Dr. Andrew Melin WSDP Distinguished Alumni Award – 2023 Recipients
88.1 the Park honored three deserving alums when the station presented the Dr. Andrew Melin WSDP Distinguished Alumni Award on Tuesday May 30, at 7:00 p.m. at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center in Plymouth. The honor was presented at the station’s annual banquet.
This year’s honorees are Kara McGuire, Plymouth-Canton ’94, Chris Sample, Plymouth-Canton ’96, and Becky Lobenherz, Plymouth-Salem ’02.
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.
Kara Fiegenschuh McGuire worked at WSDP throughout high school and has experience in most areas of the station’s operation including news, Community Focus and hosting a radio show. Kara was also a director at the station. She graduated from Macalester College, where she continued her radio journey as host, Program Director and General Manager. After college, she was a producer on local and national public radio programs for Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media including Marketplace Money. From there, she moved to print journalism as a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune writing about personal finance. She has also authored books on personal finance for kids and teens. She shifted gears and is now the Managing Vice President of Sales Practice for Gartner, a research and advisory firm that equips business leaders with insights, advice and tools to solve their biggest challenges. Kara lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her three kids, husband and two dogs.
Chris Sample and his wife Kelly Honecker met at WSDP and co-hosted one of the station’s most popular specialty music shows, Open Up and Say Ska. His biggest accomplishment during that time was bringing the music – literally – to the Plymouth Canton community. This was back in the mid-90’s, with the 3rd wave of Ska leading to a huge resurgence of interest in the genre. He helped bring bands to the WSDP Dance and into the studio for live performances. He joined the staff as a Junior and participated in News, did some football play-by-play, and supported fundraising and promotions. He also hosted a short talk show called What’s Up With That. Chris went to college at Michigan State – with a brief detour to study engineering at Wisconsin – and graduated with a degree in Telecommunications, Film & TV Production. He had hoped to work in film and had some opportunities in the industry, including working on some major films like Pirates of the Caribbean. He transitioned back to business full time and in 2018 he joined Jacobs Engineering as the Director of Category Management, and is now Jacobs’ Global Procurement Lead. Chris is also a member of the 88.1 the Park Alumni Advisory Board and leads the board’s Fundraising Subcommittee.
Becky Lobenherz was involved at the station for all four years of high school. For her senior show she co-hosted an all Spanish Language show. As a Senior she was WSDP’s News Director and she learned quite a bit about motivating other people. Following high school Becky went on to study political science at the University of Michigan and law at Harvard Law School. After law school, she settled in Washington, D.C., where she worked at law firms specializing in consumer financial services regulatory law. Currently, Becky is a Deputy General Counsel at Fannie Mae. When not working, Becky enjoys gardening, visiting escape rooms, and raking in money at the poker table. She still uses her past as a DJ for 88-1 as a fun story when she wants to sound cool at parties.
Community Focus – May 24, 2023
In an effort to encourage young women to consider a career in the auto industry, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools will begin offering an automotive class geared toward female students when the new school year starts in the fall. 88.1 the Park’s Bailey Wixon spoke with Career and Technical Education Automotive Instructor and Teacher Leader, Gerald Lickey, about the class and opportunities for women in the auto industry.
Community Financial Credit Union presents The 88.1 the Park Auction – Saturday May 20
BID # 734-582-6854
Auction Items 2023 Half Hour Boards
Auction Items 2023 Dream Board
Community Financial Credit Union will present the 88.1 the Park Auction on Saturday May 20, from 9am to 9pm. Every half-hour you can bid on great items donated by local businesses including restaurant gift cards, sports memorabilia, golf outings and much more.
We’ll also have a Dream Board of special items available for bidding all day long.
Local businesses and residents still have time to support the student radio station by donating items. Businesses that donate can benefit from the exposure they will receive on 88.1 The Park. Most importantly, they will be helping a program that has impacted the lives of students and served the Plymouth-Canton community for 51 years. You can get more information by contacting Station Manager Bill Keith at 734-416-7732.
Help us make a difference in the Plymouth-Canton Community through your bids. Mark your calendar for Saturday May 20, and make plans to listen and bid during the 88-1 The Park Auction.
This year’s auction is brought to you by Community Financial Credit Union.
88.1 the Park’s generous alums are matching each half hour of the auction. We appreciate their generous support which is allowing us to quadruple nearly every half hour of the auction.
9:00 a.m. John Drauss, Joe Koenig, Brook Eddy
9:30 a.m. Monisha Blair, The Juniper Group (June Kirchgatter), Bhakti Chai
10:00 a.m. Jeff Murray, Jim Heller, Dennis Hartford
10:30 a.m. Bethann Krumm, Andy Melin, Dennis Hartford
11:00 a.m. Mel Gutherie, Jon Keller, Kitty Underwood
11:30 a.m. Mel Gutherie, Bill Collins, Melissa Horste
12:00 Noon Rodney Harris, Bill Gutherie, Alex Aresco
12:30 p.m. Jessica Dumas, Bradd Rigoni, Beth Eckerty
1:00 p.m. Mary Jenkins, Bradd Rigoni, Patty Williamson
1:30 p.m. Kara McGuire, Steve Johnston, Woodruff Family
2:00 p.m. Steve Simpson, Jacquelyn Bodine, Jessica Read
2:30 p.m. Jeff Cassin, Erin Bodine, Third Monk Brewing Company (South Lyon)
3:00 p.m. Kevin Nothnagel, Becky Lobenherz, Rob Miller
3:30 p.m. Kathryn Farrell, Greg Angel, Rob Milford
4:00 p.m. Joe Zylka, Bill Smola, Scott Eddy
4:30 p.m. David Callahan, Saloni Janveja, Mel Gutherie
5:00 p.m. David Callahan, Stacy Thomson, Mel Gutherie
5:30 p.m. Chris Sample and Kelly Honecker, Tim McGuire, Kevin Carlson
6:00 p.m. Chris Sample and Kelly Honecker, Ryan Tomaszycki, Adzima Family
6:30 p.m. Annie Wellman, Badger, Suzanne DeVenny
7:00 p.m. Scott Shay –Berkshire Hathaway, Skye Monahan, Jake Burnstein
7:30 p.m. Eric Eisen, Lisa Preddy
8:00 p.m. Denny Kapp, Caitlin Flora
Community Focus – May 17, 2023
The Class of 23 at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools will celebrate their Prom on June 1, at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. 88.1 the Park’s Jayden Jones, spoke with Plymouth High School Class of 23 Advisor, Nichole Voss, about the prom and the work that goes into the event.
Community Focus – May 10, 2023
Plymouth-Canton Educational Park student group, HOSA, recently had success in state competitions. 88.1 the Park’s, Lola Makanjuola recently spoke with club members, Naveen Grewal, Jinal Gotadke, Ashriya Sunkara, and Anika Baldawa about HOSA and their work to highlight the impact of ALS disease.