Community Financial will present the 32nd annual 88.1 the Park Radio Auction on Saturday, May 15th from 9am to 9pm. Listeners can bid on items donated by local businesses and make a difference in the lives of students.
The station will have great items to bid on, including autographed memorabilia, restaurant gift cards, and services from local businesses. A Dream Board with more unique items will be available for bidding all day.
Last year’s auction was postponed due to the pandemic. The station has set an ambitious goal of raising $20,000 through this year’s fundraiser.
Local businesses and residents still have time to support the student radio station by donating items. Businesses that donate can benefit from the exposure they will receive on 88.1 The Park. Most importantly, they will be helping a program that has impacted the lives of students and served the Plymouth-Canton community for 49 years.
Todd Chatman graduated in 1983 from Plymouth-Salem and is now the Director of Cause and Ministry Development at ShareMedia Services. Todd said, “WSDP set the course for my gratifying 30+ year career in broadcasting. The practical, hands-on experience I received gave me an advantage in landing my first paid radio job. Even if your career goals don’t include broadcasting or media, the skills you’ll craft at WSDP will benefit you the rest of your life. And, it’s just a whole lot of fun too!”
Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a half-hour or hour of the auction can e-mail Keith at [email protected] Businesses that are willing to display an auction flyer can also contact the station. The station thanks Choice Insurance Agency/ Auto Owners Insurance for serving as a Major Sponsor of this year’s auction.
The auction is a great reminder of the impact the station has had in the lives of students. The station’s alums have stepped up to match half hours of the auction. They also hope to add more alumni matchers in the weeks ahead.
“We want to thank everyone that has supported us over the years. The auction has become such a big part of our fundraising. This is our biggest fundraiser and we couldn’t do it without the generous support of local businesses and our listeners” said Bill Keith, 88.1 the Park Station Manager.
Auction Half Hour Alumni Matches
9:00 a.m. – Bill Gutherie, Annie Wellman, Bill Smola
9:30a.m. – Jessica Dumas, Skye Pircha, Dave Buzynski
10:00 a.m. – Mel Gutherie, Jim Heller, Suzanne DeVenny
10:30 a.m. – Steve Klein, Jim Heller, Michael Adzima and the Adzima Family
11:00 a.m. – Steve Klein, Mary Guregian Jenkins, Cindy Richards – Wildwood Equestrian Center South Lyon MI
11:30 a.m. – Adarsh Pandit, Joe Zylka, Moussa Nasser
12:00 p.m. – Kathryn Farrell, Glenn Bar, Sam Vertin
12:30 p.m. – David Callahan, Chris Sample, Kevin Carlson
1:00 p.m. – David Callahan, Chris Sample
1:30 p.m. – Bethann Gyorke, Caitlin Flora
2:00 p.m. – Jeff Murray, Eric Eisen
2:30 p.m. – The Juniper Group (June Kirchgatter), Saloni Janveja
3:00 p.m. – Greg Angel, Bill Keith
3:30 p.m. – John Drauss, Shan Niroola
4:00 p.m. – Rob Miller, Kevin Nothnagel
4:30 p.m. – Rob Miller, Scott Herrold
5:00 p.m. – Rob Miller, Ken Martinek
5:30 p.m. – Rob Miller, Bradd Rigoni
6:00 p.m. – Eliot Bongiovanni, Brook Eddy
6:30 p.m. – Jeff Cassin, Brian Brearey
7:00 p.m. – Steve Johnston, Ryan Tomaszycki
7:30 p.m. – Kara McGuire, Scott Decker
8:00 p.m. – Scott Eddy, Denny Kapp
The Canton Chamber of Commerce will host their annual golf outing on Friday May 21, at Pheasant Run Golf Club in Canton. The outing will include a Golf Ball Drop to raise money for the Educational Excellence Foundation. Chamber President, Thomas Paden, talks with the Executive Director of EEF, Gretchen Ward, about the outing and the foundation’s work for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.
The show will air on Monday May 3, at 5:40 p.m.
Voters in the Plymouth-Canton Community passed a 275-million dollar bond proposal in March of 2020. The proposal included improvements addressing equity of facilities, enhancements to safety and security throughout the school district, furniture and playground upgrades, school bus purchases, and infrastructure and technology needs at most facilities. Two of the keys for the bond proposal were equity and safety. Superintendent of Schools, Monica Merritt invited Chief Finance and Operations Officer, Debbie Piesz, and Director of Operations, Tim Gruszczynski, to discuss the progress on the upgrades.
This show will air on 88.1 the Park on April 20, 27, May 4, and 11 at 5:40 p.m.
Congratulations to Plymouth Junior, Emma Johnson, and Salem Junior, Evie Cadotte. Emma and Evie were chosen to fill the positions of Program Director and Operations Manager for the 2020-2021 school year.
Emma has been a great leader as 88.1 the Park’s News Director. Her work coordinating the station’s SJ5K programming has been an important part of the coverage this year. 88.1 the Park Station Manager, Bill Keith, said “We’re impressed by Emma’s commitment to the station and staff, and her dedication to making 88.1 better. Her leadership among our Directors will help each of them be more successful next year.”
Evie has done a great job as 88.1’s Co-Sports Director, as evidenced by her award winning work on Women’s Sports Report. Her leadership led the station to broadcast Volleyball for the first time in many years. Keith said, “Evie saw an opportunity to enhance our live sports broadcasts through the addition of volleyball to the schedule, and her knowledge of the game made our broadcasts stand out. She’s worked tirelessly to make sure P-CEP’s women’s sports teams were spotlighted on the station.”
Evie and Emma will fill positions currently held by Program Director Ashley Temple and Operations Manager Alyssa Andrews.
The latest issue of the 88.1 the Park Newsletter features and interview with WSDP Alum Brian Stackpoole, at 1994 Plymouth-Salem graduate. We also spotlight 88.1 the Park’s partnership with the Park Players Theatre Company. The COVID-19 restrictions for live theatre productions caused the Park Players produce live radio dramas that have been heard on 88.1 the Park.
88.1 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.