88.1 the Park to Unveil Vinyl Recall Exhibit
To mark 45 years of broadcasting excellence at 88.1 The Park, WSDP presents “Vinyl Recall,” an exhibit of iconic albums that have influenced the station’s sound and its student-staff since 1972.
The exhibit, sponsored by Pat Milliken Ford in Redford, will be held at PARC-Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex on Church Street in Plymouth, Michigan. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be open October 24 through November 16 from 4-8 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The exhibit will also be open on Saturday, October 28; November 4; and November 11 from 3-5 pm.
“The exhibit is an opportunity to give back to the community that has supported the station for 45 years,” explained Bill Keith, WSDP station manager. “We reached out to station alums to help determine the most iconic 45 albums in the station’s history. These albums represent the music that has influenced the students who worked at the station, and by extension the music that shaped the Plymouth-Canton community,” Keith added.
The exhibit, which will be housed on the first floor of PARC, includes ten different sections, including The ‘80s, Hall of Famers, Girl Power, Heavy Rock, and more. “The exhibit actually includes 50 albums—there is a bonus section entitled ‘Detroit Natives,’” noted June Kirchgatter, a station alum and 1983 graduate of Plymouth Salem High School. Kirchgatter serves on the station’s advisory board and is currating the exhibit on behalf of the station. “The music scene in Detroit and Ann Arbor definitely shaped the sound of the station, so we added this section to round out the exhibit,” Kirchgatter noted.
There is also an interactive timeline of the past 45 years including key milestones at the station, in the music industry, and current events. “There is a little bit here for everyone. We want the exhibit to bring back memories of people’s time in high school, while also giving people a taste of what the station is playing today,” said Keith.
The Observer and Eccentric Newspapers did a wonderful preview of the exhibit. Here is a link to the story.
88.1 the Park’s Community Focus spotlighted the exhibit during a recent show. Host Kaylie Seifert talked with June Kirchgatter about her work on the exhibit.