Our University of Southern Maine (USM) students and DJ’s are honoring Black History Month at WMPG. This year’s theme is Black Resistance.
You will hear specially curated playlists from DJ’s. Our students are producing audio which will highlight achievements and contributions, including pre-colonial history plus profiles of contemporary figures recognizing people from politics, education, pop culture, sports and other areas.
WMPG’s annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Cajun Cookin’ Contest takes place on Tuesday February 21st from 11am – 2pm in the USM Abromson building on the Portland campus. All are welcome to come and taste the foods of New Orleans and vote for your favorite. Come taste gumbo, jambalaya and more! Be ready for a King Cake, Beads and party favors supplied by WMPG! Stay tuned for more details. If you are a restaurant and want to participate send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
WMPG is proud to be a media sponsor for Portland Ovations’ Wabanaki Stories.
The land and waters known as Maine have been home to Wabanaki People for over 12,000 years. This vibrant production of Wabanaki stories and music spotlights five Wabanaki artists coming from several different nations and traditions. Musician Tania Morey (Tobique) sings of the Wolastoq; Jennifer Pictou (Mi’kmaq) regales with spirit stories told in the company of a large puppet; Dwayne Tomah (Passamaquoddy) shares stories that showcase his native language, Passamaquoddy; and Jason Brown aka Firefly (Penobscot) electrifies with cutting-edge technology blended with ancient frequencies. Director, artist and author Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy) intersperses each with music and narration.
Beginning Tuesday January 17th, you will hear new shows alongside your favorites – some have moved into different times and days.
Why are we mixing things up?
WMPG is turning 50 this year, and we wanted to return to our roots, offering radio that is surprising, eclectic, and truly local. We are radio made by community and University of Southern Maine members. Thanks for being the world’s best listeners! Take a peek at our new schedule.
Monday January 16th is Dr. Martin Luther King Day.
WMPG will offer special programming to honor Reverend King’s work on civil rights and equity. Tune in from 10am-noon to hear volunteer Michael Cuttings extensive collection of music and speeches. At 1:30-3pm, USM student Shannon Craig will present his take on civil rights and the ongoing struggle. Then at 4pm, we will play King’s complete speech from 1957 titled “Birth of a New Nation.”
WMPG Wrapped 2022
by Caroline Davis (USM Theatre Student and Work Study)
As 2022 comes to a close, we here at WMPG would like to thank our volunteers, business supporters, listeners, and the community of the University of Southern Maine (USM) for their support. It’s been a very successful year for us, and we could not have achieved everything we have without your support.
WMPG featured a live remote broadcast of the Dr. Alfred and D. Suzi Osher school of Music’s Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season. The concert took place on Tuesday November 29th at the Cathedral of St Luke in Portland. Directed by Dr. Nicolas Dosman and featuring the Osher School of Music Choral Union singers