For more than 190 years, the strength of the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools has been the talented educators who have dedicated their lives to the education of the children who called P-CCS home.
88.1 The Park is proud to honor the work of these passionate professionals as we partner with the district’s Communications and Marketing Department to present a new interview series called ‘My P-CCS Life.’
The long-form interview program will feature in-depth conversations with educators – both legendary and loyal – whose contributions changed the face of the district and community they served. The programs will be hosted by a pair of district alumni: P-CCS Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Nick Brandon, and P-CCS Assistant Content and Station Manager John Kreger.
“P-CCS has been incredibly fortunate as a district to have so many outstanding educators as a part of both our history and our present,” Brandon said. “My P-CCS life will offer 88.1 The Park listeners a deeply personal look at what shaped the careers of these amazing individuals, shining a light on what drove their dedication to generations of students. I can’t wait to be a part of these conversations and share them with our district family.”
The series’ debut program on Friday, August 5, will feature a conversation with Dr. Jim Burt, whose 47-year career in the district saw him grow from the teaching ranks to become one of P-CCS’ most innovative and beloved building principals. That interview will be followed on Friday, September 2 by a discussion with Dr. Jim Ryan, whose popular tenure as P-CCS Superintendent of Schools is still regarded as a shining example of leadership, team-building, and compassionate service to education.
“Now more than ever, it’s important to recognize the work that P-CCS educators do to offer students the chance to learn, prepare, and thrive,” 88.1 the Park Station Manager Bill Keith said. All of us at the station are excited to use our airwaves to do just that with ‘My P-CCS Life.’”
Episodes of “My P-CCS life will air on the first Friday of every month. Following their air date, episodes will be available on the station’s website and the district’s official YouTube Channel.
88.1 the Park will honor three deserving alums when the station presents the Dr. Andrew Melin WSDP Distinguished Alumni Award on Wednesday June 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the VisTa Tech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. The honors will be presented at the station’s annual banquet.
This year’s honorees are Tim McGuire, Plymouth-Salem ’84, Brook Eddy, Plymouth-Canton ’92, and Denny Kapp, Catholic Central ’98.
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 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.
“Check. 1. 2. 1-2-3. Check check,” Tim McGuire is pretty sure that’s the first thing he ever said into a WSDP microphone. Like so many station alums, WSDP was his launching point into a lifetime of adventure behind a mic. To this day, variations of characters born on his WSDP show still surface during voice acting auditions. His on air career began in high school, and then he moved, thanks to a recommendation from fellow alum Todd Chatman, who had already landed a gig at KGBS in Greeley, Colorado. His rock n roll radio career went From Colorado, to various stations across the country, finally landing in Public Radio, at WFSU in Tallahassee, Florida. He’s been the Operations Manager for Public Radio Stations WFSU, WFSQ, and WFSW for almost 20 years, and is the Station Announcer for WFSU. He’s worked in the National Football League as the Stadium PA Announcer for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tim also spent a decade broadcast engineering for Florida State football and basketball, home and away radio broadcasts, with Hall of Fame Broadcaster Gene Deckerhoff. He wrapped up his DJ career, at the end of 2021, signing off for the last time at WGLF, Gulf 104. He also does freelance voice work from his home studio daily.
In a characteristically high-risk move, Brook Eddy traveled to India for three months to research a social movement based on universal family and volunteerism. The taste of authentic chai in India sparked an idea that led her in a completely new direction. Brook concocted a craft-brewed fresh ginger chai recipe and launched Bhakti Chai to be a mission driven company. Bhakti was founded with the desire to elevate the tea experience and on the principles of sustainability and supporting women and girls through her Gita Giving platform. Bhakti is now a multi-million dollar business and a leader in the beverage industry. Brook has been profiled in Inc. Magazine, Yoga Journal Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and was one of the five top finalists in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of The Year Contest—the most prestigious award bestowed upon entrepreneurs today. She has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado, Watson University, and Naropa University. Brook founded GITA (Give. Inspire. Take Action), a social change platform aimed to encourage others to join Bhakti in their work to support women and girls globally and highlight social entrepreneurs.
Denny Kapp graduated in 1998 but never really left WSDP, serving as a mentor to those that followed in his footsteps, as well as a regular contributor to the station’s annual fundraisers. The 41-year-old absorbed the opportunities and guidance provided to embark on a career that still sees him reporting for national networks and calling games as a play-by-play broadcaster. Denny has covered multiple NBA Finals, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals and Super Bowl XL for numerous networks including SiriusXM and Associated Press Radio where he was named Stringer of the Year in 2018. He also calls the basketball and baseball finals for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s state-wide radio network as well as college basketball games on ESPN Plus at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Thanks for supporting 88.1 the Park during our annual auction on Saturday May 21. Your support helped us raise over $25,000 The station was able to reach this level because of the generous support of our listeners, sponsors and alumni.
The auction was presented through the support of Title Sponsors, Community Financial Credit Union and Neehee’s Indian Vegetarian Street Food. Other sponsors included Choice Insurance Agency of Westland (Major Sponsor) and Beyond Borders Latin Street Food in Plymouth (Half-Hour Sponsor).
The funds raised will be used for equipment upgrades, educational opportunities for students, scholarships, and operational expenses.
“We are so lucky to be part of the Plymouth-Canton Community. Time and time again our listeners remind us how much they value 88.1 and the impact we’re able to make in the community,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.
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.
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 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.