On December 17, 2008, USM Community Radio Station WMPG was awarded a construction permit by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to relocate its main 90.9 FM transmitter and antenna from Gorham to Blackstrap Hill in Westbrook and increase power from 1.11 kW to 4.5 kW. The power increase and antenna relocation will dramatically increase the number of potential listeners in the station's signal range, from 35,000 to 185,000. To complete this project WMPG will immediately begin a major capital campaign. The total costs for the project (including costs already incurred in the application process) will be more than $200,000 and will include replacing the current transmitter and all associated transmission equipment. The FCC has given WMPG three years to finish the upgrade; the station intends to complete it within two.
People wishing to support the community radio WMPG power upgrade in advance should call (207) 780-4424 or send donations to WMPG Power Upgrade, 96 Falmouth St., Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300 or online at WMPG.org.
Click here to view a map of WMPG's current signal coverage.
Click here to view a map of WMPG's possible new signal coverage after moving transmitter and increasing the power!
The maps show where the 60dbu and 80dbu listener areas are. The FCC considers the 80dbu area to be where an excellent signal will be.
We are so happy to thank the following local businesses and bands as recent "Power UP!" supporters! Port City Music Hall; Jonathan's Restaurant; One Longfellow Square; Portland Museum of Art; Space Gallery; Maine Root; Leonardo's Pizza; Tony's Donuts; Geno's Rock Club ; Honey Clouds; Man-Witch; St. Lawrence Arts and Community Center and Huak