88.1 the Park Auditions – Applications Due September 29

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 September 29, 2023.

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 October 4, 2023.  Auditions will take place on Wednesday October 11, 2023.  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.

Google Form Application

Teacher Recommendation Form – Each Applicant must submit two teacher recommendation forms by Friday September 29.
Pre-Audition Application – Teacher Recommendation

88.1 the Park live at Art in the Park

88-1 the Park will be in Kellogg Park on Saturday July 8th, for Art in the Park.  Art in the Park is Michigan’s second largest art fair and more than 300,000 people will fill the streets to look at paintings, sculptures, woodwork, photography and much more.  The 88-1 the Park Crew will be at our tent in Kellogg Park (near Ann Arbor Trail and Main Street) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  You can stop by to pick up some 88-1 the Park pens and stickers.  You can also listen for live reports from Art in the Park throughout the day Saturday.  We’re proud to bring you live coverage of Art in the Park on 88-1 the Park, Plymouth and Canton’s Hit Music.

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 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.

Alumni Matches
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

88.1 the Park Celebrates High School Radio Day – April 26, 2023

88.1 The Park invests in the lives of young people and serves the Plymouth-Canton Community. Some are surprised to find out that 88-1 is located at Salem High School and is run by students at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.

We know that the students of Canton, Plymouth and Salem High School are fortunate, because not every school has a radio station. We’re joining with other high school stations to celebrate High School Radio Day on Wednesday April 26th. Join us as we shine a light on the great things happening at 88-1, as well as high school stations throughout the country.

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Car Donation
Our Sponsors

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