You can keep community radio alive and well in Maine!
WMPG needs to raise $50,000 in a week! Can you be a part of it?
WMPG is diverse, broad in its content, and serves as a forum for those whose voices aren't heard elsewhere. From live bands, to live interviews, WMPG is how members of our community communicate with our neighbors. WMPG is an important asset to the health of our southern Maine communities.
WMPG belongs to all of us: It's our responsibility to take care of this asset, this unique and precious resource. There are so many ways to get involved, and a few times a year, we ask you to make a financial contribution to WMPG Community Radio and keep it healthy for the sake of community connection, free speech and public access to the public airwaves.
From our humble beginnings over 40 years ago in a dorm room on the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine, WMPG has grown to a broad-reaching, eclectic radio station offering music, public affairs, talk and news programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. WMPG's recent power increase now brings our signal from York to Augusta and west to central New Hampshire.
WMPG maintains its regular programming during Begathon, but the programmers plan special features and often have special gifts for listeners who pledge during their show with an emphasis on fun. Celebrating radio that is the voice of the people of southern Maine. That's what you're supporting when you call.
So what do you think? Can we do this? If everyone gave a small gift, we would raise the required funds to keep WMPG operating strong and robust for another 6 months! Donations can be made online right here, just click the PayPal donate button and give your gift online or call the Begathon hotline 207 874-3000 between 7am & 9pm, an operator will quickly take down your donation information or stop in at WMPG, 92 Bedford Street and drop off your check.
To mail a check directly to us send to:
96 Falmouth St.
Portland, ME 04104
If you are inspired to give a substantial gift to WMPG, please contact Dale Robin Goodman, Development Director at 207 780-4151.
We also would like to thank the following businesses for helping out WMPG during our begathons!
On September 22nd Dr. Glenn Cummings, USM's new President, visited the WMPG studios and appeared as a guest on our public affairs program Tuesday Night Talk Radio Club, chatting with volunteer host Dr. Richard Rudolph.
If you missed the broadcast and would like to hear USM's new President talk about his vision for the University and the challenges it faces - including answering a number of questions from USM students, gathered by our work study students Chelsea Bard and Jake Rutberg -
you can find the audio here: WMPG Interview
Plans have begun for our 20th Annual WMPG CD/Record Sale which will happen on October 24, 2015. It is coming up soon but to make it happen we are seeking donations of CD/Records/Turntables/Amplifiers & Speakers.
If you have some taking up space and would like to donate them to WMPG give us a call at (207) 780-4424 or e-mail the email@example.com. Our crack team of drivers will quickly arrive at your house to clean away all those old records that are taking up space! We will then give you a receipt which can be used for a tax deduction! Thanks again for to everyone who already donated the records and CDs!
More and more restaurants seem to be doing community fund-raiser nights, and on Wednesday, July 29th it wase WMPG's turn at the new B.Good Restaurant on lower Exchange Street in the Old Port. The evening was about WMPG in general and about Local Motives, our weekly live local music showcase, in particular.
The LoMo production crew was there, and of course there were drinks and food, as well as live local music with Bandit and Friends. The place was paced and 10 percent of the restaurant's profits for the night went to the station.
We especially want to thank B. Good at 15 Exchange Street in Portland's Old Port for inviting us down for some great food and music!
Thanks to all the Fans of Cosmic American Music who were inspired by an evening of live music and film honoring Gene Clark, singer-songwriter and founding member of The Byrds, one of the 60's most influential and iconic bands. This event was a benefit for WMPG Community Radio.
Jeff Beam and Friends, Dominic and The Lucid and Chicken Wire all offered live versions of their favorite selections from the Clark/Byrds songbook. Music was followed by a screening of The Byrd Who Flew Alone a feature length film that documents Clark's career. Interviews with family, friends and the 3 surviving members of the original Byrds; David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn offer an illuminating insight into Clark's trajectory.
Thanks go out to Space Gallery for helping us put this on.
This past Thursday morning a water pipe burst in WMPG's basement where our vinyl record library is. The worst damage occured to our Blue's LPs which were directly under the leak. More than 2500 rare and out of print LPS were soaked with water.
The leak was quickly fixed by the University's plumber but unfortunately the records are another issue. After contacting long-time WMPG supporter Bob Wirtz, who owns Enterprise Records in Portland for advise we quickly sent out a request for help to the WMPG Volunteers to move all the records out of the building and remove them all from the soaked jackets and sleeves.
