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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.

Blunt Youth Radio has moved to Tuesday Nights!


WMPG’s “Blunt Youth Radio Project” has made the big move to Tuesday night! Blunt will still be on from 7:30 to 8:30 pm EST and will still be a live call-in, public affairs talk show entirely produced by teens. YOUNG PEOPLE MAKE AMAZING RADIO!!

“Querying the Past Radio” a special 6 week LGBT series


Querying the Past is a 6-week special series that will air on Thursday evenings 7-7:30pm. We will air 6 unique programs every Thursday evening over 6 weeks and the first episode began on Thursday June 14th in honor of Pride Portland Week. This series comes from the LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project that is collecting and preserving the voices and stories of members of the Southern Maine LGBTQ community. The Principle Investigator for this project is Dr. Wendy Chapkis, Professor of Sociology and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Southern Maine. Professor Chapkis is also the Faculty Scholar for the Sampson Center’s LGBTQ+ Collection (from 2016 through 2018). The LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project integrates USM students into the process of community-based research; after being trained each fall, students serve as interviewers and transcribers of the oral histories.
Listen to- Coming Out
Listen to- Bar Scene
Listen to- Gender
Listen to- Religion & Sexuality
Listen to- Careers
Listen to- HIV-AIDS

Pride Portland week at WMPG 90.9

June 14th special Pride Portland Programming on WMPG:

3-5pm  – WMPG Dance Party/Open House (Come on down to 92 Bedford Street in Portland!)
7pm  – the premier episode of “Querying the Past Radio

WMPG’s Blunt Youth Radio Project will hold an open house on Monday June 18th from 7:30-8:30pm.

WMPG’s Blunt Youth Radio Project will hold an open house on Monday June 18th from 7:30-8:30pm. The Blunt Youth Radio Project is a nationally award-winning radio talk show produced by teens in Portland, Maine. On the air for 20 years, work by Blunt members has aired on Various NPR programs including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, This American Life, among others.

20th Annual Homelessness Marathon – Tuesday June 12th , noon to midnight on WMPG


WMPG Community Radio has long participated in the annual national broadcast of the Homelessness Marathon. This year, the programming airs on Tuesday June 12th from noon to midnight and originates in Washington DC, scheduled in conjunction with The Poor People’s March.

Friendly Fire with special guest Senator Angus King

WMPG host Don Kimball spoke with U.S. Senator Angus King on his weekly show Friendly Fire: A Voice for Veterans. They talked about legislation pertaining to veteran’s well-being.

Listen to the interview

Women’s History Month – 1 entire week of women’s music and talk

To celebrate Women’s History, from Thursday March 8-March 14, all DJs and Talk shows will feature women’s music and topics. Beginning on International Women’s day, we will present our signature eclectic music and talk by honoring women from all genres of music and women working in the commnuntity to make changes.

Bates Gospelaires live on Maine Gospel Train

On Sunday February 11th, the Bates Gospelaires performed live during the Maine Gospel Train’s show. DJ Sister Milka asked the choir to perform as part of celebrating Black History month.

Listen to The Gospelaires

2 Martin Luther King Specials

WMPG celebrated Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. day with two special programs by WMPG volunteers Michael Cutting and DJ Zachariah. Michael played freedom music, speeches, and more.
Listen to Michael’s show

DJ Zachariah from Palm Wine Radio played musicians who have spoken out against injustice, inequality, prejudice, while advocating for civil rights in Africa.
Listen to DJ Zachariah’s show

WMPG DJ Steve Hirshon passes away peacefully on 12/1/17

We are sad to report that longtime WMPG DJ Steve Hirshon passed away peacefully this past Friday night. During his 30 plus years at WMPG Steve wore many hats including DJ, public affairs producer, development director, sports director and serving on the WMPG Board of Directors. Until recently Steve could be heard every Thursday morning hosting his show “Hukkin’ a Chainek” – a Yiddish phrase that means making a big noise – which featured an eclectic mix of musical genres, along with interviews with community activists, authors, journalists and politicians. Steve exemplified everything that is good about WMPG and will be greatly missed.

Jim Ward’s Christmas Eve Music Marathon

Jim Ward presented his 15th annual Christmas music special that ran for 17.5 hours!!!!! You can listen again if you go to our programming page and click on any of the shows between Sunday 14th 5pm through Monday 25th 8:30am.

This Sunday night DJ Shaxx Presents an “all request” show. Vote now on-line to choose the songs!

Tune in this Sunday, Nov. 19 from 9-11pm to DJ Shaxx Presents for an ALL-REQUEST Monsters of Alt-Rock special. It’s a battle between alt-rock giants – Morrissey (The Smiths), U2 and the Pixies . The playlist will be voted on by listeners. Go to this fancy survey to collect the votes.

Special Veteran’s Day Programming

On Friday November 10th (observed Veterans Day) WMPG presented stories from Veterans and music iconic to war and conflicts throughout history. We featured USM student veterans, and a few local organizations: Vet to Vet and Veterans for Peace. There is a special feature from WMPG’s own Dick Dinman about Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart and his experiences in WWII. Also featured from WMPG producer Lise Stamant, an interview with a local veteran who is working to end suicide amongst veterans. Thanks to Rachel Spigel, Mike Hallinan, and Wolf Mullen for their help in producing the program.

WMPG Record / CD sale draws over 500 happy fans!

Wow – Thanks to everyone who made the 22nd Annual Record Sale a huge success! The weather was perfect, the set-up and clean-up was the fastest ever. After deducting expenses, donations to WMPG from this event are over $10,000. Thanks to everyone who donated records and CDs or helped work the event. It couldn’t have happened without all your help. The Friday night load-in was amazing! We had more than 30 people here and had the truck loaded in under an hour. Smoothest load-in ever! The clean-up was done in two hours! The sale was very well attended with more than 500 people paying to get in.