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WMPG-FM Host Awarded Maine Association of Broadcasters Award

WMPG, the volunteer-run campus/community radio station at the University of Southern Maine learned recently that WMPG volunteer, Dr. Anne Hallward, is the 2013 second place recipient of the Maine Association of Broadcasters “Public Affairs Award.” Hallward’s program on WMPG, “Safe Space Radio,” was recognized for her interview with actress Glenn Close about mental illness in the Close family, and Close’s efforts to reduce stigma. 

 “Safe Space Radio” has been on air since July 2008, produced and hosted by Dr. Hallward, a Portland based psychiatrist, as a way to tell stories that are often silenced by shame, stigma and isolation. The vision of “Safe Space Radio” is that when we can hear someone summon up their courage to name difficult feelings and tell painful stories, we feel inspired to be more courageous ourselves, and to realize that it is possible to find our own voices.  

 Hallward was trained at Harvard Medical School and later taught on the faculty there.  She designed and taught classes on death and dying, cultural competence, sexuality, and psychiatric illness, all subjects that are hard to talk about. This year she received the Exemplary Psychiatrist of 2013 award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for her radio series on “Mental Illness in the Family.” 

“Safe Space Radio” can be heard on Monday afternoons on WMPG Community Radio from 1 to 1:30 p.m., and is available online at

WMPG is the volunteer-run campus/community radio station broadcasting from the University of Southern Maine. From aspiring music DJs to citizen reporters – and with many other radio opportunities on and off the air, volunteers from throughout the southern Maine region are welcome to learn how to make meaningful radio programming. WMPG strives to broadcast the voices, music and topics that are overlooked by mainstream media. WMPG’s operations are funded by listeners and local businesses, with grant funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. More information is available at