up 3 awards at the MAB’s (Maine Association of Broadcasters) 1st Place in Features Offline – Wednesdays 7pm, Dan Bernard and Michael Townsend   Listen to an episode here: 1st Place for Queer Country The Otherwise – Alt Fridays 3pm, Liz Gartley  –  Listen here 2nd Place for Remembering the Parents Resource Center Purple Monkey Dishwasher – Mary Hope Tobin  Listen here Congrats to our WMPG DJ’s and hosts!  

Martin Luther King Jr. day

Monday January 17th Martin Luther King Special 5-7pm. Produced by Michael Cutting. 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…. Read more »

African-born radio host to pilot “Amjambo Time”

On January 14, Amjambo Africa and University of Southern Maine radio station WMPG will launch “Amjambo Time” as part of WMPG’s new Global Mainers initiative. Hosted by radio professional and Amjambo Africa News Editor Jean Damascène Hakuzimana, three pilot episodes of “Amjambo Time” will broadcast once a month in January, February, and March, on Fridays at 7 p.m. “When we talked about languages that can connect with a lot of immigrants in Maine, we thought about Kinyarwanda. In Burundi,… Read more »

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Left of the Dial and a very punky, reggae Christmas –

DJ Shaxx wishes you a punky, reggae Christmas! Perhaps the best holiday music playlist you’ve never heard! Something eclectic on 90.9FM / REQUEST LINE: (207) 780-4909. Wanna hear the show? Go here to listen to the archive!

Left of the Dial - Punky Christmas

Angus King – guest on WMPG’s Friendly Fire

Recently, Maine’s first independent senator Angus King was a guest on WMPG’s   Friendly Fire: A Voice for Veterans. Host Don Kimball and the senator discussed the Afghanistan war. The theme of the show was “The longest war in American history – at what cost?” Missed the show – click here to listen.

Photo Credit: Angus King Facebook Page

WMPG broadcasts Salt’s Fall 2021 Final Show “Survival”

The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at MECA presents their 2021 Final Show, “Survival”.   Salt will premiere twenty new audio stories – a debut of original short films and audio documentaries from Salt students. Listen on 90.9, on our app or at . Wed, Dec 15, and Thu, Dec 16, at 7 PM.