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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. 

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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.

The Women’s Touch March 28 – April 1

With WMPG’s recently concluded semi-annual Begathon drive, one way the Java Jive DJs want to thank and say “We love you!” for all your support is to wind up March’s Women’s History Month featuring 5 mornings—(6:30am – 8:30am) — of feminine sound from some of the brightest stars in the Constellation Musica.

WMPG DJ Jackie Nice Video Profile

WMPG DJ Jackie Nice was recently interviewed and had a video profile done on her by Randy Visser and Standing Oak Media. It is a wonderful feature that shows Jackie at home talking about her life and how she ended up at WMPG bringing us her weekly Eastern Sands program heard every Sunday from 3:30-5pm. Thanks Randy and great job!

Gritty’s wins the 2016 WMPG Cajun Cookin’ contest!

Wow – what a day!  The turnout was huge this year for our 21st annual WMPG Cajun Cookin’ Challenge. More than 500 people attended the event and when all the votes were counted we had a winner! Congrats to Gritty McDuff’s as they took the honors and bragging rights this year. They served up a wonderful Catfish and Sausage Gumbo that impressed the voters.

WMPG to broadcast 18th Annual Homelessness Marathon – February 17th, 7pm to February 18th till 9am!

The 18th Annual Homelessness Marathon,  http://news.homelessnessmarathon.org/ — will originate from Washington, DC, starting at 7:00 p.m., EST on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 and ending at 9:00 a.m. the following morning. That’s fourteen hours of discussion about poverty and homelessness in America.

WMPG Production Studio is 25 years old! To celebrate we are going to fix everything! Can you help us raise the needed funds?

WMPG’s production studio is really impressive to people who collects vintage audio gear. They are amazed at the equipment that we use. They usually also ask when we will be moving into the next century. Now is the time!

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Got an opinion?

Remember the Power Up campaign of 2010 and 2011? We significantly improved the quality and reach of our 90.9 frequency! Now we have a question as to whether there is still need for the 104.1FM repeater frequency.

WMPG’s 21st annual Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin’ Challenge happens February 9th, noon-3pm

On “FAT” Tuesday WMPG will again be hosting our renowned Fat Tuesday party. This will be the 21st year that we celebrate Mardi Gras with our volunteers, listeners, USM and the greater Portland Community. It all happens from noon to 3pm in the USM Woodbury Campus  Center in Portland.

WMPG to broadcast the 17th Homelessness Marathon – Live from Sarasota, Florida, starting Tuesday February 17, 7pm to Wednesday February 18th at 9am

The 17th Annual Homelessness Marathon will originate from Sarasota, Florida, and will be carried by over 100 community radio stations across the country. It will air on WMPG from 7pm Tuesday, February 17 and continue until 9am the next morning.

BINTLIFF’S AMERICAN CAFE wins the 2015 WMPG annual Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin’ Challenge!

Congrats to 2015 Cajun Cookin' Challenge Champs, Bintliff's American Cafe. Bintliff's, soon to be renamed Bayside American Cafe, served a Gumbo with Chicken and Andouille Sausage with Mini Corn Cakes. Tasty!

2015 WMPG Cajun Cookin' Winners Bintliff's American Cafe!(photo courtesy of MaineToday.com)

WMPG’s End of Year newsletter!

Want to read our “End Of Year” newsletter? Catch up on the latest WMPG news including features on WMPG winning 3 Maine Association of Broadcaster Awards, WMPG’s Kate Manahan and her program New Mainers Speak, our new mission statement, our new web page and much more!

Ali Al Mshakheel, Ahdaf Shamkhi with children, Ahmed and Lulu, Kate and Time Manahan

‘MPG Morning News – weekdays 7 & 8am

In October, WMPG began airing daily morning news Monday through Friday. Volunteer news anchors now present news breaks at 7 and 8am each day within existing morning music programs. State and local headlines are written and read by the volunteer anchors, and original reports created by WMPG volunteer reporters.

Planned Giving: Make WMPG a Part of Your Legacy

Many people think that planned giving is a difficult process and only something that wealthy people can do. In reality, planned giving is easy to do and a great opportunity to leave a legacy for future generations. Planned giving, or gift planning, enables individuals to make larger gifts to nonprofits and charities than they normally could make from their income. Depending on the type of gift chosen, an individual may enjoy tax benefits, secure a lifetime income stream and provide additional income for heirs. These gifts, while planned now, help ensure that the voice of WMPG Community Radio will be alive and well for years to come.

The WMPG 19th Annual Record & CD Sale – November 8th!

19th Annual WMPG CD/Record Sale happens on Saturday, November 8th at the USM Portland Sullivan Gym. Runs from 10am to 3pm.

We are still accepting CD/Records/Turntables/Amplifiers & Speakers as donations for the sale! Call (207) 780-4424 or e-mail the

Record Sale