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 set for Nov. 6-11.
“We love providing our listeners with Plymouth and Canton’s hit music,” said Anyuya 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.”
Commitment to community
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 an example of it,” said Dave Snyder, a 1982 Plymouth Canton graduate and an anchor for WCJB TV in Gainesville, Florida. “Scores of people graduated from WSDP and used that as a launching pad for life.”
During the six-day pledge drive listeners will be encouraged to make a pledge of financial support for 88.1 The Park.
Here’s how to donate
In addition to pledges, credit card donations can be made through 88.1’s website. Look for the DONATE NOW link on the right side of the page.
Donors can choose WSDP 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.
Throughout the week the station will have special guests stopping in to help the students with the pledge drive.
Those guests will include station alums, friends from area non-profit groups, teachers, and listeners.
“We’re asking people to invest in 88.1 but in reality their gifts directly touch the community through programming focused on Plymouth and Canton and the impact on students’ lives,” said Avneet Pandher, operations manager.
String of state awards
The station’s success at serving the community has been noticed. The station was the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation High School Station of the Year for the sixth year in a row.
The student staff received 16 of 28 individual awards presented.
88.1 The 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.