Michigan Philharmonic Koncert for Kids Broadcast on 88.1 the Park

The Michigan Philharmonic presented their Koncert for Kids, a special performance for all 4th grade students in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, last month. 88.1 the Park will air the concert live on Thursday June 14, at 6:00 p.m.

The concert provided a musical program designed to engage a younger audience and was the culmination of the two year CLASSical Music Outreach program provided by the Michigan Philharmonic for the Plymouth Canton Schools. Students learned about different instrument families, composers, the composition process, and conducting (including a “conduct along”!). The featured piece was Andre Myers’ work, Paddle to the Sea, based on the 4th grade curriculum’s literature and social studies book by H.C. Holling and commissioned by the orchestra in 2004 specifically for these performances. This year’s narrator for the performance was Elizabeth Mitchell from Main Street Opera in Plymouth. Content for the concert was arranged by Music Director and Conductor, Nan Washburn.

In addition to the concert, 88.1 the Park will air a short interview with Taylor Haring, a member of the orchestra’s marketing team. The interview was hosted by 88.1 the Park’s Program Director, Fiona Hughes.

“We love the opportunity to partner with a community gem like the Michigan Philharmonic. These performances are always magical and inspire kids to listen to classical music, sometimes for the first time,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.

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

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.

On the Beat – April 16, 2018

On the Beat spotlights the work of local police departments and officers.  We decided to focus this show on the award winning School Resource Officers at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.  88.1 the Park’s Public Affairs Director, Saba Mangla spoke with Officer Melissa Andes, Officer Andrew Colthurst, and Officer Ed Jagst.  They talked about their work on the P-CEP campus, school safety issues, and their camaraderie.


Staff Member of the Month – March 2018

Congratulations to Saba Mangla, Plymouth Senior, and Aimee Choi, Plymouth Sophomore, for their selection as 88.1 the Park’s March Staff Member of the Month.

Saba serves the station as Public Affairs Director.  You can also hear her on the air on Monday from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.  This year she created a new program, On the Beat, that gives the station’s listeners a chance to ask questions of local law enforcement officers.

“We are so lucky to have Saba on our staff.  She has done an amazing job as Public Affairs and News Director.  But she also goes out of her way to encourage other staff members and her presence makes 88.1 a great place to work,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.

Aimee is on the air Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  She also serves on the station’s music staff and has created some of the station’s best Backstage Pass programs.

“Aimee has worked so hard on her show and it shows.  She gets better each week and is creating a wonderful show to listen to.  She is also a very talented news writer and she sets a great example for all of our staff members,” said Keith.

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

Moments with Merritt – April 2018

The SJ5K is a charity run/walk that raises funds for families in the Plymouth-Canton Community that are facing a medical crisis.  The race was started in 2011 to raise funds for Plymouth-Canton Educational Park student Jesse Lindlbauer.  Jesse had suffered a near-fatal aneurysm.  1800 people participated in the first run and raised over $45,000 for the family.  Since then the race has raised over $360,000 for 26 families.  Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Superintendent, Monica Merritt,  spoke with Salem Senior Katherine Parker, Head of Family Outreach, and Canton Senior Arianna Mattioli, Head of Promotions, about the race and opportunities for people to be involved.

The show will air on Tuesday April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1, at 5:45 p.m.


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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