Posts Categorized: News

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.

WMPG Record/CD Sale sets new record!

Wow –

Thanks to everyone who made the 21st 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 $11,394. This is the most ever from the annual record sale. 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 529 people paying to get in. 

WMPG Programming Survey. We need your input!

Please take our short survey, we have a few programming questions! Your input is very valuable.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wmpgprogramsurvey

WMPG’s Two Day “Production Studio Re-Do” raises over $6,200!

A huge thanks to everyone who donated or attended this past Friday and Saturday to WMPG’s “Production Room Studio Re-Do” pledge drive and CD/Record & BBQ. With all the donations now added up we raised over $6200. Thanks especially to all the WMPG volunteers who made it all possible. The DJ’s themselves have already donated more than $10,000 to this project and with grant money received from the Maine Association of Broadcasters and now money raised this past week we are over the $28,000 mark and making our way to the $64,000 needed to complete our “Production Room Studio Re-Do”.

WMPG programmer Dr. Anne Hallward Earns National Recognition for her Safe Space program!

On April 28th The Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians presented WMPG’s  Dr. Anne Hallward with the Dr. Ulrich B. Jacobsohn Lifetime Achievement Award for  “extraordinary and tireless efforts” on behalf of those with psychiatric disorders. This was in recognition for her WMPG program Safe Space Radio. If this wasn’t enough on May 17 the American Psychiatric Association awarded her the American Women in Psychiatry’s Jeanne Spurlock Social Justice Award for Safe Space Radio’s work to give voice to marginalized and stigmatized populations.  This was  given to her in Atlanta at the national meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

Welcome Jessica Lockhart – WMPG’s new Program Director!

We are happy to report that Jessica Lockhart has been named WMPG Program Director. Her official start date began on May 16th.

For those of you not familiar with Jessica, she has a long history with WMPG and USM. She currently is a USM Media Studies Instructor for Audio Production. For WMPG she has taught classes in Hindenburg and Audacity, assisted us with managing our Begathons and previously served as WMPG Program Director. She also helps with training the incoming Blunt Youth Radio participants each year.

WMPG mourns the passing of Evenin’ Sun DJ Myron Samuels

We are sad to report that long-time WMPG Blues DJ Myron Samuels passed away suddenly and unexpectedly this past Friday. Myron has been with WMPG for more than 25 years and he anchored the Wednesday night Evenin’ Sun Blues program.

Myron Samuels

WMPG’s 12th annual WMPG Fashion Show Sunday April 10th at Port City Music Hall!

Local designers of wearable art for women, men and children will show their most creative fashions on the WMPG runway on Sunday April 10th, 7pm doors, 8 pm show at Port City Music Hall. Artistic Director Cindy Flanders reports that this year’s show includes works from new and returning designers. Styles run the spectrum from formal to street. Statement Jewelry pieces, repurposed, up-cycled and embellished clothing as well as vintage inspired garments. WMPG’s Fashion Show strives to include a wide-ranging and energetic collection of the talent & creativity that is thriving in Maine.