WMPG, the volunteer-run community radio station which broadcasts from the USM campus, finds that it now has a $12,000 budget shortfall for the current fiscal year due to across-the-board federal budget cuts along with new rule changes at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
What’s a community radio station to do? WMPG operates on a barebones budget without padding for extras, so we need to make up that shortfall with local support. Listeners who value the live, original, locally-produced, culturally diverse programming are asked to help WMPG stay healthy and robust.
The SEQUESTER BUSTER, a two-day Rescue Real Radio campaign will take place on air Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29. In addition to the usual radio riot that occurs during fundraising campaigns on WMPG, there’ll be a yard sale of music and SWAG and a cookout lunch on the front lawn of the station at 92 Bedford Street, USM Portland campus, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
WMPG is the volunteer-driven, non-commercial radio station of the University of Southern Maine, reaching all of southern and much of central Maine, and well into central New Hampshire. Broadcasting at 90.9 and 104.1 on the FM dial, and streaming worldwide at WMPG.org, the station is dedicated to preserving public access to the airwaves. WMPG is the radio station that belongs to its listeners and the communities in which they live. WMPG relies on its listener supporters to fund an operating budget of about $300,000 annually.