Word quickly spread via the Social Media that WMPG's record library was in peril and a steady stream of volunteers appeared to help rescue the library! Soon Bob Keyes, a reporter from the Portland Press Herald showed up and snapped a few photos and got the details of what was happening. The next day the Portland Press Herald ran a feature on the flood which created a whole different flood!
Press Herald WMPG Feature Link
After seeing the Portland Press Herald feature the other news outlets were interested and also ran features on the flood! The feature was picked up all over the world via the AP and was run in the New York Times, Washington Post and many others. We just finished an interview with a London publication. We appreciate the attention as we have a lot of work ahead of us.
Local designers of wearable art for women, men and children show their most creative fashions on the WMPG runway on Sunday April 19th, 7pm doors, 8 pm show at Port City Music Hall.
Artistic Director Cindy Flanders reports that this year's show includes works from new & returning designers. Styles run the spectrum from formal to street. Statement Jewelry pieces, repurposed, upcycled & embellished clothing as well as vintage inspired garments. WMPG's Fashion Show strives to include a wide-ranging and energetic collection of the talent & creativity that is thriving in Maine.
Ms. Flanders is pleased to announce that the Fashion Show will feature live runway music by local artist The Moodiest.
Home Dad Chip Edgar is back on the air with his new public affairs program,
"Time Out," Tuesday afternoons at 1:00.
Named after the somewhat controversial parenting technique (not necessarily endorsed by the producers or WMPG), "Time Out" will provide a brief respite from our daily fear of infectious disease, death by terrorists, gay marriage and the next looming weather pattern with non-commercial commentary, your phone calls, and special guests. Plus, on every program a Time Out will be given to a
deserving adult that may have not had good role modeling as a child.
Morrigan Turner, Gaby Ferrell, Lily SanGiovanni(photo courtesy of Pressherald.com)
"If you'd like to". When Lily SanGiovani added these four words to the South Portland High School morning announcement about the morning ritual of the Pledge of Allegiance it created quite a social media storm.
A feature in the Portland Press Herald increased it. On Wednesday, February 25th Eric Poulin interviewed the South Portland High students who created this storm.
The 17th Annual Homelessness Marathon originated from Sarasota, Florida this year and was carried by over 100 community radio stations across the country. It aired on WMPG from 7pm Tuesday, February 17 until 9am the next morning. WMPG has broadcast this program every year and we are proud to present this important program.
The Marathon is held in conjunction with The National Coalition for the Homeless. The Homelessness Marathon's mission is to raise consciousness about homelessness and poverty in America and around the world. This is a national call-in broadcast event.
2015 WMPG Cajun Cookin' Winners Bintliff's American Cafe!(photo courtesy of MaineToday.com)
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!
This year's runner-up was USM's own Aramark/USM Dining who treated us to a delightful Shrimp and Scallop Etouffee with a sip of Sazerac - yes the real stuff.
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!
In October, WMPG began airing daily morning news Monday through Friday. Volunteer news anchors now present news breaks at 7 and 8am each day within existing morning music programs. State and local headlines are written and read by the volunteer anchors, and original reports created by WMPG volunteer reporters.
The morning news initiative follows a successful year-long beta-test period duruing which the station aired a half-hour weekly news roundup program hosted by volunteer News Director Sam Bullock.
In the spirit of community collaboration, WMPG seeks to partner with as many existing local news organizations as possible. The station has also created a new separate training track to empower citizen journalists.
"Our goal is to build a volunteer-powered news department which becomes a trusted source of journalism WMPG style: quirky, smart, and hyper-local," says Program Director Lisa Bunker. "It's one more way, as a local community media organization, that we strive to better serve the many communities within the reach of our signals."
Many people think that planned giving is a difficult process and only something that wealthy people can do. In reality, planned giving is easy to do and a great opportunity to leave a legacy for future generations. Planned giving, or gift planning, enables individuals to make larger gifts to nonprofits and charities than they normally could make from their income. Depending on the type of gift chosen, an individual may enjoy tax benefits, secure a lifetime income stream and provide additional income for heirs. These gifts, while planned now, help ensure that the voice of WMPG Community Radio will be alive and well for years to come.
There are a number of ways you can support the future of WMPG with a planned gift:
It is important to consult your attorney or estate specialist when making planned giving decisions.
Should you have questions regarding WMPG's planned giving options or wish to talk with someone at the station, please call Jim Rand, WMPG Station Manager at 207-780-4424 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are honored to accept your planned gift and would like to know more about your future wishes, as they involve WMPG. If you have already included WMPG in your estate plans, please let us know. We would enjoy the opportunity to thank you and would like to make sure your intentions are carried out properly.
