Posts Tagged ‘88.1 FM’

The radio station has been broadcasting about “changes” coming to the station and messages that “change is good.”  Apparently, whatever the change is coming is set to take place on December 31, 2011 at noon.  “New Year, new radio station is coming to 88.1 FM…”  All the songs the station is playing have “change” in the lyrics or title.  The website says nothing (at least as far as I can see) about these “changes.”  The robotic female voice that keeps repeating “Change is good” sounds so Orwellian and eerie.  Listening live now has all the charm and appeal as a message from Big Brother.  Decide for yourself.


Will the “new radio station” be student radio with a different format?  Has the frequency been taken over by a private radio licensee?  I hope the station isn’t going corporate and boring.  Not all “change is good.”


If the station is going the way of the dinosaur, I, for one, will miss it.  It’s one of the few decent stations in this area and I’ve been exposed to some great new and different artists on The Escape.


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The Escape, always looking for ways to raise funds to stay on the air, is having a can and bottle drive this Saturday, February 7, from from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the east entrance of Salem High School (near the student parking lot).

The Escape is also willing to pick up your cans and bottles at your home.  If you are interested in that, call 734-416-7732.


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From December 3-6, WSDP is having a pledge drive.  Like public radio, 88.1 is at least in part listener supported.

If you are interested in supporting the station, you can do it online at: http://www.881theescape.com/

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88.1 FM, which broadcasts from the Plymouth Canton Educational Park, is student-run radio.  WSDP is buried all the way over to the left of the dial (for those of us that remember radio dials) and doesn’t have the strongest broadcast signal, but it comes in crystal clear in town and within a few miles from here.

I had almost forgotten about it.  I listened to it years ago but for some reason went to more commercial radio stations.  I sort re-discovered it a few weeks ago when I was trying to find out whether there was a football game at the park.  Since then I’ve reset it on my radio presets and I’ve hardly listened to another station since.

WSDP is what radio should be.  There are few commercial, almost no talking and a staggering amount of musical variety.  This is what FM radio used to be (back in the ’70’s.)  The playlist is definitely a lot less mainstream than most FM programming.  It has a college radio feel to it.  But most of the music played is pretty accessible.  You don’t have to be heavy into so-called “alternative” or “underground” music to enjoy it.  At the same time, you won’t hear the same 50 songs day and day out like most corporate radio these days.

Check out The Escape.  The kids do a great job.

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