Volunteer Profile: Hope Rovelto

DJ Name: DJ Hope

Show Name: The Revolution

Broadcast: Every other Sunday 4.00am – 6.30am. Available on our archive.

Local or Transplant? I’m from Rhode Island. I lived there until I was 11 and then moved to NH, then lived in Maine. Back in Maine after 15 years (a lot has changed!)

How did you get involved at WMPG?  My housemate was talking about doing training to become a DJ…so I researched who to contact and emailed Jessica, the program director. I signed up and did the training. I didn’t realize how accessible being a radio DJ would be here in Portland.  I did the training, did some subbing and got a show all within 2 weeks! I started off as a ‘snow angel’ and did my first show as a sub on the 1am – 4am broadcast. Then the 4.00 – 6.30am slot became available. I auditioned and secured my radio show, The Revolution. I wanted to do a politically driven show. I love 90’s hip hop and I mix that up with Woody Guthrie, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin and indie.

How long have you been at WMPG? Since Feb 2018

What do you do when you aren’t volunteering? I’m an artist.   I run a screen printing business and I’m also an educator in the community. I teach people how to screen print. I also work with people with disabilities and work with Bomb Diggity Arts

I am a member of Pickwick Independent Press which is a local community print studio. I like to bowl. I’m in a bowling league at Bayside Bowl.  Our team is The Printers Devils and my team name is Little Mo Ink

As well as DJing and music, I like to bike and make art. I ride around Portland with my bicycle screen printing shop, printing t-shirts and posters for the public.

Why is WMPG meaningful to you? I love local radio and love that I am part of it. I love all the different types of people who make up the programming. It’s forever changing. I like that. It makes me feel like I’m part of life in Maine. I’ve always wanted to be a DJ and now I can be here in Portland.

Here’s how to keep up with Hope

Insta—hoperovelto_littlechair
Web— http://www.littlechairprinting.com

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Special thanks to WMPG Volunteer Annella Linton
Photo credit: Hope Rovelto