On Monday, October 20, WMPG Community Radio presented the 12th Annual Bluegrass Spectacular at One Longfellowsquare. Local Bluegrass legends, Tumbling Bones, The Grassholes, the Jerks of Grass performed. WMPG's Ceci Gilson, host of Thursday's "Kitchen Party" program was MC the evening.
Doors opened at 6 PM and the place quickly filled to near capacity! Thanks to everyone who came to the show and especially the bands who were stupendous!
All proceeds from the Bluegrass Spectacular benefited WMPG Community Radio. For more information contact Dale Robin Goodman at 207 780-4151 or email@example.com.
WMPG volunteers have won three awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters. Each year the MAB recognizes and honors the best work of Maine-based broadcasters through their annual News and Creative Awards. Entries come from both commercial and and non-commercial broadcasters, including Maine Public Broadcasting.
This year's winners from WMPG were:
Sam Bullock, WMPG news director, third place in the Feature category for her story about the USM Theater production of "In the Underworld".
Dr. Anne Hallward and Gabe Grabin, third place in the Public Affairs category for the weekly half-hour program "Safe Space," a show featuring courageous conversations about subjects that are difficult to talk about.
Safe Space Radio
Bill Audette, second place in the Locally Produced Program category, for his weekly old-time rock and roll music program "Night Train"
The Night Train Show
"WMPG could not be more proud of our volunteers," says station program director Lisa Bunker. "Awards like these prove that even though WMPG is a scrappy little neighborhood radio station with a tiny budget and staff, programmed almost entirely by students and volunteers, we routinely make radio as good as any radio out there."
On Friday morning, 9/12, USM Interim President David Flanagan visited the WMPG studios and spoke with long-time volunteer host Steve Hirshon about the challenges USM faces this year. The interview will air on WMPG this Monday morning, 9/15, from 8 to 8:30am, and is also available for download here.
One of the first things I noticed when I stepped into Board Chairman Adam Lee's office was the beautiful nature photography displayed on the walls. Turns out it's his work. But more about that later.
First, I was interested in finding out how a business partnership that started with a handful of used cars on consignment, and about $1,000, became a company with 14 new car franchises, 13 used car dealerships, and the highest volume car sales in all of Maine.
Lee Auto Malls has been family owned and operated for three generations. But as Adam Lee explained to me, more than 50 years of family work ethic is just part of the story. He credits the company's commitment to unparalleled customer service with much of the company's success.
Just how serious is Lee Auto Malls about customer service? To make sure that each customer's car-buying experience a positive one, there's an owner in every new car location. Every customer call and email is answered, personally. And owners and managers even share their email and cell numbers with customers.
WMPG in partnership with Local Sprouts Cooperative, presented a screening of an acclaimed social justice documentary Shadows of Liberty about corporate control of the mass media. All proceeds from ticket sales benefited WMPG.
In Shadows of Liberty filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay explores the darker corridors of the American media landscape, where global conglomerates call the shots. In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone. Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, Shadows of Liberty poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news?
The film features the voices of Danny Glover, Julian Assange, Dan Rather, Amy Goodman, David Simon, Daniel Ellsberg, Norman Solomon, Dick Gregory, Robert McChesney, John Nichols, Chris Hedges and many more.
Thanks goes out to everyone who joined us on Tuesday May 20th for pizza or two at Flatbread Pizza on Commercial Street in Portland. Flatbread donated $3.50 to WMPG for each pizza ordered between 5-9pm! Yea! Thanks Flatbread Pizza for supporting WMPG and all the other non-profits you support as part of this project!
40 years ago Howard Allen was attending USM, then known as UMPG, and was instrumental in creating WMPG!Thanks Howard! On 4/23/14 we had a live broadcast event and community gathering to celebrate the station's 40th Birthday. Howard attended and was interviewed by longtime WMPG'er Jessica Lockhart.
The celebration started at 10am with an hour of special programming originating from the station's studios. Howard dropped in then and was one of many to stop by.
The broadcast then moved to the Woodbury Campus Center for three hours of live remote radio, featuring a variety of local musical acts in various genres including Samuel James, Sean Mencher, a live Radio Drama (facilitated by Fred Greenhalgh), Pete Witham, David Jacquet and friends, and WMPG DJ Ronda Dale.
