Posts Categorized: News

WMPG’s Tanner Olin Smith – has passed away – memorial was held @ One Longfellow Square

We are sad to have to report that WMPG’er Tanner Olin Smith has passed away. Tanner was a USM student and WMPG work-study student. If your band played on our Local Motives show in the last couple years you will likely remember Tanner. He helped engineer the show. The whole community was shocked and sad to hear of his passing and there was a memorial concert held at One Longfellow Square to celebrate Tanner’s life. The event was called AQUAMARINE: A MEMORIAL CONCERT FOR TANNER OLIN SMITH is a celebration of the life and music of Tanner Olin Smith. It featured his former bandmates, collaborators, & friends presenting memories, thoughts, and songs written by or inspired by Tanner. Aquamarine is one of many songs Tanner wrote and performed with his former band Laminated Cat.Tanner’s family donated the proceeds from the event to Tanner’s favorite institutions, the Tanner Smith Memorial Fund at Erskine Academy and WMPG. It was a sad but uplifting event and all who attended were moved deeply.

Blunt Youth Radio Open House Sept. 25th

Blunt Youth Radio Project is hosting an Open House, on MONDAY, September 25th
from 7:00-8:30 PM at WMPG – Southern Maine Community Radio on the USM Portland campus
at 92 Bedford Street.

Check out our live show and find out how you can join. This is a FREE radio training for teens. You get to do a weekly talk show on community radio.

Remembering 9/11

The Late, Late Show aired on Friday September 1st, an interview with Daniel Rodriguez the former NYC Police Officer that sang the National Anthem and God Bless America at Yankee Stadium after the 9/11 tragedies. Then join Jim Ward at 11pm, on Sept 9th and 15th for his 9/11 tribute show.

National Radio Day @ WMPG on August 20th! Can we hear from you?

If you love radio and especially if you love WMPG, we’d like to invite you to participate with us in National Radio Day on Sunday August 20th. Across the country stations will be celebrating radio – your source for great music and talk produced by members of your community. We are looking for testimonials and Facebook posts on why you love radio and what WMPG means to you.

The Portland Files – 150th show !

Ashley Kotzur and Mark Magee just broadcast their 150th show. A fan of the show made some award plaques to honor these goofy guys. The Portland Files airs every Wednesday night at 7:30pm. Tune in for some of the most outrageous and outlandish fun. Rounding out the team is Courtney Edmands. listen here

WheeeeDoggies Last show

DJ Dale ended her long running and popular show “Wheeeedoggies” in June, but not everyone got a chance to hear her final show. So we offer it up complete with her traditional phone call to Mama.

Audio Documentary about Franklin Arterial

WMPGer and recent USM graduate Alec Hirschberg, created a audio documentary for his last semester at USM. “And Then it Felt Like a Slum: The story of Franklin Arterial.” The story aired on May 23rd and 30th. Alec describes the documentary as looking into the urban renewal of the mid 1900s, and how it gave people the ability to zip from place to place in cars, traveling by land quickly and conveniently. But, for many residents of downtown Portland, the urban renewal and the construction of the Franklin St. arterial spelled the beginning of a drastic change in life as they knew it, something that many would never recover from. Alec interviews former Franklin Street residents, former City Manger, local residents of Portland and more.

David Brancaccio visited WMPG for a look at Community Radio at USM!

WMPG’s Chris Darling interviewed award-winning journalist David Brancaccio host of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Reports who was at USM on Friday May 12th. He was here as part of the USM Corporate Partners series Examining Fake News. He focused on what reporting the news means in this remarkable time. David Brancaccio’s reporting focuses on the future of the economy, financial and labor markets, technology, the environment and social enterprises. David grew up in central Maine and has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University. He attended schools in Italy, Madagascar, and Ghana. USM is proud to announce that Mr. Brancaccio will be receiving an honorary Doctorate Degree the following day at USM’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony.

Federal Funding and Community Radio

In the Trump Administration’s initial budget the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is defunded. For nearly 50 years, the CPB has supported high quality programming across non-commercial radio, television and digital platforms. WMPG receives 25% ($70,000) of its annual operating funds from CPB, funds that provide for informative national syndicated programming and also help cover numerous expenses, from electricity to equipment to staffing.

Alex Nahas from the band Bright Brown visited WMPG and demonstrated the Chapman Stick!

