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    January 24 @ 5:45 pm - 6:00 pm
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Moments with Merritt – January 2018

The Plym0uth-Canton Community Schools has had two schools honored as Blue Ribbon Schools in the past two years.  The Blue Ribbon School Honor is presented by the United States Department of Education.  Superintendent Monica Merritt, spoke with the Principal of Gallimore Elementary, Aimee Bell, and the Principal of Dodson Elementary, Dr. April Quasarano.

This episode will air live on 88.1 the Park on Tuesday January 9, 16, and 23 at 5:40 p.m.

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Rock the Park Will Benefit 88.1 the Park

Rock the Park is BACK hosting more talent from the Plymouth-Canton area. The show will be on Friday, February 9th and is open to all ages. Doors will open at 6pm with the show starting at 6:30 in the Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex at 650 Church St.

Rock the Park will showcase four excellent local bands: American Arson, MeandtheDog, Theø, and Gene Pool with genres ranging from R&B to rock.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. The money raised will help maintain our mission of using local radio to invest in the lives of students and serve the Plymouth-Canton Community.

88.1 the Park Auditions – Applications due January 26

Students at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park 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 Friday January 26, 2018.

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 and will develop business skills that will stick with them for a lifetime.

Applications are available at the Canton, Plymouth and Salem High School General Offices, and at the station’s office at Salem.  They are also available at our website.

A list of students that receive auditions will be posted at the station on Tuesday January 30.  Auditions will take place on Tuesday February 6, at 2:30 p.m. at the station’s office at Salem (room 2110).

Students auditioning will be given a packet to prepare a newscast. They will read the newscast at the audition and will be involved in a short job interview.

Pre-Audition Application Winter 2018

88.1 the Park Record/CD/Music Memorabilia Show – February 17, 2018

Thousands of vinyl records, CD’s, import only releases, t-shirts, posters, and other collectibles will be on display when 88.1 The Park presents its tenth annual 88.1 Record Show on Saturday February 17, 2018.

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 displaying their wares. 88.1 the Park expect to build on the success of last year’s show, which was the station’s largest with nearly 400 people attending. Much of the success of the show can be tied to the resurgence of interest in vinyl records.

“I don’t even own a record player and I love attending the show. The vinyl is amazing to see and I love finding CDs from all types of musicians. Even though I don’t always go planning to buy music, I’ve never left empty-handed,”said Serafine Hinz, Operations Manager for 88.1 the Park.

Admission to the 881 the Park record show during normal show hours is $3. Collectors looking get an early start to their shopping can gain early admission between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. for $5. Students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools will receive free admission with a student ID.
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Spreading the Airwaves – 88.1 the Park Newsletter Issue 36

The latest issue of the 88.1 the Park Newsletter features and interview with WSDP Alum Glenn Bar.  Glenn recently retired after a 31 year career at WXYZ TV 7.  88.1 the Park’s Operations Manager, Serafine Hinz, and Program Director, Fiona Hughes, recap the NAB Radio Show and Marconi Radio Awards.  You can also check out a recap of the station’s 45th anniversary reunion and the Vinyl Recall Exhibit. airwaves_no_36

Staff Member of the Month – November 2017

Congratulations to Kaylie Seifert, Canton Sophomore, and Mary Cadotte, Salem Sophomore.  They are 88.1 the Park’s November 2017 Staff Members of the Month.

Kaylie is part of the Community Focus Staff.  She can also be heard on her weekly show from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

“Kaylie has quickly become one of our better announcers.  She works hard each week during her show,” said Bill Keith. Station Manager.  “She also balanced her commitment to the station with a very demanding schedule on the Canton Swim Team.  We always knew that we could depend on her to be there for us.”

Mary Cadotte is part of the station’s Promotions Team.

“Mary made our Vinyl Recall Exhibit better by bringing a radio and playing the station,” said Keith.  “She took the initiative to small change that brought life to the exhibit.  Mary also balanced her commitment to the station with the demands of being  on the Salem Volleyball Team.”

88.1 the Park Announces Basketball Broadcast Schedule

88.1 the Park is gearing up for a winter full of high school basketball.  You can enjoy play-by-play coverage of the Canton Chiefs, Plymouth Wildcats and Salem Rocks.

The broadcast season has already begun but will be in full gear in January

The broadcasts are brought to you through the support of College Tutors and Quick Pass Carwash.


Basketball Schedule

Dec. 8 – Salem Girl’s Basketball vs. South Lyon
Jan. 12 – Salem Boy’s Basketball vs. Plymouth
Jan. 19 – Plymouth Girl’s Basketball vs. Canton @ 6:00 p.m.
Jan. 19 – Plymouth Boy’s Basketball vs. Canton @ 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 26 – Plymouth Boy’s Basketball vs. Wayne Memorial
Feb. 2 – Plymouth Boy’s Basketball vs. Livonia Churchill
Feb. 6 – Plymouth Girl’s Basketball vs. Salem
Feb. 16 – Salem Girl’s Basketball vs. KLAA Round 1
Feb. 23 – Canton Boy’s Basketball
March 1 – Salem Boy’s Basketball

Dr. Andrew Melin WSDP Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations

88.1 the Park is accepting nominations for the Dr. Andrew Melin WSDP Distinguished Alumni Award.  The award was created in the Spring of 2017 to honor former WSDP Station Manager, Andrew Melin.

The purpose of the award is to recognize WSDP Alums that have used their experience at the station and Plymouth-Canton Educational Park 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 our hope that the honorees will serve as role models for future students at the station and P-CEP.

Dr. Melin is now the Superintendent of the Greater Clark County Schools in Indiana.  He served as Station Manager of WSDP from 1982 – 1987.

Nominations for the award are due by Wed. January 31, 2018.  Nominations can be submitted HERE.  

The award will be presented in May of 2018 at the station’s annual banquet.

June Kirchgatter, Plymouth Salem ’83, was the first recipient.  She owns the Juniper Group, and helps companies with corporate communications, marketing and employee communications.  She has served on the station’s Advisory Group.

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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