The party also featured birthday cakes and a history of WMPG display including news clippings and photos from 1971 to present day! The party was sponsored by WMPG, Portland Student Life and USM's Tourism and Hospitality program. Students in the TAH 410 Event Promotions class worked all semester to create and implement a marketing plan for our 40th Anniversary celebration.
Thanks to everyone who attended or listened in! It was a great time.
On Thursday, November 21st, WMPG broadcast USM Edtalks live from USM's Hannaford Hall.
This was a chance for the USM community to speak to a panel of Maine Senate and House Representatives about the rising cost of education, budget cuts and the future of public higher education in Maine. The forum was co-hosted by USM Student Government, The Free Press, WMPG, and the USM Executive Director of Student Life & Dean of Students. The moderator was Dr. Ron Schmidt, USM Associate Professor of Political Science.
Panel Participants included:
State Senator, Maine Senate President
Rebecca Millett, State Senator, Chair of Joint Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs
Andrew McLean, State Representative
Michael McClellan, State Representative
Matt Pouliot, State Representative
Phoenix Glass Studio
630 Forest Avenue
Take whatever images your mind conjures up after hearing the phrase "stained glass" and smash'em.
Walking into Phoenix Glass Studio, one proceeds with the utmost delicacy; It's easy to feel like the bull in the china shop and to be intimidated by the beautiful glass pieces that compose the studio. But surprisingly, you'll be greeted by Sammy, a bulky and excitable Labrador - A bull in a china shop! You can feel completely at home.
Phoenix glass was established in 1976, and has survived many bulls in the forms of fires and vehicles. Their beautiful art, contemporary and hardy, has survived and is as striking as ever. Once in the Old Port, Phoenix studio is now settled in on 630 Forest Avenue, a lovely little hub with a plethora of windows (some newly discovered) perfect for their eclectic display.
We are proud to report that WMPG's own Blunt Youth Radio program was featured on the WCSH 207 program.
The Blunt Youth Radio Project produces a weekly call-in talk show that airs Monday nights from 7:30-8:30 on WMPG, Southern Maine Community Radio. High school age youth from the Portland area, both free and incarcerated, staff the show. Blunt Members are trained in all areas of radio production: interviewing, hosting, reporting, editing, and engineering. The show has won several Gold and Silver Reel Awards from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and a number of First Place Radio News Awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters.
Fred shows off his new Ogle with Master of Ceremonies, Jerry Stearns
Fred Greenhalgh, volunteer producer of the program Radio Drama Revival on WMPG, has won the Gold Ogle Award, an international audio drama award for Best Fantasy Audio Drama. He won it for "Waiting for a Window," a surreal tale of Norman, a sailor who finds himself stranded on a strange tropical island where no one ever seems to leave.
The half-hour drama was produced by Greenhalgh's Portland-based FinalRune Productions. It was recorded entirely on location in the Portland area -- at marinas, marshes, the beach, and an abandoned mill space in Biddeford. It debuted on WMPG, and features a talented local cast including Ed Patterson, Bill Dufris, and Philip Hobby.
Greenhalgh had the opportunity to personally receive the award in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the CONvergence festival.
The "Ogle" is named for Charles Ogle, who played the first Frankenstein's creation in Edison's silent 1910 film of the famous science fiction horror novel. The award celebrates the best fantasy/audio production of the year.
Greenhalgh's program can be heard each week on WMPG, Thursdsay afternoons from 1 to 1:30pm.
"There are a remarkable number of photographs of the Malaga Island community. Newspapers published several dozen photos over the years sometimes in a kind of newspaper photo-spread unusual for the time period. Photos were also taken for postcards. This postcard image was titled "The Deuce of Spades." In the picture is probably Annie Parker holding Pearl Tripp. Some contend this picture was posed purposefully in an animal pen. Photo Courtesy Maine Historic Preservation."
In 1912, the state of Maine evicted about forty-five people from Malaga Island off the coast of Phippsburg. The island residents were poor, black, white, and mixed race. The eviction is typically viewed as a shameful moment in the state's history. WMPG-FM, in collaboration with the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, announces the premier of Malaga Island: A Story Best Left Untold, a radio and photo documentary recounting this infamous event and its impact on several generations of descendents.
Malaga Island: A Story Best Left Untold includes an hour-long radio program plus a gallery show featuring photographs, audio, and a panel discussion. The radio documentary aired on WMPG, February 26th. A gallery opening will took place at Salt.
"This is one of those stories where people say 'That happened in Maine?!' or 'The state did what?!' Then they say 'Tell me more,'" said Rob Rosenthal, radio producer for Malaga Island: A Story Best Left Untold....
