Making Democracy Work

WERU Community Radio and League of Women Voters Win 2018 Maine Association of Broadcasters Award!

Press Release October 9, 2018

Orland - WERU Community Radio (89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor), in partnership with the League of Women Voters-Downeast, has won the 2018 Maine Association of Broadcasters First Place Award for Public Affairs for the radio program, the Democracy Forum.

Democracy Forum is WERU's monthly public affairs program that presents engaging topics in participatory democracy (every third Friday, 10-11 a.m.) The program is a collaboration of WERU and League of Women Voters of-Downeast.

The winning installment of the Democracy Forum is entitled "Immigration: Can We Live Without It?" This program explores the positive impact that immigration has on economic development and workplace Maine. Listen at the following URL: (This is the second year in a row that WERU has been recognized for excellence with regards to a program on immigration in Maine.)

The award was presented at the annual MAB Awards Banquet on September 22nd in Augusta. Congratulations to the all-volunteer team at the LWV-Downeast who plan and coordinate the program: Starr Gilmartin, Maggie Harling, Linda Hoskins, Sheila Kirby, Ann Luther (program host), Maryann Ogonowski, Pam Person, Leah Taylor, and Linda Washburn!

"The collaboration between WERU and the League of Women Voters-Downeast is profoundly important to our radio station because it yields great programming that truly fosters democracy and civic well-being in Maine communities." + Matt Murphy, General Manager, WERU.

"The Democracy Forum has been a signature project of the League for over 15 years, helping engage our on-air community in conversations with state and national experts on the most important topics relating to how democracy works. This volunteer-powered project could never have been possible without the support of WERU." + Jill Ward, President, League of Women Voters of Maine.

WERU Community Radio is an independent, noncommercial, educational media organization. Its mission is to engage with the community to provide diverse music, entertainment and alternative news and public affairs programming, with emphasis on local people, issues and cultures.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

For more information: Matt Murphy, General Manager, at 469-6600 or