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“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.
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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.