Hard to believe but we are getting ready for the annual Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin' Challenge. This year it happens on March 4th. Last year more than 500 people attended the event and when all the votes were counted we had a tie for first place! The winners were Congress Bar & Grill and The Great Lost Bear. Coming in second was the Local Sprouts Cafe.
We will broadcast live from the event and may have some live authentic music New Orleans style music.
If you wanna get a feel for the event and check out the party check out this nice feature the Bangor Daily News did on the event! BDN Fearture Link
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported WMPG at El Rayo Taqueria on Sunday as we were part of the and their Feed The Arts. El Rayo Taqueria is generously donates 10% of their profits on Sundays in the winter to area non-profits and on February 23rd it went to WMPG! They are located at 101 York Street in Portland and are open from 7 days a week from 11:00am to 9:00pm.
Check out their menu to see what was featured and if you happen to be there in the future let them know that you appreciate them supporting local non-profits like WMPG!
On Monday, December 2, WMPG presented the 11th Annual Bluegrass Spectacular at The Barn at Flanagan Farm. Local Bluegrass legends, Tricky Britches, The Grassholes, the Jerks of Grass, performed. WMPG's Ceci Gilson, host of Thursday morning’s "Kitchen Party" program was the MC for the evening.
The Barn at Flanagan Farm is located at 668 Narragansett Trail in Buxton, Maine.
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.
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
We couldn't have asked for a better day last Saturday as the Southern Maine Record and CD collectors converged on USM's Sullivan Gym for the 18th annual WMPG CD and Record Sale! Dealers from all over New England set up shop along with WMPG's crew as this highly anticipated event took place. A huge thanks goes out to all the WMPG Volunteers who made this event possible! For the "record" this was one of our largest sales to date. We brought in over $7,400 in sales! Thanks espcially to everyone who donated all those CDs and records.
It is hard to believe but we are already thinking of next year's sale. If you have any old records and CDs that are taking up space? We need them. We are in need of records and CDs for next year's sale. Here is a great way to help out your friends at WMPG! - Donate your records and CDs to WMPG for the sale. If you have records, CDs or old turntables taking up space and you don't know what to do with we will take them. The sales from the event go to help WMPG obtain equipment and offset other fees.
Call (207) 780-4424 or e-mail the firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
Printing assistance has been provided by our friends at CYBERCOPY located on Forest Avenue in Portland!
A visit to Island Treasure Toys will surely bring out the kid in you. And the good news? This is one store where you're allowed to touch ... and feel ... and play. In fact, co-owners Anita and Jim Demetropoulos encourage it.
"It's all about helping our customers find the perfect toy," Anita explained. And the store is chock full of unique choices. You'll find classic toys from Melissa and Doug, Waldorf, BOC, and HABA. Along with toy choices that also support Anita and Jim's commitment to recycling and protecting the earth: The Australian Anamalz line of wooden animal toys, made from sustainable maple and textiles, and the hard-to-resist Green Toys line, which even includes a wooden recycling truck. When I asked Anita to describe the perfect toy, she didn't hesitate to answer. "For us, that means a well-made, long-lasting toy that'll continually spark your child's imagination."
Keeping the "home town general store" flavor
Island Treasure Toys began in 2001 as a small home-based business on, yes, a small island off the coast of Maine. Anita's eye for unique toys proved exceptional, and within about a year, it was clear that it was time to move the business out of their home. They opened their first brick-and-mortar store in Yarmouth, and there are now two additional store locations, in Freeport and Bath.
On June 6th WMPG presented another in a series of Radio Open Mics! Participants only had to show up at the WMPG studios and sign up and wait their turn then - step up to the mic - live on the radio!
Due to space limitations we were limited to acoustic instruments only. Comedians and spoken word performers were also welcome. Participants that couldn't make it or had a more elaborate production were encouraged to send in an MP3 file and these were featured in between live acts.
Radio Open Mic is hosted by Hosted by Lorenzo Raffa of WMPG's Thursday morning feature, "The Lorenzo Commentaries."
This is the tenth edition of Radio Open Mic. With its increasing popularity, Radio Open Mic is fun for the performers - AND the radio listeners!
WMPG's presented the 9th Annual WMPG Fashion Show on April 20th at The Asylum.
The show featured locally designed fashion and accessories for women, men and children. Styles include casual to formal to unique and offbeat.
The fashion show celebrates the wearable art of creative designers in Maine.
Designs range from formal wear to up-cycled clothing .
Also featured were special performance by Pragma, featuring the Hoop Vixzens - dazzling sights for your eyes to behold - dancers with hoops , fans & other props for our pre-show.
Artistic Director - Cindy Flanders
Music was by DJ Funky PJ
Technical Director - P.J. Paraskevas Entertainment
Video by Foo Crew and Avenue Media
Runway Manager - Suzanne Madore
Video Production - Josh Gates - Foo Crew
Lights - by Gunnar Bailey-Worth - Color Coordination
Sound - Keith Mann - Asylum
Runway Carpenter - David Herter
Official Photographer - Magdalena Niziol - Magdalena Niziol Photography
Hair & Makeup!
