“New Mainers Speak” is a weekly half-hour radio broadcast Sundays from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the University of Southern Maine’s community station WMPG (90.9 and 104.1 FM). Each week community members are interviewed about their personal experiences in their home countries, as well as here in Maine. The individual stories bring to life unique perspectives from people who are immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
WMPG Program Director Lisa Bunker notes, “I could not be more pleased about this new show. We have been trying for a long time to include new Mainers in the making of community radio, but with limited success. “New Mainers Speak” seems to be the effective entry-path into radio that we have been seeking for this under-represented population.”
The mission of “New Mainers Speak” is threefold. To listen to the stories of individuals who have had unique journeys on their way to establishing their lives in Maine. To raise awareness throughout southern Maine about the lives, hopes, and dreams of some of our newest residents. And, to invite new Mainers to be active contributors to community radio at WMPG.
WMPG 90.9 and 104.1 FM is USM’s community radio station with a mission to provide a high quality, community-oriented broadcast service to the people of southern Maine. It seeks to give citizens and community groups access to radio to share their interests, concerns, and talents. WMPG provides opportunities for women, community members with diverse backgrounds, minorities, and others who are under-represented in mainstream media to fully participate in creating radio broadcasts at every level of production.
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