88.1 the Park Thanks for Giving Pledge Drive – November 6-11
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 from November 6-11, 2023.
“We love providing our listeners with Plymouth and Canton’s Hit Music,” said Anuya Shetty, 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 88.1 The Park 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.
Donor Levels and Pledge Incentives
$50 – 88.1 the Park Lunch Bag
$75 – 88.1 the Park T-Shirt – with the new Kindness design
$125 – 88.1 the Park Sweatshirt with the new Kindness design
$365 – Host Your Own Radio Show
$1,000 – Plaque recognizing your donation outside our studio and all the above donor items.
One of the highlights of the Thanks for Giving Pledge Drive is the special guests that stop by the station to work with the student staff. The station is thankful for the many community supporters, alums and teachers that support the pledge drive each year by serving as a guest.
Guests November 6-11
Noon – 2:15 p.m. – Paul Sincock, Plymouth City Manager and 88.1 the Park Alum
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Shauna Anderson, Plymouth District Library Director
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Jill Engel, JBE Advantage and longtime 88.1 Supporter
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – John Bommarito, WEMU Digital Operations Specialist and former 88.1 the Park Assistant Manager
Noon – 2:15 p.m. – David Reed-Nordwall, Canton High School Principal
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Kevin Ryan, Canton Township Community Program Director
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Dr. Monica Merritt, P-CCS Superintendent of Schools
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Eva Davis, Canton Public Library Director
Noon – 2:15 p.m. – Mady Bajorek, 88.1 the Park Alum
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Sam Plymale, Plymouth Downtown Development Authority Director
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Kurt Heise, Plymouth Township Supervisor
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Kurt Runchey, Former Administrative Assistant at Salem High School
Noon – 2:15 p.m. – Ellen Elliott, Friends of the Penn Executive Director
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. –
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Anne Marie Graham- Hudak, Canton Township Supervisor
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Nick Brandon, P-CCS Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Noon – 2:15 p.m. – David Hammond, Canton Community Foundation Vice Chair
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Tansley Stearns, Community Financial Credit Union, President and CEO
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – June Kirchgatter, The Juniper Group and 88.1 the Park Alum
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. –
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Mady Bajorek, 88.1 the Park Alum
10:00 a.m. to Noon – Hannah Thoms, 88.1 the Park Alum
Noon – 2:00 p.m. – Daniel Schoenherr, 88.1 the Park Alum
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Ariel Ooms, 88.1 the Park Alum
“We’re asking people to invest in 88.1, but in reality their gifts support the community through programming focused on Plymouth and Canton and the impact on student’s lives,” said Avneet Pandher, Operations Manager.
The station’s success at serving the community has been noticed. For the sixth year in-a-row the station was the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation High School Station of the Year. The student staff received 16 of the 28 individual awards presented.
88.1The Park is owned and operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. The station has been on the air since February 14, 1972 with a mission to use local radio to invest in the lives of young people and serve the Plymouth-Canton Community.