Krystal - Bang! Cut and Color Salon (Portland)
Ashley St. Pierre - Makeup for IF Jewelry
Estelle Glendon - Stephanie Harmon;s model's Hair and Makeup
Tanya Kelly - Hair and Makeup
Susanne LeDoux - Makeup
Alexis Golubow, Nikki Hunt, Holly Danger, Sarah Synn, Genger Rita, Little Miss Rosie, Aquarius Funkk.
Featuring Designs by:
Blood & Whiskey Studio, Deborah Mac Designs, Erika Lynn Desighns, MintPig Printing, Stephanie Harmon, Aquarius Funkk, Raisa Sabelnikova, Sprocket Screenprinting, IF Jewelry, Giselle LaFrance, Emma Egan
On April 11th and 12th the Center for Bio-ethical Reform's Genocide Awareness Project came to the Portland campus of USM. This controversal anti-abortion display features large-scale graphic photos displayed in a public setting, and compares abortion to genocide. WMPG work study students Rachel Stearns and Ross Gauvin talked to project members and to members of the USM community about the display, and filed a well-done news report. Listen here.
Every Wednesday night at 7:30pm local psychiatrist Dr. Anne Hallward conducts half hour interviews on subjects that are uncomfortable, painful or shameful to talk about. The hope is that in making difficult subjects discussable, we are all freer to express ourselves more fully.
On Wednesday, March 28th, Dr. Anne interviewed Maine's governor, Paul LePage about his childhood growing up in a home with domestic violence. In the half-hour conversation Governor LePage describes the moment when he decided he had to leave home: the moment when his father tried to pay him to lie to a doctor about the cause of his injuries. He describes living with the fear that pervaded his childhood home, and his attempts to protect his mother from his father's assaults. LePage then goes on to challenge men to speak up against domestic violence in settings with other men, and to create a culture that has no tolerance for attitudes and behaviors that belittle women. He talks about his vision for new laws in Maine that protect women from batterers and bring abusers to justice.
On Thursday March 29, on the "Hukkin' A Chainek" program, Steve Hirschon interviewed jazz legend Ben Sidran about his new book: "There Was a Fire:Jews, Music and the American Dream." Steve and Sidran spoke about the historical, spiritual and cultural aspects of music and how Jewish immigrants had an outsized impact on American popular music.
Fascinating and thought provoking! WMPG is honored to have an artist of Sidran's caliber on our air.
Rachel Talbot Ross is the State Director of the Maine NAACP, and President of the NAACP's Portland Branch. This morning, Ms. Talbot Ross visited the WMPG studios to participate an audio project being prepared for a MLK Day radio special.
She talked with WMPG Volunteer Reporter Lorenzo Raffa about today's response from Maine Governor Paul LePage to invitations from the Maine NAACP to attend events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. If you would like to hear their conversation, Click here to listen.
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.
WMPG Community Radio and the St. Lawrence Arts Center presented a special series of events with Maine's own master of song and story, Gordon Bok on Sunday September 19. Talented multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and purveyor of the lore of coastal life, Bok took the stage at 7:30 PM at the St. Lawrence. Bok also presented a Guitar Workshop that same day, and an exhibit of his wood carvings grace the gallery walls at St. Lawrence Arts for the month of September.
Gordon Bok is timeless. Seafarer, songwriter extraordinaire, excellent instrumentalist, and "painter" of moods, he takes his audiences over the bay and out to sea, through a labyrinth of emotions from joy to fear, and awe at the immense wonderment of the world we live in. Free of even a hint of self-infatuation, his concerts are devoted to songs rooted in history or sparked by the imagination. For decades now, Bok has been writing and collecting songs inspired by life in Maine and the Maritime Provinces, so it wasn't surprising to hear well-crafted tales of loggers and river drives and battles between American natives and settlers.
More information at stlawrencearts.org
Gordon Bok's Wood Carvings: Unbeknownst to many fans of Gordon's music, he is also an accomplished visual artist. His work will be on exhibit at the St. Lawrence Arts Center for the month of September, beginning with the First Friday Art Walk on September 3rd.
All proceeds from this event benefited both WMPG and St. Lawrence Arts
WMPG is pleased to report that we have begun the process of web-based electronic playlisting. We're using a service called Spinitron to make our volunteer hosts' playlists available to you and your fellow listeners online, often in real time. Not all our shows are on-line yet, but more are being posted every day, and the whole schedule will be up soon. If you're interested in taking advantage of WMPG's new on-line playlists, go to Spinitron.com or click on the playlist button on our home page. Just another way we're striving to improve our service to you as Southern Maine's Community Radio station from USM.
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!
WMPG's Dave Wade interviewed independent journalist Dahr Jamail
On Wednesday, September 27th, WMPG's Dave Wade interviewed journalist Dahr Jamail. Jamail is one of only a few independent US journalist who has spent time in Iraq during the war. His MidEast Dispatches have become critical material for publications such as The Nation, The Sunday Herald, Islam Online and the Guardian.
Jamail is in Portland to speak at USM at the Abromson Community Education Center. Before the evening event he visited us.
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.