Dr. Andrew Melin WSDP Distinguished Alumni Award – 2024 Recipients

88.1 the Park will honor three deserving alums when the station presents the Dr. Andrew Melin WSDP Distinguished Alumni Award on Wednesday June 5, at 7:00 p.m. at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center in Plymouth.  The honor will be presented at the station’s annual banquet.

This year’s honorees are Paul Trinka, Plymouth ’74, Lisa Preddy, Plymouth-Salem ’83, and Brian Stackpoole, Plymouth-Salem ’94.

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.

Paul Trinka joined WSDP as the station was getting ready to launch. He served as the station’s first Sports Director. From the first basketball game broadcast from the Salem gym to football for Salem and Canton High Schools, Paul enjoyed being on the air with a variety of color analysts.   He attended Schoolcraft College and then Michigan Technological University, earning a degree in forestry.

Paul launched a career in land surveying in Kalamazoo.  With surveying work slow, he applied for a firefighter’s position with the City of Sturgis in 1982.  Six years later he was promoted to Fire Chief, a rank he held for 12 years.  Paul was also the City Tax Assessor as well as the Director of Information Technology. In 2000 his family moved to Adrian, where he served as Fire Chief for another 16 years, and  ended up as the Information Technology Director until retirement in 2016. He taught at several southern Michigan community colleges in their fire science programs.  During his 28 years as a fire chief, Paul was able to serve beyond the community on various boards and commissions. He also led efforts for the Salvation Army’s recovery team at Ground Zero in New York City.  Paul and his wife Peggy now live in Vicksburg Michigan.  They enjoy spending time with their three children and their spouses, eight grandchildren, volunteer work, attending Adrian College Hockey games and their pontoon boat.  They love to travel and have worked on 10 mission trips in various parts of the world building churches as well as traveling for recreation.

Lisa Preddy is a 1983 graduate of Plymouth Salem High School where she was active at WSDP, serving as the Community Notes Director and co-Program Director, with Jim Heller, her senior year.  Lisa attended Michigan State University and graduated from the Honors College with with a degree in Communication.  She then received a JD from Washington University in St. Louis.  Lisa spent 27 years as a trial attorney with the Missouri State Public Defender System where she served as the District Defender of the Union trial office and trained lawyers throughout Missouri.  In 2011 Lisa was named MSPD’s Defender of Distinction.

She is a past president of the 20th Judicial Circuit Bar Association, a member of the Sentencing Advisory Commission’s Prosecutor and Public Defender Advisory Group, and a speaker and presenter at local bar association and civic meetings.  An article in the Missourian shared, “at a young age Lisa Preddy’s mother knew she would be a lawyer. While she was just 3 or 4 years old, during disagreements with her mother, Preddy would exclaim, ‘I have rights.’”

Brian Stackpoole joined the 88.1 staff as a Junior and served as Sports Director during his Senior year.  He is an esteemed educator, serving as the TV Production teacher at Grosse Pointe North High School. With a dedicated career spanning a quarter-century within the district, Brian is deeply committed to fostering creativity and skill development in his students. His passion for education extends beyond the classroom as he led the career and technical education program for Grosse Pointe Public Schools. Under his leadership the district has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state of Michigan to improve not only their TV production programs but business and culinary programs as well.  Brian is married to his wife, Michelle, and they have two boys Jack and Henry.  Brian‘s  role as an educator, innovator, and family man exemplifies his unwavering dedication to both his profession and his loved ones.


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
2021 – Paul Sincock, Plymouth-Salem ’75, Todd Chatman, Plymouth-Salem ’83, and Greg Angel, Salem ‘03
2022 – Tim McGuire, Plymouth-Salem ’84, Brook Eddy, Plymouth-Canton ’92, Denny Kapp, Catholic Central ’98
2023 – Kara McGuire, Plymouth-Canton ’94, Chris Sample, Plymouth-Canton ’96, and Becky Lobenherz, Plymouth Salem ’02

Moments with Merritt – May/June 2024

As we wrap up another school year, P-CCS is already planning for next year.  An important part of our planning will take place as we welcome our youngest learners and their families to the district.  Key P-C-C-S staff members are making plans for Pre-School, Young Fives, and Kindergarten registration, along with open registration for all grade levels.  Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Monica L. Merritt spoked with a couple key educators in the preparation for our youngest learners including Executive Director of Elementary Education, Dr. Denise Lilly, and Dodson Elementary Kindergarten Teacher, Joanna Perry.

