Moments with Merritt – October 2019

The Plymouth-Canton Community Schools is committed to providing a safe learning environment for students and staff in the district.  Superintendent of Schools, Monica Merritt, recently spoke with the district’s new Chief Academic Officer, Beth Rayl, and the Director of School Safety and Security, John Walker.  They talked about enhancing learning for all students, professional development for staff, and the importance of safety protocols.

This edition of Moments with Merritt will air on Tuesday October 15, 22 and 29, at 5:40 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 8th Annual Euchre Tournament on Saturday November 2, 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 47 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 October 28, 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.

The tournament has added 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 – June/July 2019

The Plymouth-Canton Community Schools recently celebrated graduations for the Class of 2019 seniors from Canton, Plymouth, Salem and Starkweather Academy. Their hard work, dedication, and support from their families, has led them to this great milestone in their lives. Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Superintendent, Monica Merritt, recently spoke with three of the students including Canton graduates Fiona Hughes and B. Artis White and Salem graduate Kaia Thomas.  They talked about their experiences in the district, graduation and future plans.

This edition of Moments with Merritt will air on Tuesday June 25, July 2, 9, 16, and 23, at 5:40 p.m.


88.1 the Park Distinguished Alumni Award – 2019

88.1 the Park will honor three deserving alums when the station presents the Dr. Andrew Melin WSDP Distinguished Alumni Award on Friday June 7, at 7:00 p.m. at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center in Plymouth.  The honors will be presented at the station’s annual banquet.

The award was created in the Spring of 2017 in honor of former WSDP Station Manager, Andrew Melin.  The purpose of the award is to recognize WSDP Alums that have used their experience at the station, and Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, to further the mission of WSDP by achieving success in their chosen career field; investing in the lives of young people; or supporting their local community. It is the hope of the station’s management that the honorees will serve as role models for future students at 88.1 and P-CEP.  The first recipient was June Kirchgatter, Plymouth-Salem ’83.  The 2018 honorees include Rob Milford, Plymouth ’73, and Glenn Bar, Plymouth-Canton ’82.

This year’s honorees are Mike Schulte, Plymouth-Salem ’78, Scott Herrold Plymouth-Salem ’98, and Jake Bugeja, Starkweather ’02.

Right out of high school, Mike Schulte started work at Channel 2 in Detroit, where he filled in for the regular technicians as they went on vacation.  The job at WJBK included operating cameras and running the audio board as well as the videotape machines and doing field audio covering news stories.  He learned from the co-workers who had put the first TV stations on the air some thirty years earlier.  He came back to WSDP in 1979, while continuing his work at channel 2 and attending Michigan State University.  He was hired full time at Channel 2 in 1982, just before he completed his degree at MSU.  During this time at WSDP Mike installed the first stereo control rooms and later helped to create a news room and third control room before departing WSDP in the early 90’s.  In 1994 Mike shifted to full time engineering maintenance at Channel 2.  Gradually he took on larger projects culminating in the design and installation of Channel 2’s digital HD infrastructure.  WSDP again called around 2011 when Mike became one of the first members of the advisory board and served there for several year.

Scott Herrold is the Program Director & Morning Show Host for SOS Radio (a network of 35+ radio stations).  He was named one of “Radio’s Best Program Directors” by Radio Ink.  Edison Media Research also listed Scott as one of “Radio’s 30 Under 30 Shining Stars” two different times.  In addition, Scott has had the #1 morning radio show in  Las Vegas according to Nielsen.  Scott is a dynamic personality who’s always looking to challenge the creative.  He’s worked with 96.3 WDVD/ Detroit, 93.1 DRQ/Detroit, 106.9 K-Hits/Tulsa, 102.5 WIOG/Saginaw, 100.3 The Kross/Tulsa, SOS Radio/Las Vegas &  Scott is also a Cum Laude graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s business school.  He is also a former member of WSDP’s Advisory Board.

Named one of Radio’s Rising Stars by Radio Ink Magazine and one of broadcasting’s 30 Under 30 in America by Edison Media Research, Jake Bugeja is the Program Director and Afternoon Host at Mix 94.9 in Cincinnati.  At age 18, he was hired as afternoon drive host at WTWR in Monroe/Toledo, Ohio.   He has a diverse media background including stops at MTV Networks in New York City and radio stations in Detroit, Cincinnati and Cayman Islands. He has worked as a program director, on-air personality, video editor, imaging director, emcee, and voiceover artist.  He helped develop the first MTV podcasts, hosted a nationwide afternoon show on XM Satellite Radio, and has been the voice of multiple radio stations & syndicated radio specials.  Jake volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors and is a Past President at the Music Resource Center in Cincinnati, where he helped start a low power FM station for teenagers, 95.7 MRC.  He also serves on the WSDP Advisory Board, where he assists the station with music programming. When he’s not on the radio, he serves as emcee for the Cincinnati Cyclones professional hockey team.

Dr. Andrew Melin is now the Chief Innovation Officer for the Indiana Department of Education.  He has served as Superintendent for school districts in Indiana.  He served as Station Manager of WSDP from 1982 – 1987.

88.1 the Park is owned and operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.  The station has been serving the Plymouth-Canton Community since February 14, 1972.

Spreading the Airwaves – 88.1 the Park Newsletter Issue 39

The latest issue of the 88.1 the Park Newsletter features and interview with WSDP Alum Eric Eisen.  Eric is a member of WSDP’s founding staff.  He lives in Florida where he manages real estate.  We also preview the upcoming 88.1 the Park Auction and celebrate the success of our current staff.

Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation High School Station of the Year

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation presented 88.1 the Park with the 2019 High School Station of the Year Award.  The MABF also honored 15 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 6, 2019 in Lansing.

P-CEP students received 18 of the 29 awards presented in the high school radio category, including nine first place awards in the 10 categories.  88.1 has received the Station of the Year Award eight times since 2001.

“This is an amazing group of students and they stepped up to create some of their best work yet,” 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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