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Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Radio Celebration! Tune in Sunday!

The Harp & Bard Irish Radio Program w/Jim Ward is returning to 90.9 WMPG-FM on Sunday, March 15th from 10:30am to 3:30pm (est) for a Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Radio Celebration!

This one-time special is in celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday on March 17th and will feature great Irish music and legends of the Irish music scene from Greater Boston and Ireland!

WMPG’s 2020 Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin’ Contest Winners are SMCC Culinary Arts Program

Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2020 WMPG Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin’ Contest happen! Great crowd, great food, great music! The house was packed and more than 400 people voted for the best of the best! The results are in! Winners of the 25th Annual WMPG Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin’Challenge:

1st Place: SMCC Culinary Arts Program Students! Jambalaya Fritters
2nd Place: Lenny’s Pub, Kori Reece, head chef: Hush Puppy Poutine
3rd Place: Ruski’s, Greg Arnold & Aiden McKenna :Chicken, Shrimp, Hamhock and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya.

SMCC Culinary Arts Program 2020 WMPG Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin' Champions

The Origin of WMPG – by Max Lorber USM Free Press

Great article in the USM Free Press by Max Lorber
The Origin of WMPG

The WMPG radio station was founded with a private collection of records, a set of turntables and a small pirate-radio transmitter in a dorm room on Gorham campus. Howard Allen, the pioneer who created what would become one of Maine’s major public radio platforms, was an 18-year-old freshman when he first stuck an antenna out of his window at Anderson Hall and began broadcasting music to his fellow students in 1970.

The Origin of WMPG - Howard Allen

Black History Month- daily audio features

To celebrate Black History month, we will air daily audio portraits of many important people who have made an impact in the world. We celebrate scientists, radicals, teachers, preachers, musicians, athletes, and those who fought to followed their dreams.

Corey Harris and Cedric Watson at Stone Mountain Arts Center Cancelled due to weather


Sadly, weather has caused the cancellation of Friday’s True Blues show with Corey Harris and Cedric Watson at Stone Mountain Arts Center. Carol Noonan and her crew express regrets, and are planning to select anther show to benefit WMPG in the near future. Happy Snow Day, all!

WMPG’s Dave Wade Interviews Abdi Iftin, the author of the riveting memoir “Call Me American”

On WMPG’s Monday night program Let’s Talk, Abdi Iftin, a Somali refugee, USM student Abdi and the author of the riveting memoir “Call Me American” was a guest and spoke with Dave Wade about his escape to the US from worn torn Mogadishu and his lengthy journey to become an American citizen. Gain insight into what Abdi went through. Click here to listen.

Abdi Iftin & Chris White

The 17th Annual WMPG Bluegrass Spectacular! Want to hear the show – link added!

Monday, December 9  at One Longfellow Square~~  update – Audio Link of full show!


Full recording of entire show linked here! Bluegrass! It was not so long ago in Portland that live Bluegrass shows were not easy to find. Volunteers at WMPG started the WMPG Bluegrass Spectacular, an annual event to showcase the bluegrass scene, small but mighty, in and around Portland.

Give to WMPG Youth on Giving Tuesday

It’s Giving Tuesday, and we have an idea and an ask. We are dedicating Giving Tuesday to our Youth Programming! Can you help us?

One of the programming specialties that WMPG is particularly proud of is our Youth Programming. Saturday 8am there’s ChickensRPeople2. Then at 9am, it’s Middle School Mic Drop. And on Tuesdays, the high school students produce Blunt Youth Radio Project. These dedicated young people receive training in all the creative, technical and ethical journalism aspects of making public affairs radio!

Fall Begathon- we all most made our goal. You can still donate anytime!

Begathon ended on September 25. WMPG asks our listeners to show their love for this unique homegrown station with your financial support…. a celebration of radio freedom…of public access to the public airwaves! You can donate on-line right now by clicking here!

WMPG’s Kate Manahan wins Maine Association of Broadcasting 2019 Award!

Kate Manahan, host of WMPG’s New Mainers Speak won second place in the Public Affairs category at the 2019 Maine Association of Broadcasters awards ceremony which took place in Augusta. This is a statewide event with all the television and radio stations submitting their best work. WMPG is proud that Kate’s show was honored. New Mainers Speak highlights individuals from around the world. Kate interviews them about their personal experiences in their home countries, as well as here in Maine. Click here to listen to a special 30 minute sampler highlighting three segments from shows over the past year. This recording was submitted to the Maine Association of Broadcasters and won 2nd place in the Public Affairs category on Saturday, Sept 14, 2019.

Kate Manahan winner at 2019 Maine Association of Broadcasters Awards
WMPG's Kate Manahan - a winner of the 2019 Public Affairs MAB award!