This edition of Moments with Merritt will air on Tuesday May 21, 28, and June 4, at 5:40 p.m.

Moments with Merritt Kindergarten May 2024 final mixdown with music


88.1 the Park Amplification Capital Campaign

After more than 50 years of operating in essentially the same space, 88.1 the Park is in need of significant upgrades. On May 10th, 2024, we launched the Amplification Capital Campaign to raise funds to convert a classroom into a series of editing, recording, and interview studios, a staff room, and storage space. The $517,000 estimate for the capital campaign includes architecture fees, construction costs, HVAC considerations, sound attenuation measures, enhanced lighting, security considerations, ADA accessibility, video capabilities, and significant equipment purchases and upgrades resulting in four additional studios.

These upgrades will allow for significantly more student participation and more than double our current studio space, allowing for more on-air content, recorded news/programming, and edited news podcasts. These upgrades will put the broadcasting environment at 88.1 the Park on par with professional studio space—helping to maintain our award-winning broadcasting quality, while creating a more professional experience for students and studio guests.

In recognition of the Rotary Club of Plymouth’s centennial (the Club was founded in 1924), the Club’s Foundation has granted $200,000 to the capital campaign. This is a last-in grant: we must raise $200,000 first in order to receive the grant. Our fundraising horizon is December 31, 2026, but we hope to have the money raised by the end of 2025.

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88.1 the Park Honored at Michigan Student Broadcast Awards

For the staff at P-CCS’ student-run radio station 88.1 the Park, serving the Plymouth-Canton community while they learn broadcasting skills is more than an after school activity, it’s the chance to serve as the stewards of a community resource with a half-century old tradition of broadcast excellence. 

That tradition was recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters again this year, when it named 88.1 Michigan’s High School Station of the Year at its Student Broadcast Awards celebration on March 18. 

This year’s honor is the seventh straight year (13th overall) that 88.1 has been named Michigan’s top high school radio station. It also represents the tenth consecutive year that the station has been named either a finalist for the National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi awards, or the MAB High School Station of the Year

88.1’s students dominated this year’s Student Broadcast Awards. P-CEP students received 21 of the 45 total awards presented in the high school radio category, including six first place awards out of 15 categories. The station also swept two categories, taking all three places in both live sports coverage and a category highlighting anti-vaping public service announcements. The competition is judged by radio industry professionals from commercial stations and radio networks around the state. This year’s competition was the most competitive in recent years, with numerous high school stations from around Michigan challenging 88.1 for top honors.

“Our success starts with the great work our students produce. We’re thrilled to see them recognized by the MAB again this year,” 88.1 the Park Station Manager Bill Keith said. “The pride they take in their work, and in serving our community deserves to be celebrated, and it’s tremendously gratifying to see that the professional journalists who judge this competition believed as we do that our students produce excellent work. 

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88.1 the Park Shines in John Drury High School Radio Awards

88.1 the Park students showed their winning ways this fall in the John Drury High School Radio Awards.  The national competition is hosted by WONC at North Central College in Naperville Illinois.

88.1 the Park received a first place award for Best Use of Social Media, recognizing the station’s Facebook page.  The award recognized the work of 88.1 the Park’s Social Media Director and Salem Senior, Alia Mulbagal.  Plymouth Junior, Nathaniel Behrens, received a second place award for Best Sportscast.


The following students were finalists.
Best DJ – Hannah Thoms, 2023 Plymouth Graduate
Best Newscast – Anuya Shetty, Canton Senior and Avneet Panher, Salem Senior
Best Sports Play-by-Play – Andy McLaren, Plymouth Senior and Brody Klein, Plymouth Senior

The awards were presented in November at North Central College.

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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Advanced Orthodontics – Canton
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Plymouth Rotary
Community Financial Credit Union
Michigan Army National Guard
7-Eleven – Canton
Choice Insurance Agency – Westland