88.1 The Park uses local radio to invest in the lives of young people and serve the Plymouth-Canton Community. But you might be surprised to find out that 88-1 is located at Salem High School and is run by students at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.
We know that the students of Canton, Plymouth and Salem High School are fortunate because not every school has a radio station. Because of this unique opportunity, we’ve joined with other high school stations to celebrate High School Radio Day on Wednesday April 26. On that day, we hope to bring awareness to the programs offered on 88-1 as well as high school radio stations throughout the country.
The Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Infant Preschool Special Education Program (IPSEP) is celebrating 40 years of serving families in the district. Superintendent Monica Merritt spoke with the Executive Director of Special Services, Julie Woodhams, Infant Preschool Special Education Program Supervisor, Becky Mehill and Infant Preschool Special Ed Teacher Mary Kay Herr. They talked about the changes in the program and the impact IPSEP has had on students and families.
The show will air live on 88.1 the Park on Tuesday April 18, 25 and May 4, and 11, at 5:45 p.m.
Serafine Hinz and Fiona Hughes will share the top student leadership position. Serafine will serve as Operations Manager and Fiona will take on the role of Program Director. They will work together to provide leadership for the station’s directors.
“We are lucky to have Serafine and Fiona in these roles,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager. “They care deeply about the station and want to see us become even better at serving the community. I look forward to seeing how the station grows under their leadership.”
Fiona and Serafine have big shoes to fill as they take over for current Program Director, Amanda Barberena. Amanda will be attending Michigan State University in the fall.
The station will fill other directorships following interviews on Monday April 24.
88.1 The Park will broadcast the auction and listeners will be able to call in and bid on items donated by local businesses, with new items available every half-hour. There will be great items to bid on, including autographed memorabilia, restaurant gift cards, and services from local businesses. A Dream Board with more unique items will be available for bidding all day.
Last year, the station raised over $17,000 and this year’s goal is $18,000.
Key Sponsor – Don Parrish State Farm
Hour Sponsors –
Half Hour Sponsors – Marie Tarhanich
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation honored 11 Plymouth-Canton Educational Park students in their annual High School and College Awards Competition. The MABF presented the awards during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo on Wednesday March 8, 2017 in Lansing.
P-CEP students received 11 of the 30 awards presented in the high school radio category. The students received five first place awards in the 11 categories.
“Our students continue to amaze us each year. They are consistently among the best in the state and we couldn’t be prouder,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.
The MABF received almost 700 High School and College entries in the radio and television competition. The entries came from from over 30 schools.
Plymouth Senior Amanda Barberena also received the WXYZ-TV Broadcasting Scholarship at the conference. She was recognized among current college students for this special honor.
“Amanda is so deserving of this recognition. She is a wonderful leader at our radio station and her impact at 88.1 will be felt for many years. We are lucky to have her on our staff,” said Keith.
Sam is an on-air host on 88.1 every Thursday from 2:20 – 4:00 p.m. He also serves on the station’s music staff and regularly hosts interviews with artists and music critics.
“Sam is very dedicated to the station,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager, “I’ve been especially impressed by his Backstage Pass interviews. He regularly reaches out to interesting bands and he spotlights their work through his interviews. I’m excited that we have him on staff for a couple more years because I know he will do great things for the station.”
The latest issue of the 88.1 the Park Newsletter features an interview with WSDP Alum Beth Eckerty (Plymouth-Canton ’95). You can also learn about the station’s success at the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Awards and plans for alumni reunions.
88.1 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.