WMPG Celebrated Free Speech Week: October 22 to 28


WMPG Community Radio joined with: Portland Media Center; The First Amendment Museum at the Gannet House in Augusta; and the New England First Amendment Coalition to celebrate National Free Speech Week, October 22 through 28.

Live events and broadcasts will examine, discuss, celebrate and appreciate the rights and responsibilities of the free speech as defined in the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Here are some of the highlights of Maine’s activities for Free Speech Week.


All members of the public are invited to attend an open house at 4 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the First Amendment Museum, 184 State Street in Augusta. The open house will present a unique opportunity for conversations on current issues pertaining to political speech, the Internet, student speech and symbolic expression. The event will feature discussions on these topics with experts from Maine, and attendees will be encouraged to participate!


Public welcome to attend Free Speech Week Closing Event, Saturday, Oct 27 at 2 p.m. at the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street in Portland. A panel of local experts on Free Speech, including:

ELLEN ALDERMAN, Attorney and Author | Alderman is a former entertainment attorney who has written extensively about civil rights. She is the co-author, with Caroline Kennedy, of two books about the Constitution, “In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action” and “The Right to Privacy,” as well as the author of articles on a variety of civil rights topics. She most recently worked as a Voter Protection Attorney in Maine and is currently the head of the Maine State Suffrage Centennial Commemoration.
CHET LUNNER, Former Journalist, Political Consultant | A former journalist and retired executive, Lunner has a unique perspective on the First Amendment. He has been a Maine newspaper editor, U.S. Congressional chief of staff, homeland security intelligence officer, and staffer to four Cabinet secretaries. He has worked with or consulted for USA Today and the U.S. Congress among others.
DANIEL PANICI, Professor at University of Southern Maine | Panici primarily teaches mass media and mass communication courses. He has published numerous articles on a wide variety of mass communication topics including college radio and television, new media use in classroom, media education, service learning, and writing strategies for media. Panici also serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Mass Communication and Society and reviews manuscripts for the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.
BENJAMIN S. PIPER, Attorney at Preti Flaherty LLP | Piper’s media practice includes representation of the news media in First Amendment, defamation and privacy, and freedom of information matters. Before joining Preti Flaherty, Piper served as law clerk to the Honorable John A. Woodcock, Jr. at the United States District Court, District of Maine. While in law school at the University of Wisconsin Law School, he served as Managing Editor of the Wisconsin International Law Journal.
MATTHEW STORIN, Former Journalist and Editor (moderator) | Storin was editor of The Boston Globe from 1992 to 2001. He began his journalism career at the Daily News in Springfield, Mass., and later joined the Globe’s newsroom, covering Congress and the White House and serving as city editor and Asian bureau chief during his first 16 years at the newspaper. He also worked at U.S. News and World Report, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Maine Times. He now lives in Camden, Maine.

WMPG BROADCASTS: Some of WMPG’s Volunteer programmers will highlight music and conversations for Free Speech Week

Monday, Oct 22 

10:30 to Noon   Palm Wine Radio with DJ Zachariah  – Listen to African musicians who speak/sing out without the protections of a first amendment. Featuring Fela Kuti,Thomas Mapfumo and others.

10:00 to 11:30  Music For the Expanding Mind with DJ NY Mike – playing “Tipper Gore’s List.”

Wednesday, Oct 24

10:30 to noon  Crossfade with Barb Truex  – music of truth and dissent from around the world

1 to 1:30 PM    Friendly Fire with Don Kimball – exploring free speech issues affecting veterans

8:30 to 10 PM   Left of the Dial  with DJ Shaxx –  a show about artists who speak truth to power and use music for the purpose of social justice!

10:00 to 11:30 PM  The Beat Don’t Stop with DJ Low Down Dirty Shane – Hip-Hop was certainly at the center of a lot of free speech controversy in the late 80’s. Let’s listen!

Friday, Oct 26

5:00 to 7:00 PM  Evening Sun Blues: Ruby’s Juke Joint – Free speech and the blues and beyond.

Sunday, Oct 28

10:30 to Noon   Cool Britannia with DJ Annella – Listen to Civil Rights, Free Speech and Radio.

9:00 to 11:00 PM  The Broad Cast with DJ Caitlin – Women and Free Speech