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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. The educational needle of our nation is moved….with our nation sharply divided on issues from immigration to gay… Read more »
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 will be broadcasting New Orleans music live from the event. There will be plenty of WMPG on-air personalities to spin tunes, and there may… Read more »
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. On Thursday, November 17, the PMA kicks off a four-day, marathon-style reading of Herman Melville’s masterpiece in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium . The book will be read (and perhaps on some cases, performed!) aloud… Read more »
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!… Read more »
Please take our short survey, we have a few programming questions! Your input is very valuable. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wmpgprogramsurvey
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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 not only was one of the original Evenin’ Sun Blues DJ and an expert on the Blues but was a formidable harmonica player and could sing out the Blues anytime anywhere. Many a time he would break out the harp… Read more »
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… Read more »
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. We’ll kick off the week in sonic style catching Betty Carter & Ella Fitzgerald breezily scatting their way through Kathy G’s ‘Fascinating Rhythms’ on Monday…. Read more »
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! Profile Video Link
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. Coming in second was 2015 Cajun Cookin’ Champs Bayside American Café , with a Andouille Sausage and Chicken… Read more »
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. Our hosts on the air will be Pacifica radio WPFW. Our hosts on the groundwill be the Church Of the Epiphany, which reaches out to DC’s homeless a part of its ministry, and also Street… Read more »
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! After 25 years it is now the time to ask for your support to help us upgrade and modernize our production studio. This upgrade will significantly improve our ability to offer access to broadcast quality equipment… Read more »
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. Please take our short survey and help us get the info we need to make a smart decision about our secondary frequency and whether it needs to stay in place or if we can let… Read more »
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 will be broadcasting New Orleans music from the site of the celebration. There will be plenty of WMPG on-air personalities to spin tunes, and Rob Sylvain might even show… Read more »
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.
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!
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!