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WMPG celebrates Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras with MUSIC and a VIRTUAL party: Tuesday, February 16

LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!! IT’S MARDI GRAS!  AND YOU KNOW HOW WMPG LOVES MARDI GRAS!! This is the time of year that local restaurants start to plan their best Cajun creations for the WMPG Fat Tuesday party. But it’s 2021, and we’re in a different world. Worry not! Nothing will stop Mardi Gras, not even Covid. Although we cannot gather together, we can creatively celebrate separately… but together through the power of radio and… Read more »

Valentine’s Day Recovery Music Special 2pm

On Sunday February 14th from 2-3:30pm, we bring you a collaborative music show between WMPG and The ROCC. USM’s recovery oriented campus center. Please call-in your requests 207-780-4909 or call in and talk to us about what you LOVE about recovery.

WMPG presented King Middle School’s Matinicus 8 team’s podcasts.

King Middle School’s The Matinicus 8 team recently wrote, recorded, and published podcasts as a final product for their Four Freedoms expedition. Students researched a social justice issue and then collaborated with peers and podcast experts to express their views. The student’s podcasts were broadcasted live on WMPG on Tuesday 1/19 and Thursday 1/21 from 10:30-12:00. The podcasts are available here! Click here to listen to Tuesday’s Broadcast: Click here to listen to Thursday’s Broadcast:

King Middle School's Podcasts broadcast on WMPG
King Middle School's Podcasts broadcast on WMPG.

WMPG’s Blunt Youth Radio offers Free 6-Week Audio Workshops!

Yes it is true! WMPG’s Blunt Youth Radio offers Free 6-Week Audio Workshops! Have you been trying to figure out how to amplify your voice in the Youth Climate Movement? WMPG’s Blunt Youth Radio is offering a FREE 6-week audio workshop to help high school-aged youth develop the skills to record, edit, and share audio to support their climate work.

WMPG's Blunt Youth Radio is offering a FREE 6-week audio workshop

“We don’t need no Fascist” on Left Of The Dial

DJ Shax presented his “We don’t need no Fascist” edition of Left Of The Dial on Wednesday Jan 13Th. Missed the show – and want to sing along with him, go to the show’s web page for archives! Linky!

WMPG's Left Of The Dial
We Don't Need No Fascist!

Music of Words – 10 Songs all over 6 minutes!

On Saturday January 9th’s Music of Words show where James explored songs all greater than 6 minutes! What – you can’t do that on radio…well we do at WMPG. Listen if you missed it, go to the program page at Music of Words for the program archive!

Long songs promo- Music of Words -Sat 1-9-21 from 630am-8am

The Homelessness Marathon Radio Show Dec 9th

WMPG  aired the 22nd annual Homelessness Marathon on  December 9th from 6-10pm. Four hours of conversation where we’ll hear the voices of people living in Poverty and Homelessness. If you missed  you can listen here. Homeless Marathon Hour 1 Homeless Marathon Hour 2 Homeless Marathon Hour 3 Homeless Marathon Hour 4

USM Nursing Graduation Broadcast by WMPG – missed it , listen to it here!

WMPG was happy to broadcast a Covid-19 style graduation ceremony held recently for USM School of Nursing. If you missed it – check it out by clicking links below. Click here for the audio recording from the event. Click here for a brief video clip of the event. Click here for another brief video clip of the event.

USM School of Nursing Graduation 2020

Jazz at the Movies

WMPG’s Jazz movie series (JAM) is co-sponsoring a film with the Portland Museum of Art. Plan to watch “Jazz on a Summer Day” either virtually or in person at Thompson’s Point on August 21 and 22nd. For more info go to:

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. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, she came to the United States at a young age, grew up in Boston attending public schools, and… Read more »

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,”

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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… Read more »

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! Among our guests will be: 11:00am – Margaret Dalton (Erin’s Melody) 11:45am… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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’s book: Call Me American

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

WMPG Radio Podcasts