WSDP will celebrate 50 years of impacting the lives of students and serving the community at the station’s 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion on Saturday Oct. 1, 1t 6:30 p.m. at Schoolcraft College’s Vista Tech Center.
The evening will include dinner, a program celebrating the station, and a chance to reconnect with friends from high school. We’ve celebrated past reunions for the station’s 25th, 30th, 40th and 45th anniversary.
If you know other WSDP Alums please let them know about the event.
Tickets are $50, but the ticket price will increase to $60 on 2February 15, 2022. You can purchase your tickets HERE.
88.1 the Park is accepting applications for staff positions. The applications are open to all current P-CEP students.
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.
The station will host an introductory meeting for students planning to audition on Thursday January 20, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will provide an overview of the audition process and expectations for new staff members.
Meeting ID: 839 0421 9364
A list of students that receive auditions will be posted on Wednesday February 2. Auditions will take place on Wednesday February 9. All students receiving an audition will be sent a Zoom link and schedule of audition times. Students auditioning will be emailed a packet to prepare a newscast. They will read the newscast at the audition and will be involved in a short job interview.
Thousands of vinyl records, CD’s, import only releases, t-shirts, posters, and other collectibles will be on display with the return of the 13th annual 88.1 Record Show on Saturday February 19, 2022.
The show will run from 10am to 4pm at the Salem High School Cafeteria, and proceeds will benefit the nationally-recognized student radio station operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.
The show will feature special giveaways and door prizes in addition to a wide variety of vendors. 88.1 the Park expects to build on the success of the 2020 show, which had over 400 people attending. Much of the success of the show can be tied to the resurgence of interest in vinyl records.
“We’ve worked hard to create a record show that’s perfect for the longtime collector and for those that are new to vinyl. It’s amazing to see so many music fans, from all generations, together in one place,” said Emma Johnston, Program Director for 88.1 the Park.
Admission to the 881 the Park record show, during normal show hours, is $3. Collectors looking to get an early start to their shopping can gain early admission between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. for $5. Students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools will receive free admission with a student ID.
All of the proceeds will benefit 88.1 The Park, and will help the station to continue serving the community with unique programming and broadcast training for students. The record show is one of the station’s main fundraisers each year.
88.1 the Park is pleased bring back K-Poppin’ on Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The new version of the show is hosted by Auya Shetty and Avneet Pandher and spotlights the ever expanding world of K-Pop music. Anuya and Avneet have been fans of the music for years and listened to the original version of K-Poppin’ that was hosted by 2020 Plymouth graduate Aimee Choi. They’ll spotlight music from artists like BTS, Blackpink and Monsta X.
“We’re so excited to bring back K-Poppin’ for our listeners,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager. “It was always one of our most popular shows and Anuya and Avneet are so passionate about the music and creating a great show.”
The Plymouth-Canton Community Schools is facing challenges finding new employees for positions throughout the district. This isn’t a unique problem for P-C-C-S, as schools across the country are dealing with staffing shortages. Superintendent of Schools, Monica Merritt, talks with Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations, Dr. Liz Vartanian-Gibbs, about the opportunities with the district and what makes Plymouth-Canton Community Schools a great place to work.
This episode will air on 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16 at 5:40 p.m.
The latest issue of the 88.1 the Park Newsletter features an interview with WSDP Alum Kitty Underwood Childers, a 1979 Plymouth-Salem graduate. We also spotlight WSDP’s latest Dr. Andrew Melin Distinguished Alumni Award winners Paul Sincock, Todd Chatman and Greg Angel. Finally, 88.1 the Park will celebrate 50 years of serving the community in 2022. Several special events are being planned including an Alumni Reunion for Oct. 1, 2022.
88.1 the Park honored three deserving alums when the station presents the Dr. Andrew Melin WSDP Distinguished Alumni Award on Tuesday June 29, at 7:00 p.m. at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center in Plymouth. The honors were presented at the station’s annual banquet.
This year’s honorees are Paul Sincock, Plymouth-Salem ’75, Todd Chatman, Plymouth-Salem ’83, and Greg Angel, Salem ’03.
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.
Paul Sincock is a lifelong resident of the City of Plymouth and was a part of the WSDP staff in the “early years” of the radio station from 1973 – 1975. Paul is the City Manager for Plymouth and has served in this role for over 21 years. He is also a regular presenter on Customer Service issues in the United States and Canada. Paul is the long-time public-address announcer for the Salem Football Team. He is also the public address announcer for the Michigan High School Athletic Association State Hockey Finals at USA Arena in Plymouth and has served as a public address announcer for the Salem and Canton Hockey Teams. Paul is a member of the Rotary Club of Plymouth. He has served in many leadership positions in Plymouth Rotary, including Club President and Rotary District Governor. Paul’s passion in Rotary is the Youth Exchange program for high school students. Paul and his wife Traci, a member of the Northville Rotary Club, have hosted numerous exchange students from all parts of the world.
Todd Chatman became fascinated with radio during a school tour of KOA Radio in Denver. His family relocated to Plymouth, which led to an opportunity to join the staff of WSDP. He attended Eastern Michigan University his freshman year of college, where he worked in the news department at WEMU. He stepped away from college for his first job in commercial radio as a mid-day jock at KGBS, a Top 40 station in Greely, Colorado. After being let go, he returned to college at Olivet Nazarene University. From 1987 – 2006, the nomadic life of climbing the radio ladder ensued. Along the way he served in various positions from on-air, to Program Director, to Director of Marketing, Director of Operations for the Detroit Lions Radio Network, and eventually General Manager over a couple different radio stations. He jumped out of radio and into the music business in Nashville, and then worked in national radio production and syndication producing 3 weekly shows. Todd joined Food for the Poor in 2011 as Director of Radio Marketing. In 2018 he joined Dunham+Company, a Dallas-based marketing agency that specializes in helping non-profits advance their mission by raising money. His work with various charities has also allowed him to travel all over the world and most of the United States. Todd and his wife Kristen have 5 grown children, 3 grandchildren, and a dog. They live in West Michigan.
Greg Angel is an award winning Political Reporter for Spectrum News 13 in Orlando, Florida. It’s been a more than 14 year career in broadcast journalism, born through youthful dreams and hands on opportunities presented at WSDP. 88.1provided the first opportunity to learn to ask questions, connect with community leaders, explore the contexts of the world, and dig into stories that become news. With a focus on telling engaging stories, Greg has covered some of the biggest stories in recent history. He was in Orlando in the hours, days, and weeks following the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, sharing the stories of the people of Orlando and their resilience in the light of tragedy. He also covered the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February 2018. Greg has also covered multiple elections in his career, including races for Florida Governor and every presidential election since 2008. In his more than decade-long career, Greg has received multiple awards for his work, including being named Florida Associated Press Broadcasters’ 2019 Reporter of the Year. Greg is a graduate of Central Michigan University and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He has worked in newsrooms in Traverse City, Tallahassee, and West Palm Beach, before moving to Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Andrew Melin is the Executive Director of the Central Indiana Educational Service Center. 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.
2017 – June Kirchgatter, Plymouth-Salem ’83
2018 – Rob Milford, Plymouth ’73, and Glenn Bar, Plymouth-Canton ’82
2019 – Mike Schulte, Plymouth-Salem ’78, Scott Herrold Plymouth-Salem ’98, and Jake Bugeja, Starkweather ’02
2020 – David Snyder, Plymouth-Salem ’82 and Patty Williamson, Plymouth Salem ’88
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.