The above film, featuring New Mainers Speak, was created courtesy of UVM film student Peter Ackerman during the summer of 2017. (Very special thanks!)
New Mainers Speak is a bi-weekly half-hour radio program on Sundays from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM on WMPG (90.9 and 104.1 FM): Southern Maine Community Radio broadcast from The University of Southern Maine's Portland campus. Each week community members are interviewed about their personal experiences in their home countries, as well as here in Maine. Individual stories bring to life unique perspectives from global citizens who have lived as immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. On community radio, exercising free speech is not just a concept, but a living practice.
In June 2020 New Mainers Speak started podcasting, (yet another format for listening to archived shows!) Click here to go to Spreaker to enjoy previous episodes as podcasts.
In December 2016 this show was given a weekly spot on WERU 89.9 FM program calendar (Blue Hill and Bangor, ME) --Mondays at 4:30 PM.
Additional information on the show's guests and local events is available at www.facebook.com/newmainersspeak
Awards and Recognition
Maine Association of Broadcasters awarded New Mainers Speak 2nd place for Public Affairs at their annual award banquet on September 14, 2019.
The Rwandese Community Association of Maine awarded a certificate of recognition to New Mainers Speak in appreciation of service to the community on January 9, 2016.
Downeast Magazine's Brian Kevin highlighted the show in the August 2014 issue.
Introductory Theme Song: "Kiti" by Abou Sylla from the album Give Thanks. It is a West African/Guinean traditional song used with permission from the artist.