WSDP celebrates more than 43 years of serving the community. The station began as a dream for 40 staff members in 1972 and continues to make a difference in the lives of students.
Founding General Manager, Bonny Dore, wrote about that impact, “Great things always start with a dream. One great idea that a small group of people focus on, and dedicate that portion of their lives to making come true no matter what the odds. The creation of WSDP was one of those dreams. And as I hear the comments of the students and community, I know that our dream lives on…on the air…and in their hearts.”
We can point to many students as examples of that dream. Rob Milford was Sports Director for the founding staff, and now works as a reporter for CBS Radio News. Jim Heller used his background at WSDP to land a job at CNN as a writer/producer, and now works for the State Department in the Ukraine. Jake Bugeja left WSDP in 2002 and within two years he was working full time handling production and imaging for VH1’s satellite radio station.
These are only a few examples of many students that used their experience at WSDP as a first step towards careers in broadcasting, as well those who found careers outside of radio and television. For many people, WSDP was the first place they were able to put those skills into practice.
…A future worth preserving.
WSDP has created an endowment fund through the Educational Excellence Foundation. The fund was created to move WSDP toward a greater degree of self-sufficiency. We hope this will preserve WSDP for future generations.
Donations to the fund are tax-deductible. Checks should be made payable to the Educational Excellence Foundation. Please place WSDP in the memo line.
Donations can be mailed to:
46181 Joy Rd.
Canton MI 48187
Platinum Record Club – recognizing donations of $1,000 or more
New Liberty Bank – Plymouth, Michigan
Bill and Heidi Keith
Elizabeth Cardinal – In Memory of Jeffrey Cardinal
Denny and Jill Kapp
Michael and Mary Guregian-Jenkins
Salem Class of 2010-2012
Giving Hope Women’s Giving Circle
Gold Record Club – recognizing donations of $500 – $999
Larry, Jan and Mark Donaldson
Quintessential Event Company
Tracy Sperry and Kirsten Waarala
Canton Newcomers and Neighbors