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Indigenous People’s Day special

On Oct 8th, WMPG’s own Christopher the Hermit presented a special program featuring Native American music, words, stories and interviews. Listen to the program

Portland Files performed in front of live audience Friday September 14th

Ashley, Mark and Courtney knocked everyone’s socks off during a live performance of The Portland files on Friday September 14th at 7pm in USM’s Talbot Auditorium in Luther Bonney Hall.

“Middle School Mic Drop” is looking for adults and kids for a weekly radio show

We are now gathering a team of adults and middle schoolers to produce a live weekly one-hour show on Saturdays 9-10am called “Middle School Mic Drop. The middle school aged kids will be on air, and the adults will supervise. Our first mandatory training meeting is: Saturday Sept. 29th at 8:30-10pm am at WMPG 92 Bedford St. You must call or email to apply for the show. WMPG has a strong commitment to youth programming….

Blunt Youth Radio has moved to Tuesday Nights!

WMPG’s “Blunt Youth Radio Project” has made the big move to Tuesday night! Blunt will still be on from 7:30 to 8:30 pm EST and will still be a live call-in, public affairs talk show entirely produced by teens. YOUNG PEOPLE MAKE AMAZING RADIO!! This change also means that “Tuesday…now MONDAY Night Talk Radio” and “Into The Wilderness” have moved to Monday evenings, also starting at 7:30.

“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…

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“   Open house + a special all queer music show with guest DJ Qwerewolf on Thursday June 14th from 3pm-5pm. We’re inviting folks to stop by the station, and for LGBTQ+ folks to make quick guest appearances live on-air to talk about pride and what…

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. Blunt Youth Radio Project produces a weekly call-in talk show that airs Monday nights from 7:30-8:30 on WMPG,…

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. Each year, the Homelessness Marathon brings to the fore the voices of the oft-unheard… the homeless folks who are part of our community. The Homelessness Marathon features live reports, the voices of advocates and experts, and…

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 MPK Day Programming

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…

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. 5-6PM – CELTIC/IRISH HOLIDAY MUSIC HOUR 6-7pm – RADIO SPECIAL – “A Celtic Christmas” 7-8pm – CHILDREN’S HOUR 8-9pm – OLD-TIME RADIO CLASSIC – Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” 9-10pm – MUSIC HOUR WITH GUEST…

This Sunday night DJ Shaxx Presents an “all request” show. Vote now on-line to choose the songs!

Tune in this Sunday, Nov. 19 from 9-11pm to DJ Shaxx Presents for an ALL-REQUEST Monsters of Alt-Rock special. It’s a battle between alt-rock giants – Morrissey (The Smiths), U2 and the Pixies . The playlist will be voted on by listeners. Go to this fancy survey to collect the votes.

Special Veteran’s Day Programming

On Friday November 10th (observed Veterans Day) WMPG presented stories from Veterans and music iconic to war and conflicts throughout history. We featured USM student veterans , and a few local organizations: Vet to Vet and Veterans for Peace . There is a special feature from WMPG’s own Dick Dinman about Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart and his experiences in WWII. Also featured from WMPG producer Lise Stamant, an interview with a local veteran who is working to end suicide amongst veterans. Thanks to Rachel…

WMPG Record / CD sale draws over 500 happy fans!

Wow – Thanks to everyone who made the 22nd 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 over $10,000. 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…

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:…

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. Learn to report for radio, host a live show, engineer a broadcast,…

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.