Alex Nahas from the Brooklyn NY band Bright Brown, was a guest on Peter Turner’s “Blind Hope Radio” this past Thursday and featured an awesome performance playing a Chapman Stick. (The Stick) is an electric musical instrument devised by Emmett Chapman in the early 1970s. A member of the guitar family, the Chapman Stick usually has ten or twelve individually tuned strings and has been used on music recordings to play bass lines, melody lines, chords, or textures. Mixing bittersweet layers and textures abound, and beautifully crafted songs it was a wonderful show. Click here to listen to the entire performance!

Press Perspectives-audio features from USM’s Newspaper The Free Press

The Free Press is the official student newspaper of the University of Southern Maine. The papers mission is to be the definitive source of news and commentary for the USM community. In September 2016, the Free Press started recording audio commentaries titled Press Perspectives that air on WMPG on Tuesdays at 7am, 8am and 4pm. The weekly features are spearheaded by editor-in-chief Krysteana Scribner.

WMPG’s 2017 Cajun Cookin’ Challenge winner is Sodexo USM Dining!

Fat Tuesday at WMPG is a highlight of the year, as hundreds gather on USM’s Portland campus to taste Cajun inspired cuisine and groove to New Orleans inspired music!

On February 28, WMPG held it’s 22nd Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin’ Challenge at Woodbury Campus Center. Over 500 attendees tasted the Cajun creations of nine local food establishments, and then voted for their favorites.

Homelessness Marathon Broadcast – missed it, archived video stream available here

WMPG was the host radio station this year for the national Homelessness Marathon broadcast. This live event took place on Thursday January 19th from 7-11pm. The show originated from WMPG’s Portland studio and was carried across the country and aired on other Community and Public radio stations. The program can was heard live on WMPG if you missed it you can listen to it here where we carried a  live video stream linked here.

WMPG’s Martin Luther King Day Special – archived for your enjoyment!

WMPG presents special programming on Martin Luther King Day! Listen here to WMPG on Monday January 16th from 8:30-10:30am and a rebroadcast 4-6pm. The program will feature a range of spoken segments by Dr. King including his 1964 Nobel Prize Award ceremony, from mass meetings around the Southern States where he insisted that passive resistance would be most effective, as well as from the pulpit inspiring congregations to activism. There will be plenty of civil rights songs, foot-tapping gospel tunes and soul classics. This special is presented by WMPG volunteer Michael Cutting. unnamed

Modern Noise- Music Reviews from USM students

Modern Noise – WMPG’s new music reviews produced by our USM students. They will feature music that they are listening to and will tell us all about these cool new releases and why they love this music! The first review features Epoch which is the fourth studio album by electronic artist Tycho. Check out the review by Bethany Petritsch for EPOCH.

Maine Association of Broadcasters – audio from our winners

This past summer WMPG, once again, made the final cut in a few categories in the Maine Association of Broadcasters annual contest of who is producing high quality radio and television programs.

Please give a listen to to our winning productions.

13th Annual WMPG Christmas Eve Radio Marathon

Get ready to listen as WMPG DJ Jim Ward presents his special holiday program for all on Christmas Eve. Beginning on Saturday Dec 24th at 5pm you will hear songs, comedies, radio dramas and more – that invoke the Christmas spirit. Get ready to be surprised by Jim’s eclectic program. It’s a marathon because the show continues all night and ends on Christmas morning at 8:30am. Jim will be up all night monitoring Santa and the reindeer. Here’s a list of what Jim will play:

Norumbega News features USM President Glen Cummings

USM President Glen Cummings joined host Duke Harrington on WMPG’s Norumbega News on Thursday December 8th. President Cummings makes some bold statements like “USM is the most important university in the world because it is only through schools like USM—schools whose mission is access, who educate first generation students, asylum-seekers, recent immigrants, and adults returning to school.

FAT Tuesday! Yes we are beginning to plan for the Cajun Cookin’ Challenge!


WMPG will again be hosting our renowned Fat Tuesday party. This will be the 22nd year that we celebrate Mardi Gras with our volunteers, listeners, USM and the greater Portland Community. It all happens on February 28, 2017 from noon to 3pm at the USM Woodbury Campus Center in Portland.

WMPG’ers included in the Moby Dick marathon reading

Portland’s first ever Moby Dick Marathon Reading is happening at the Portland Museum of Art

Nov 17-20th, and will include readers from WMPG!

WMPG’ers include: Steve Hirshon, Paul Drinan, Dave Champlin, Connie Zhu, Jessica Lockhart, Sam Bullock, Buzz Poole, Jonathan Woodward, Fred Frawley, Logan Puck, and Jim Ward.