Thanks for Supporting the 88.1 the Park Auction

Thanks for supporting 88.1 the Park during our annual auction on Saturday May 21.  Your support helped us raise over $25,000  The station was able to reach this level because of the generous support of our listeners, sponsors and alumni.

The auction was presented through the support of Title Sponsors, Community Financial Credit Union and Neehee’s Indian Vegetarian Street Food.  Other sponsors included Choice Insurance Agency of Westland (Major Sponsor) and Beyond Borders Latin Street Food in Plymouth (Half-Hour Sponsor).

The funds raised will be used for equipment upgrades, educational opportunities for students, scholarships, and operational expenses.

“We are so lucky to be part of the Plymouth-Canton Community.  Time and time again our listeners remind us how much they value 88.1 and the impact we’re able to make in the community,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.

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Moments with Merritt – April 2022

The Plymouth-Canton Community Schools is registering new families for Kindergarten and Young 5s Kindergarten for the 2022/2023 School Year.  Superintendent of Schools, Monica Merritt, spoke with Field Elementary Principal, Latisha Thomas, and Smith Elementary Kindergarten Teacher, Eric Stamper, about the process for welcoming new families to the district.

This episode will air on Tuesday  April 12, 19 and 26 at 5:40 p.m



88.1 the Park’s Next Program Director and Operations Manager

88.1 the Park is pleased to announce that Mady Bajorek and Sumedha Sethi will be our next Program Director and Operations Manager.  These our the two top student leadership positions at the station.  Mady and Sumedha will begin serving in the roles in mid June.

Mady Bajorek has been 88.1 the Park’s Promotions Director this year.  She’s worked hard to keep the station present at events throughout Canton and Plymouth, and has provided extra support for station fundraisers.  Mady is a Junior at Salem.

Sumedha Sethi has been a news reporter, DJ, and Community Focus host.  Her Community Focus on the Indian Farmer’s Protest connected this significant social justice movement with the Indian American community in Canton.  Sumedha is a Junior at Plymouth.

“We are fortunate to have great student leaders like Sumedha and Mady,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.  “We’ve seen the station make a difference in their lives and they want to see it make that same difference for others.  They are passionate about enhancing the station’s ability to serve Canton and Plymouth.”

The station is currently accepting applications for other student directorship positions.

88.1 the Park would also like to thank our current Program Director and Operations Manager, Emma Johnston and Evie Cadotte.  “We couldn’t have asked for a better leadership team than Emma and Evie,” said Keith.  “They love the station and the students on our staff.  I’m glad they’ll be part of our staff for a couple more months.”

88.1 the Park Celebrates 50 Years of Serving Canton and Plymouth – The Big 5-O

88.1 the Park is celebrating a milestone birthday.  The station signed on the air February 14, 1972.  “Back in the Day” we were ten watts of power and at 89.3.   The station was on the air for six hours that first day.  A lot has changed over the years including a switch to 88.1, power increases, going stereo, a switch to 24 hour/7 day per week broadcasting and so much new technology.  But one thing has remained the same – the impact on the lives of students.

We hosted an Alumni On Air Day on Saturday February 12, and in the midst of all the music programs we had two alums create a great interview program reflecting on the station.  Bill Collins is Plymouth Salem Class of 1976 and Tom Smith is Plymouth Canton Class of 1977.  Bill has gone on to be a Ford Motor Corporate Exec in Public Affairs and Tom Smith has had a long career in radio.  They interviewed former students and former station advisor John Seidelman.  Some may remember John for his years as a P-CEP counselor and English Teacher.  You can listen to their interview program here.

The station is also part of an exhibit at the Plymouth Historical Museum.  “Connecting at the Speed of Life” looks at communication changes in Plymouth and includes a tribute to WSDP’s  50th Anniversary.  It includes a small studio with some of the early equipment from the station and a bunch of memorabilia.  It will be up through June and is worth checking out.

And if you know a WSDP Alum we are planning a reunion for Oct. 1, 2022 at Schoolcraft College.  We have more information on that evening at our website.

On behalf of our alums, we thank the  Plymouth-Canton Community Schools board members, administration and staff that kept the station on the air through some very challenging years.  Your work allowed students to learn, prepare and thrive. Thanks to all of the students that have been part of the station.  Thanks to our former Station Managers including Bonny Dore, Mary Phyl Godfroy, John Seidelman, Jeff Cardinal, Andrew Melin and Dave Snyder.  And thanks to the Plymouth-Canton community for listening and supporting 88.1 through the many changes.  We’re proud to be Plymouth and Canton’s Radio Station.

WSDP Alumni Reunion – Saturday Oct. 1, 2022

WSDP will celebrate 50 years of impacting the lives of students and serving the community at the station’s 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion on Saturday Oct. 1, 1t 6:30 p.m. at Schoolcraft College’s Vista Tech Center.

The evening will include dinner, a program celebrating the station, and a chance to reconnect with friends from high school.  We’ve celebrated past reunions for the station’s 25th, 30th, 40th and 45th anniversary.

If you know other WSDP Alums please let them know about the event.

Tickets are $50, but the ticket price will increase to $60 on 2February 15, 2022.  You can purchase your tickets HERE.
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Spreading the Airwaves – 88.1 the Park News Letter Issue 42

The latest issue of the 88.1 the Park Newsletter features an interview with WSDP Alum Kitty Underwood Childers, a 1979 Plymouth-Salem graduate.  We also spotlight WSDP’s latest Dr. Andrew Melin Distinguished Alumni Award winners Paul Sincock, Todd Chatman and Greg Angel.  Finally, 88.1 the Park will celebrate 50 years of serving the community in 2022.  Several special events are being planned including an Alumni Reunion for Oct. 1, 2022.

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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Our Sponsors from the Plymouth-Canton area:
The Krumm Agency – Meemic Agent
The United States Army
Advanced Orthodontics – Canton
Durham School Services
Community Financial Credit Union
Max and Bellas – Plymouth
Choice Insurance Agency – Westland