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  1. 88.1 the Park Euchre Tournament

    September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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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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Euchre Tournament Benefits 88.1 the Park

An evening of Playing Euchre, making new friends and supporting the community will be in the cards when 88.1 The Park hosts their 7th Annual Euchre Tournament on Saturday September 29, at 7:00 p.m. at the Plymouth Elks Club.

Players can enjoy an evening of Euchre and support the student radio program that has been impacting students and serving the community for over 46 years.

The Tournament was created by 88.1 Alum Denny Kapp.

“I’ve enjoyed playing in tournaments and decided to share the idea with WSDP’s Alumni Committee. They thought this might be something we could do on an annual basis and we’re excited to bring it back for a sixth year,” said Kapp, a Westland resident.

The tournament costs $20 per player, if they register before September 24, and $25 at the door. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 10% of the field. Players will enjoy pizza, snacks and a cash bar.

“The tournament has grown every year and it helps a really great program. 88.1 gave me a head start into a career working in sports media. I learned how to cover a team through my broadcasts of Canton and Salem games. I’m glad to be able to still help the station,” said Kapp.

This year the tournament is adding 25 cent Euchres.  Players are encouraged to bring quarters.

You can sign up by emailing [email protected] or by calling 248-WSDPEUCHRE (973-7382).

WSDP is owned and operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. The station is staffed by students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools.

Moments with Merritt – August 21, 2018

The Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, in partnership with the Educational Excellence Foundation and Canton Leisure Services, will present the Back to School Bash on Saturday August 25, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The Back to School Bash will provide information, entertainment, and demonstrations from various district groups and programs. At 2 p.m. join the EEF Quest for Excellence, a family fun event that will raise funds for the EEF. Teams of 2-4 (adults and children) will conquer 6 challenges around the Park with the ability to win fun prizes.  Superintendent Monica Merritt spoke with two of the organizers, Nick Brandon, Director of Communications for the school district, and Gretchen Ward, Executive Director of the Educational Excellence Foundation.

This edition of Moments with Merritt will air on Tuesday August 21, at 5:45 p.m.

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88.1 the Park Audition Applications – Due Friday Sept. 21

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 through Friday September 21, 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.

Pre-Audition Application Fall 2018

A list of students that receive auditions will be posted at the station on Tuesday September 25.  Auditions will take place on Tuesday October 2, 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.

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.

Spreading the Airwaves – 88.1 the Park Newsletter Issue 37

The latest issue of the 88.1 the Park Newsletter features and interview with WSDP Alum Nick Gismondi.  The 2000 Salem grad works for NBC Sports.  We also spotlight the station’s success in the 2018 Michigan Association of Broadcasters High School and College Awards.  You can also check out a preview of the station’s largest fundraiser, the 88.1 the Park Auction. airwaves_no_37

88.1 the Park is the 2018 MABF High School Station of the Year

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation presented 88.1 the Park with the 2018 High School Station of the Year Award. The MABF also 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 7, 2018 in Lansing.

P-CEP students received 12 of the 29 awards presented in the high school radio category, including four first place awards in the 10 categories. 88.1 has received the Station of the Year Award seven times since 2001.

“Our students worked so hard this year and we couldn’t be prouder of their success,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.

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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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Helping the community through 88.1 The Park
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