Moments with Merritt – January 2024

Liberty Middle School 8th grade English teacher, Hawanya Urquhart, is an example of our wonderful staff.  This past Fall, Hawanya was named Michigan Middle School English Teacher of the Year for 2023 for her continued commitment to student success and excellence.  The Michigan Council of Teachers of English award recognizes Hawanya’s dedication to student success and fostering a nurturing and effective learning environment.

For this edition of Moments with Merritt, P-CCS Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Monica Merritt, welcomed Ms. Urquhart and one of her former students, Plymouth High School Freshman, MaKenzie Dunham.

This interview will air on 88.1 the Park on Tuesday January 23, 30, February 6, 13, at 5:40 p.m.

Moments with Merritt Hawanya Urqhart January 2024 with theme music


88.1 the Park Record, CD and Music Memorabilia Show – February 17, 2024

Thousands of vinyl records, CD’s, import only releases, t-shirts, posters, and other collectibles will be on display with the return of the 15th annual 88.1 Record Show on Saturday February 17, 2024.

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 last year’s show, which had a record attendance of over 700 people. Much of the success of the show can be tied to the resurgence of interest in vinyl records.

“The record show is an experience everyone can enjoy. It’s amazing seeing everyone come together to enjoy music and finding their favorite vinyl records and CDs while supporting 88.1 the Park.”

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88.1 the Park – Winter 2024 Auditions

You can join the staff of one of the best high school radio stations.  88.1 The Park is accepting applications for new staff members and they are due on Friday February 2, 2024.

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, as well as other fields. Staff members will develop business skills that will stick with them for a lifetime.

A list of students that receive auditions will be posted on Wednesday February 7, 2024.  Auditions will take place on Wednesday February 14, 2024.  All students receiving an audition will be sent a 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 interviewed.

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Moments with Merritt – December 2023

Vaibav Ramu, a senior at Plymouth High School, has achieved a rare and commendable feat.  Vaibav scored a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Microeconomics exam. This is a testament to his hard work, as Vaibav is among only 44 students globally to have scored a perfect score on this challenging exam.  Dr. Monica Merritt welcomed Vaibav and Canton High School Microeconomics Teacher, Jeffrey Richards for this edition of Moments with Merritt.

Moments with Merritt will air December 12, 19, January 9, 16 at 5:40 p.m.

Moments with Merritt Vaibav Ramu December 2023 with intro music

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 Thanks for Giving Pledge Drive – THANK YOU

We’re part of an amazing community in Canton and Plymouth and we can’t say thanks enough for your generosity in supporting our annual 88.1 the Park Thanks for Giving Pledge Drive.

Our community really came together to support 88.1 the Park.  We were able to raise over $17,500 through the gifts of listeners, alums and our student’s families.  Over 140 people gave throughout the week, with many of our donors giving for the first time.  Our listeners voiced their appreciation for our mix of Plymouth and Canton’s Hit Music, local news, high school sports and community based broadcasts. 

So. as we head into Thanksgiving we want to take this moment to thank YOU.

88.1 the Park Newsletter – Spreading the Airwaves – Issue 44

88.1 the Park’s latest newsletter includes information on the latest Dr. Andrew Melin WSDP Distinguished Alumni Award Winners, our upcoming 88.1 the Park Thanks for Giving Pledge Drive, and an upcoming field trip for the Great Lakes Broadcast and Sports Media Academy at Ford Field in Detroit. We also spotlight Salem ’09 alum, Jake Burnstein and share points of pride about our amazing alumni.

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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Helping the community through 88.1 The Park
Our Sponsors from the Plymouth-Canton area:
Advanced Orthodontics – Canton
Neehee’s Indian Vegetarian Street Food – Canton
JDog Junk Removal and Hauling
Plymouth Rotary
Community Financial Credit Union
Michigan Army National Guard
7-Eleven – Canton
Choice Insurance Agency – Westland