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88.1 the Park Auditions


Deadline Extended to Monday February 6, 2023.

You can join the staff of one of the best high school radio stations.  88.1 The Park is accepting applications for new staff members and they are due on Monday February 6, 2023.

Students will have an opportunity to work in all areas of the station’s operation including as a DJ, Sports Announcer, Promotions Assistant, News Anchor and Production Assistant.  They will gain experience that will prepare them for careers in media, as well as other fields. Staff members will develop business skills that will stick with them for a lifetime.

The station will host an introductory meeting for students planning to audition on Tuesday January 31, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  The meeting will provide an overview of the audition process and expectations for new staff members.
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88.1 the Park Record, CD and Music Memorabilia Show – February 11, 2023

Thousands of vinyl records, CD’s, import only releases, t-shirts, posters, and other collectibles will be on display with the return of the 14th annual 88.1 Record Show on Saturday February 11, 2023.

The show will run from 10am to 4pm at the Salem High School Cafeteria, and proceeds will benefit the nationally-recognized student radio station operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.

The show will feature special giveaways and door prizes in addition to a wide variety of vendors. 88.1 the Park expects to build on the success last year’s show, which had a record attendance of over 450 people. Much of the success of the show can be tied to the resurgence of interest in vinyl records.

“We strive to make the record show an experience for music fans of all ages to enjoy. No matter how long you’ve been collecting vinyl, you can support your local radio station while finding the perfect item to add to your collection.” said Mady Bajorek, Program Director for 88.1 the Park.
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Moments with Merritt – November/December 2022

Plymouth-Canton Educational Park is home to three great high schools and many award winning extra-curricular programs. Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Superintendent, Dr. Monica L. Merritt spoke with two of the Park’s Principals, Kim Villarosa (Salem) and David Reed-Nordwall (Canton) about changes with the attendance policy, Advisory periods, resources available to students and much more.

The program will air Tuesday November 29, December 6, 13, and 20 at 5:40 p.m.

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Dr. Andrew Melin WSDP Distinguished Alumni Award – 2022

88.1 the Park will honor three deserving alums when the station presents the Dr. Andrew Melin WSDP Distinguished Alumni Award on Wednesday June 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the VisTa Tech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia.  The honors will be presented at the station’s annual banquet.

This year’s honorees are Tim McGuire, Plymouth-Salem ’84, Brook Eddy, Plymouth-Canton ’92, and Denny Kapp, Catholic Central ’98.

The award was created in the Spring of 2017 in honor of former WSDP Station Manager, Andrew Melin.  The purpose of the award is to recognize WSDP Alums that have used their experience at the station to further the mission of WSDP by achieving success in their chosen career field; investing in the lives of young people; or supporting their local community. It is the hope of the station’s management that the honorees will serve as role models for future students at 88.1.

“Check. 1. 2. 1-2-3. Check check,”  Tim McGuire is pretty sure that’s the first thing he ever said into a WSDP microphone. Like so many station alums, WSDP was his launching point into a lifetime of adventure behind a mic.  To this day, variations of characters born on his WSDP show still surface during voice acting auditions. His on air career began in high school, and then he moved, thanks to a recommendation from fellow alum Todd Chatman, who had already landed a gig at KGBS in Greeley, Colorado. His rock n roll radio career went From Colorado, to various stations across the country, finally landing in Public Radio, at WFSU in Tallahassee, Florida. He’s been the Operations Manager for Public Radio Stations WFSU, WFSQ, and WFSW for almost 20 years, and is the Station Announcer for WFSU.  He’s worked in the National Football League as the Stadium PA Announcer for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tim also spent a decade broadcast engineering for Florida State football and basketball, home and away radio broadcasts, with Hall of Fame Broadcaster Gene Deckerhoff. He wrapped up his DJ career, at the end of 2021, signing off for the last time at WGLF, Gulf 104.   He also does freelance voice work from his home studio daily.

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In a characteristically high-risk move, Brook Eddy traveled to India for three months to research a social movement based on universal family and volunteerism. The taste of authentic chai in India sparked an idea that led her in a completely new direction. Brook concocted a craft-brewed fresh ginger chai recipe and launched Bhakti Chai to be a mission driven company. Bhakti was founded with the desire to elevate the tea experience and on the principles of sustainability and supporting women and girls through her Gita Giving platform. Bhakti is now a multi-million dollar business and a leader in the beverage industry. Brook has been profiled in Inc. Magazine, Yoga Journal Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and was one of the five top finalists in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of The Year Contest—the most prestigious award bestowed upon entrepreneurs today. She has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado, Watson University, and Naropa University. Brook founded GITA (Give. Inspire. Take Action), a social change platform aimed to encourage others to join Bhakti in their work to support women and girls globally and highlight social entrepreneurs.

Denny Kapp graduated in 1998 but never really left WSDP, serving as a mentor to those that followed in his footsteps, as well as a regular contributor to the station’s annual fundraisers.  The 41-year-old absorbed the opportunities and guidance provided to embark on a career that still sees him reporting for national networks and calling games as a play-by-play broadcaster.  Denny has covered multiple NBA Finals, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals and Super Bowl XL for numerous networks including SiriusXM and Associated Press Radio where he was named Stringer of the Year in 2018.  He also calls the basketball and baseball finals for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s state-wide radio network as well as college basketball games on ESPN Plus at the University of Detroit Mercy.
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88.1 The Park Phone Apps Available Now

Apps88.1 the Park is excited to announce the release of the station’s new iPhone and Android Phone Apps.  The phone apps are available at the iTunes and Google Play stores.  You can search for 88.1 The Park.

“We’ve been working on this release for over a year so it is exciting to release the apps for our listeners in Plymouth and Canton, and throughout the world.  We wanted to make it easier for our listeners to access the station and our digital content,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.

The apps were created through a partnership with jācapps, a mobile apps development company in Southfield.  They are one of the leading app development companies for radio stations.

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