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88.1 the Park Named MABF High School Station of the Year

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation presented 88.1 the Park with the 2020 High School Station of the Year Award for the third year in-a-row.  The MABF also honored 17 Plymouth-Canton Educational Park students in their annual High School and College Awards Competition.  The MABF presented the awards during the Great Lakes Media Show on Wednesday March 4, 2020 in Lansing.

P-CEP students received 16 of the 30 awards presented in the high school radio category, including six first place awards in the 10 categories.  88.1 has received the Station of the Year Award nine times since 2001.

“Our success starts with the great work our students produce.  We’re lucky to have such hard working and talented students.” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.

The MABF received nearly 328 High School entries from 21 schools in the radio and television competition.

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88.1 the Park Staff Member of the Month – February 2020

Congratulations to Lily Mahnken, Lilly Betts and Julia Flora.  They are the February 2020 Staff Members and Director of the Month at 88.1 the Park.

Lily Mahnken and Lilly Betts were named Staff Members of the Month.  Lilly Betts is a Salem Sophomore.  Her show can be heard on Fridays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  She is also a member of the station’s Promotions/Fundraising Staff.  Lily Mahnken is a Plymouth Sophomore and is on the air Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  She also is a member of the Production Staff.

“Lily and Lilly are quickly becoming very talented on-air hosts,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.  “They put a lot of work into their shows and the station sounds great because of it.  We are so lucky to have them on our staff.”

Julia Flora is a Salem Senior.  She is the station’s Fundraising Director, and has served in that role since her Junior year.  Julia is also a very gifted news writer.

“Julia was one of a handful of staff members that really put in the hours during our annual record show last month,” said Keith.  “She was there bright and early and stayed well after the event to account for the money raised.  We are grateful that Julia has been part of our staff since her Freshman year.  She’s become a really dependable leader.”

Chatting with the Chamber – February 2020

President of the Canton Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Paden, spotlights businesses in Canton.  His guests this month were Anne Marcovecchio and Kristin Bennett from My Salon Suites,  and Chiening Hang from  The Takeout Box.  The show is heard monthly on 88.1 the Park and will air on Monday February 24, at 5:40 p.m.

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Moments with Merritt – February 2020

The Plymouth-Canton Community Schools is asking voters to consider a Bond Proposal to improve facilities, enhance safety and security, provide technology upgrades and purchase school buses.  The district is asking residents to maintain the current school debt levy of 4.02 mills which will raise $275,000,000 for improvements.  Superintendent Monica Merritt spoke with Beth Rayl, the district’s Chief Academic Officer, Kurt Tyszkiewicz, Executive Director of Student Services, and Nick Brandon, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing.

The interview will air live on 88.1 the Park on Tuesday February 11, 18, 25, and March 3 following Newsfile at 5:30.

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The Scene

The Von Bondies are celebrating 20 years of making music.  The band just announced a short UK tour for May.  Lead singer and guitarist, Jason Stollsteimer visited the 88.1 the Park studios for an interview with Nick Brandon on The Scene.  Jason is a Plymouth-Canton graduate.  The Scene spotlights the music made by students at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park and is produced in cooperation with In the Band Music Appreciation Studio.

Nick Brandon is the Executive Director of Communications and Marketing for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools and the founder of In the Band Music Appreciation Studio.

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Special note:  The Music that aired with the program on 88.1 the Park was edited from the online version of the show due to copyright restrictions.

Spreading the Airwaves – 88.1 the Park Newsletter Issue 40

The latest issue of the 88.1 the Park Newsletter features and interview with WSDP Alum John Dobel.  John is a member of WSDP’s founding staff.  We also preview the upcoming 88.1 the Park Record Show, a fundraiser that brings over 400 collectors to the Salem High School Cafeteria.
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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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