88.1 the Park Thanks for Giving Pledge Drive
88.1 The Park listeners, alumni and friends will have a chance to show their support for student radio that is focused on Plymouth and Canton during the 88.1 the Park Thanks for Giving Pledge Drive. The pledge drive will be on the air November 7-12.
“We love providing our listeners with Plymouth and Canton’s Hit Music,” said Amanda Barberena, Program Director. “But the station offers so much more by providing local news, high school sports, broadcasts from local events, and announcements about local non profits. We are proud to be Plymouth and Canton’s radio station.”
The station is committed to providing radio powered by students. 88.1 The Park is focused on investing in the lives of young people through broadcast and business training, providing students with a place to connect on a large campus, and by giving students a chance to serve their community.
“If it is preparing somebody for a life’s work, they’re doing it at WSDP, and I’m a living example of it. Scores of people graduated from WSDP and used that as a launching pad for life,” said Dave Snyder, 1982 Plymouth Canton graduate and Anchor for WCJB TV in Gainesville Florida.
During the six-day pledge drive listeners will be encouraged to make a pledge of financial support for 88.1 The Park. In addition to pledges, credit card donations can be made through 88.1’s website (www.881ThePark.com). Look for the DONATE NOW link on the right side of the page. Donors can choose WSDP when they are asked to select a fund. Friends of the station can also donate using the station’s mobile app, which is available for iPhones and Androids.
Throughout the week the station will have special guests stopping in to help the students with the pledge drive. Those guests will include station alums, friends from area non-profit groups, teachers, and listeners.
This year’s pledge drive takes place during a national election. The 88.1 the Park news staff will provide special election coverage on Tuesday November 8, from 8:00 to Midnight. In addition to the Presidential election results, 88.1 staff members will also provide updates on the school board elections, Wayne County School Enhancement Millage, legislative races, and Canton and Plymouth elections.
The station will also air a special episode of The Scene on Thursday November 10, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The monthly local music show spotlights bands from Plymouth-Canton Educational Park. The Scene is produced in cooperation with the In the Band Music Appreciation Studio at the Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex.
“We’re asking people to invest in 88.1 but in reality their gifts directly touch the community through programming focused on Plymouth and Canton and the impact on student’s lives,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.
The station’s success at serving the community has been noticed. For the third year in-a-row the station was a finalist for the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Award for Non Commercial Station of the Year. The recognition placed the station among the best professional and college stations in the country. The station’s entry focused on the staff’s commitment to serving Plymouth and Canton.