Keith Shortall

Director, News & Public Affairs

Keith Shortall is MPBN's News and Public Affairs Director. He grew up in Thomaston, Maine and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1982, majoring in philosophy. He began his career in commercial broadcasting in Portland, before moving to MPBN in 1989. Keith's interests include music (if you consider drummers to be musicians), and theater.

Ways To Connect

PORTLAND, Maine — The traditional Down East accent is more than a way of speaking. It's also a commercial commodity, another part of the package that makes up, for many visitors, the complete "Maine experience."

Maine Dialects

16 hours ago

A discussion about Maine expressions and local accents that make up the true language landscape of our state.

Guests:  Michael Erard, author, journalist, and linguist. My latest project Schwa Fire, a digital publication that produces amazing long-form journalism stories about language and life, has launched.  Author of "The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners" and "Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean."
  James N. Stanford, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Dartmouth College

It's Thursday, and that means it's time again for Across the Aisle, our weekly look at Maine politics, with regular analysts Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and former a Democratic state senator, former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, and Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the Maine Senate as an independent. They spoke with Keith Shortall.

Across the Aisle is heard most Thursdays on MPBN Radio.

Update from Augusta

Jul 21, 2015

The latest news out of Augusta as the legislative session comes to an end - sort of.

Guests:  Mal Leary, MPBN Political Correspondent

Mario Moretto, Bangor Daily News State House Reporter

Soil is more than dirt - it's the basis for healthy food production, supports our planet's biodiversity, and helps the earth combat and adapt to climate change.

Guests:  Ivan Fernandez - Professor of Soil Science at University of Maine's School of Forest Resources, Climate Change Institute, and, School of Food and Agriculture. 

Andrew Carpenter - Founder of the Belfast-based company Northern Tilth - a company that provides organic waste recycling technical services.