How does a 32-year-old alt-rock/goth band get the fans
excited about a new album months in advance of the album’s release
date? Well, to prepare for the 13th album by 80s alt-rock/goth heroes
The Cure, 4:13 Dream, the 4-man band led by Robert Smith, released singles
on the 13th of each month leading up to the album’s initial release
date of September 13th. Each of these singles had non-album B-sides, which
have always been a Cure staple. However, the album got pushed back to
October 13th and was ultimately released on October 28th. After a remix
EP was released on September 13th to tide fans over, the album arrived
and is the first album since 1989’s Disintegration that, for the
most part, sounds like The Cure we used to know.
4:13 Dream opens up like several Cure albums past –
with a long track. In this case, it’s the song “Underneath
The Stars.” The song echoes back to Disintegration, by far the band’s
biggest album to date. First single “The Only One” also echoes
back of Cure days past, to songs like 1985’s “In Between Days,”
1987’s “Just Like Heaven” and 1992’s “High.”
It’s refreshing considering how awful 2004’s self-titled album
was. There was maybe one good song on the whole thing. It’s nice
to see Robert Smith and Co. going back to basics.
The album does, I feel, take a couple of missteps in
the songs “The Real Snow White” and former single “Freakshow.”
These songs sound like the more recent Cure offerings and they don’t
feel like they belong in any album. They just seem out of sorts compared
to all of the other great cuts. Other highlights on 4:13 Dream include
the sweet but short “Sirensong”; one of the singles and my
favorite song on the album, “The Perfect Boy”; the simple
but lovely “This, Here And Now, With You”; and, “Sleep
When I’m Dead,” which sounded to me at first like an older
Cure song – and now I know why. Upon further reading, “Sleep
When I’m Dead” is actually a song that was originally written
for the 1985 album The Head On The Door.
Do I think like The Cure are headed back in the right
direction? Yeah, I do. 4:13 Dream is the first studio album that reunites
original member Porl Thompson with the band since 1992’s Wish. And,
strangely enough, in Spain, where the Cure have never had much success,
the first three singles off the album have all gone to #1, with “The
Perfect Boy” reaching #2. This album makes me look forward to their
next effort, so I can applaud that one as well, because I believe the
Dream is real – that The Cure can (and will) still make some truly
Next time you bring back bottles and cans you can help support your favorite local community radio station...And you don't even have to get dirty! CLYNK, a new local redemption program, will let you turn in a bag of bottles and/or cans at any participating Hannaford and will credit it to WMPG. There are special bags, which you can pick up here at WMPG, that have a barcode. Want us to mail you a few of them - no problem! Shoot us an e-mail to WMPG Station Manager. When you fill them up and drop them off the barcode will credit your (5 and 15 cent) returns to us! It's that easy.
Participating Hannaford stores include: Biddeford, Brunswick, Buxton, Falmouth, Lakes Region (Windham), Portland (Forest Ave), Saco, Sanford, Scarborough (CLYNK's flagship location), South Portland (Mill Creek), Topsham, Westbrook, Yarmouth, and York.
A big thanks to Jan, host of Local Motives, who had some quick thinking when she learned about the program and added us in!
For more than ten years WMPG DJ's had Phil Hersey to thank for keeping all the equipment up and running. Phil's favorite time at WMPG was either late at night repairing equipment or when a band was playing and he was the engineer. Phil was the WMPG Technical Director and engineer for our Local Motives program, the program dedicated to live local music. If you were in a local band around here for the last decade, chance are Phil made you sound good. He was an institution within the local music scene. Phil passed away in 2004 and last year WMPG DJ Lars Lindgren completed this monument to him. If you want to hear some of Phil's work just call one of our DJs and ask for some local music. We have more than 500 recordings in our library which he mastered. We miss ya Phil but are happy that your passion and love for live music has lived on here at WMPG!
Have you ever wondered what WMPG's music library looked like or perhaps the on-air studio? If yes, then here it is, we recently took out our digital camera and took a walking tour. Take a look at our 67,000 cds and 30,000 lps! Check out our new audio console compliments of the Maine Association of Broadcasters. Meet a few of the people that keep WMPG running! Thanks to Stephanie Sample for the creative editing of the video.
Want to read some old WMPG Web Page News Features?
Want to see our older WMPG.org web features? We park the in our "oldnews" section. Some of the graphics have been lost and it is kinda messy but have a look!