Moments with Merritt – November 20, 2018

The Plymouth-Canton Community Schools has a gifted group of Principals and Assistant Principals at all levels of the district.  Isbister Elementary Principal, Emily Hawthorne, is one of the newest Principals in the district.  She is also a graduate of the district.  Superintendent, Monica Merritt, spoke with Hawthorne about what drew her back to the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.

The show will air on 88.1 the Park on Tuesday November 20, 27, December 4, 11, and 18 at 5:45 p.m.


88.1 the Park Thanks for Giving Pledge Drive – November 5-10

88.1 The Park listeners, alumni and friends will have a chance to show their support for student radio that is focused on Plymouth and Canton during the 88.1 the Park Thanks for Giving Pledge Drive from November 5-10.

“We love providing our listeners with Plymouth and Canton’s Hit Music,” said Fiona Hughes, Program Director. “But the station offers so much more by providing local news, high school sports, broadcasts from local events, and announcements about local non profits. We are proud to be Plymouth and Canton’s radio station.”

The station is committed to providing radio powered by students. 88.1 The Park is focused on investing in the lives of young people through broadcast and business training, providing students with a place to connect on a large campus, and by giving students a chance to serve their community.

During the six-day pledge drive listeners will be encouraged to make a pledge of financial support for 88.1 The Park. In addition to pledges, credit card donations can be made through 88.1’s website. Look for the DONATE NOW link on the right side of the page. Donors can choose WSDP when they are asked to select a fund. Friends of the station can also donate using the station’s mobile app, which is available for iPhones and Androids.

Throughout the week the station will have special guests stopping in to help the students with the pledge drive, including station alums, friends from area non-profit groups, teachers, and listeners.

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Moments with Merritt – October/November 2018

Plymouth and Canton community members can get a behind the scenes look at life at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park during the P-CEP Community Open House on Thursday November 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Superintendent Monica Merritt spoke with Canton Social Studies Teacher, Richard Mui, Arts Academy Director and Teacher, Amy Willacker-Brown, and Salem Counseling Office Administrator, Kurt Runchey, about the open house and the opportunities at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools.

This episode will air on Tuesday October 30, and Tuesday November 6, at 5:45 p.m.


Spreading the Airwaves – 88.1 the Park Newsletter Issue 38

The latest issue of the 88.1 the Park Newsletter features and interview with WSDP Alum Greg Angel.  The 2003 Plymouth-Salem grad works for Spectrum News 13 in Orlando.  We also preview the upcoming 88.1 the Park Thanks for Giving Pledge Drive and our annual Record Show.  airwaves_no_38

Staff Members of the Month – September 2018

Congratulations to Maddie Turrill and Jack Withers.  They are 88.1 the Park’s Staff Members of the Month for September.

Maddie is a Canton Junior.  Her hard work at 88.1 the Park is paying off with improvements in the quality of her on-air show and news writing.  88.1 the Park’s Assistant Manager, John Kreger, commended her when he said, “She always wants to learn.”  In addition to her work at the station she also serves as an intern for In the Band Music Appreciation Studio at Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex.

Jack Withers is a Plymouth Senior and is one of the station’s best news writers.  Jack is also on the air as a DJ on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is a very gifted announcer.  88.1 the Park Assistant Manager, John Kreger, said, “The kid is getting sneaky good at writing.”

“We are lucky to have Maddie and Jack on our staff.  They always work hard to make the station better,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.

Moments with Merritt – September/October 2018

The Plymouth-Canton Community Schools are enhancing safety and security for students and staff with the addition of John Walker for the position of Director of School Safety and Security.  John has 25 years of public safety experience focusing on security administration, training, and emergency preparedness. He will bring his passion and enthusiasm to engage with our students, faculty and staff.  Superintendent Monica Merritt recently spoke with Walker about his new role with the district.

The show will air live on 88.1 the Park on Tuesday September 18, 25, October 2 and 9 at 5:45 p.m.

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88.1 the Park Auction Sets Fundraising Record

“Thanks” sometimes feels inadequate in expressing gratefulness.  That’s the case with the 2018 88.1 the Park Auction.  This year we set a new fundraising record for the station by raising over $19,000, and the number is still growing.

We first want to thank all of the businesses that donated items.  We were able to auction eight items per half hour and we had a Dream Board filled with wonderful items.  Thanks also to our sponsors.

2018 Auction Sponsors
Key Sponsors
Don Parrish State Farm in Livonia
The Hearing Center of Excellence in Livonia and Dearborn

Hour Sponsor
Dr. Mark Mann Family Dentistry in Canton

Half Hour Sponsors
Smarter Practice Solutions of Plymouth

We would also be remiss if we didn’t thank our alums and families that matched half hours of the auction.  We had a record number of alumni matches allowing each half hour of the auction to be matched by two people.

Our student announcers and staff also did a tremendous job of staffing the auction from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  They were always focused and ready to work.

Thanks to our listeners.  You always amaze us with your bidding and support.  We’re proud to serve the Plymouth-Canton Community,  and this year’s auction makes that possible.

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
Community Financial Credit Union
Mark Riegal – Real Estate One
Messina Concrete
Quick Pass Car Wash
Blackwell Ford
Westbrook Salon
Healthline Chiropractic Family Clinic and Massage
Alexandra Burgett Memorial Scholarship