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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 Steinem

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…

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…

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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 ,…

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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…

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….

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,…

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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!

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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.  

Keyboard Fantasies (Film) with Kafari

Keyboard Fantasies 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…

Robin Lynn Behl – author of Price Per Barrel, The Human Cost of Extraction – Thursday 7:30pm on WMPG

On Thursday Dec 2nd, 7:30 pm WMPG’s Community Voices For Change will interview Robin Lynn Behl whose book Price Per Barrel, The Human Cost of Extraction has just been published by North Dakota University Press. It’s about boomtowns in North America and the work that first responders do in those communities -EMT’s, Firefighters, Police, Dispatchers and other front line workers. Listen locally at 90.9fm or online at – miss the show, go to CVFC for…

Price Per Barrel, The Human Cost of Extraction by Robin Lynn Behl

Join the ROCC this Thursday from 3-5pm

Join us this Thursday as the Recovery Oriented Campus Center (ROCC) and WMPG present a 90 minute event featuring music, stories of recovery around the Thanksgiving holiday. Call in and request a song that has a special meaning to you or just share a few words at (207)780-4909. That is this Thursday starting at 3pm!

In The Arts – Listen to today’s episode

In the Arts with Shoni Currier airs on Thursdays at 1pm.  Due to a technical glitch, there was an error in broadcasting todays episode with Shoni and her guests which featured discussions around a new arts space in Freeport,  Meeting House Arts. So here’s the show, give it a listen and find out about events at this new space.

Panel Discussion on Education & Equity with Candidates

This past Friday, there was a panel discussion on Education & Equity, moderated by Lisa Savage and featuring: John Hinck – District 2 Candidate Victoria Pelletier – District 2 Candidate Travis Curran – At Large Candidate Roberto Rodriquez – At Large Candidate Thanks to Portland Media Center who produced this event WMPG was able to broadcast it. Missed it – click here to hear it on our archives .

Opinion Piece – CMP Corridor

from Into the Wilderness 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…

Gratitiude from all at WMPG

Thank you, thank you to all our listeners, supporters and volunteers for putting us over our goal for this Fall’s fundraising week. We feel the love. 🙂 Thanks to Rosemont Market & Bakery , Standard Bakery , Rosemont Food, Holy Donuts for the snacks and Coffee By Design for the coffee! Keep listening!

Rock legend, ROBYN HITCHCOCK, live on WMPG this Weds. 3-4pm

Join DJ Shaxx for an exclusive interview and performance with alternative rock legend, ROBYN HITCHCOCK, this Weds. 3-4pm. Listen live locally at 90.9fm or on-line at 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…

Join DJ Shaxx for an exclusive interview and performance with alternative rock legend, ROBYN HITCHCOCK - this Weds. 3-4pm