Office of Public Affairs

WMPG Powers up!

 

Contact: Jim Rand, Station Manager, 207-780-4424 stationmanager@wmpg.org

WMPG, southern Maine community radio from the University of Southern Maine, broadcast at 90.9 and 104.1 FM from studios located on USM’s Portland campus, has been a long familiar sound to those in Greater Portland.

Finally, thanks to an aggressive fund-raising campaign and a federal grant from the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program, the station is now broadcasting throughout southern and central Maine and New Hampshire.

WMPG began broadcasting a newly strengthened signal on Wednesday, December 14, 2011. Now the station can be heard from the York/Kittery area up past Lewiston/Auburn, where those in USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College can now tune in, and as far west as the mountains of New Hampshire. New listeners are contacting WMPG daily using a dedicated listener line at 207-874-3000 to report they are hearing WMPG for the first time.

Formerly, WMPG broadcasted at 1100 watts from a tower atop USM’s Bailey Hall in Gorham. Now the station broadcasts from a 500-foot tower atop Blackstrap Hill in Westbrook. Following the current test period at 50 percent full power, the signal will boost to 4500 watts.

For the past 39 years, WMPG southern Maine community radio has broadcast thanks to hundreds of volunteers, with a small professional team of managers for support. WMPG’s mission is to offer airwaves access to the unheard and underserved voices of Maine. Begun in 1973 as a residence hall student project, the station has grown and developed into a nationally award-winning force for independent music, public affairs and news programming.

 

More information about WMPG and the Power Up! project is available at wmpg.org/.