88.1 the Park’s Community Focus staff will be speaking with candidates for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools every Wednesday through the 2020 election. Our staff members will talk with each person about what lead them to run, their qualifications, and issues facing the school district.
September 23 – Kyla Schilling speaks with Patrick Kehoe and Christopher Vos
September 30 – Daniel Schoenherr speaks with John Lazarowicz and Gina Thibault
October 7 – Sumedha Sethi speams with Jeannie Moody-Novak and Shawn Wilson
October 14 – Kyla Schilling speaks with Michael Lloyd and Lauren Christenson
October 21 – Daniel Schoenherr speaks with Robert Baty and Sheryl Picard
October 28 – Sumedha Sethi speaks with Anupam Chugh-Sidhu and Sebastien Ostertag
Students at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park 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 October 9, 2020.
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 and will develop business skills that will stick with them for a lifetime.
The station will host an introductory meeting for students planning to audition on Wednesday September 30, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will provide an overview of the audition process and expectations for new staff members.
A list of students that receive auditions will be posted on Tuesday October 13. Auditions will take place on Wednesday October 21. All students receiving an audition will be sent a Zoom link and 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 involved in a short job interview.
88.1 the Park honored two deserving alums when the station presents the Dr. Andrew Melin WSDP Distinguished Alumni Award on Wednesday August 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center in Plymouth.
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, and Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, 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 and P-CEP. The first recipient was June Kirchgatter, Plymouth-Salem ’83. The 2018 honorees include Rob Milford, Plymouth ’73, and Glenn Bar, Plymouth-Canton ’82. The 2020 honorees were Mike Schulte, Plymouth-Salem ’78, Scott Herrold Plymouth-Salem ’98, and Jake Bugeja, Starkweather ’02.
The 2020 honorees were David Snyder, Plymouth-Salem ’82 and Patty Williamson, Plymouth Salem ’88.
David graduated from Plymouth-Salem in 1982 and eventually came back to serve as the station manager of WSDP from 1987 to 1991. After leaving the station he went back to school and began a career in television. He is the evening anchor for WCJB ABC 20 in Gainesville Florida. During his time as a reporter he covered Congress from the Capitol Building on September 11, 2001. He saw first hand how our nation rallied together at one of the most challenging times in our history. He also had the privilege of interviewing President Barack Obama for a one-on-one interview. He is proud to have a close association with North Central Florida’s active veterans’ community, he loves to read to school kids, enjoys running for various causes, and is a friend of the Dance Alive National Ballet and Gainesville’s burgeoning innovation community.
Patty is a former News Director at WSDP. She graduated in 1988 and after college went on to a career in radio, working at stations throughout Northern Michigan. After leaving radio, she went back to school and began a career as a professor of Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University in 1999. She is a film buff, a television binge-watcher, a reality television expert, and an animal welfare advocate. Her interest in film led her to produce a documentary film on the challenges faced by women in radio. The film is called “Breaking the Sound Barrier” and it looks at the history of women in this industry.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation presented 88.1 the Park with the 2020 High School Station of the Year Award for the third year in-a-row. The MABF also honored 17 Plymouth-Canton Educational Park students in their annual High School and College Awards Competition. The MABF presented the awards during the Great Lakes Media Show on Wednesday March 4, 2020 in Lansing.
P-CEP students received 16 of the 30 awards presented in the high school radio category, including six first place awards in the 10 categories. 88.1 has received the Station of the Year Award nine times since 2001.
“Our success starts with the great work our students produce. We’re lucky to have such hard working and talented students.” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.
The MABF received nearly 328 High School entries from 21 schools in the radio and television competition.
The latest issue of the 88.1 the Park Newsletter features and interview with WSDP Alum John Dobel. John is a member of WSDP’s founding staff. We also preview the upcoming 88.1 the Park Record Show, a fundraiser that brings over 400 collectors to the Salem High School Cafeteria.
88.1 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.