WMPG Community Radio announces that the one-week fundraising celebration affectionately known as “Begathon” has come around once again.
Spring Begathon takes place from Thursday March 16 through Wednesday March 22. The WMPG volunteers and managers will be asking their listener-supporters for donations totaling $50,000 to meet the station’s operations budget.
WMPG is the volunteer and student-run independent radio station broadcasting from the University of Southern Maine. WMPG’s programming features a wide range of music, public affairs and talk programming at 90.9 on the FM dial. In addition to traditional broadcast radio, WMPG streams programming online 24 hours per day at WMPG.org and may also be heard on a mobile device with a free listening app.
For WMPG volunteers and listeners, the week of Begathon is a 7-day celebration of the unique opportunities that community radio offers.
“Within a few hours, listeners may hear global music, then jazz, followed by indie rock,” says Program Director Jessica Lockhart. “WMPG provides volunteers the chance to learn how to create radio programming, and the listeners the chance to hear music, discussion and voices that are definitely not what’s usually heard on the broadcast media!”
Located at and affiliated with the University of Southern Maine, WMPG relies largely on the local community to fund that station’s operations.
“We raise our own operating funds,” says Station Manager Jim Rand, “and a majority of that is from local sources;– our listeners and local businesses. Begathon is how we – the volunteers, managers AND the listeners – accomplish that. It’s a party atmosphere here… much like a family reunion, as people gather at the station to make donations, answer phones, ‘pitch’ on air, and keep the festive vibe alive for all 7 days. And there’s always lots of delicious food from local restaurants and other food providers!”
Donations may be made at any time online at WMPG.org, and during the drive by calling the Begathon hotline: 207 874-3000. WMPG invites the public to visit the station on the Portland campus of USM at 92 Bedford Street.