Student Senate votes unanimously to recognize the organization “Radio Station”
1970 • December 8
First official meeting of the “Radio Station” met in room 135 in the Student Lounge
1971 • October 4
from The Observer:
WGOR has been broadcasting for weeks now @ 107 FM. Twelve DJs, broadcast hours are 7 to 1
1 seven days a week. Manager & Chief Engineer is Howard Allen, Tom Block is Advertising Man.
1971 • October 15
The Vice President of Student Affairs, Gordon Bigelow, writes a letter to the Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Stanley Freeman, about WGOR and it’s operating at .02 watts on a wireless system (Mr. Microphone?) which doesn’t require FCC permission. The station is considering applying for a 10 watts license and this letter details how it would go about it.
1972 • February 8
The Faculty Advisor for WGOR, Hal Bergeson, writes to Edward Winchester, the MPBN Director of Engineering informing him that $3000 in funds had been secured and that it was time to proceed with applying to the FCC for a 10 watt broadcasting license.
1972 • December
WMPG granted a FCC Construction Permit for 91.1fm to build a 10 watt station.
1973 • August 31
📻 Construction complete and at 11am begins first broadcast❗️
1980 – Frequency upgrade
“WMPG sees a power increase and frequency change. The new signal will increase exposure. The basic change-over cost is estimated at $6,500, $4,000 of which was appropriated by the previous student senate.”
1983 • October
WMPG increases power from 10 watts to 50 watts and switches to the 90.9 frequency
1984 • August 15 – October 8
Off the air for transmitter rebuild and moves into a larger studio space in lower Brooks
WMPG becomes community station, Jim Pinfold & Richard Julio are among the first DJs from the community
WMPG raises $9,000 from listeners and USM President Woodbury matches it to meet the budget needed to fund a power increase. Ed Winchester from MPBN had spoken to President Woodbury and encouraged him to do it
Applied for power increase to 1000 watts and go from mono to stereo.
1988 • November 10
Turned on the new 1111 watt transmitter!
Fall – WMPG moved from Gorham to Portland, 92 Bedford Street. With the Free Press on the second floor the building became USM’s media center.