WDET Staff

Meet the group of awesome people that keep your favorite radio station up and running.

 

Leadership Programming News Music Hosts Membership Underwriting Marketing Audio & IT

 

 

Leadership


Michelle Srbinovich

General Manager

Srbinovich is responsible for driving the growth of the first working U.S. model of mainstream, major market, multi-­ethnic public radio. She has earned national respect for her work at WDET and her commitment to bringing new audiences to public service media. A self-described "problem solver with a digital toolkit", Srbinovich came to WDET in 2009 from Campbell-Ewald where she managed digital projects for Chevy and ran the award-winning online community NavyForMoms. A passionate advocate for the city of Detroit, she is deeply involved with the region's advertising, tech and nonprofit communities, serving as co-founder of the Detroit chapter of Girl Develop It and chair of the Belle Isle Conservancy's Emerging Patrons Council.

msrbinovich@wdet.org

Joan Cherry Isabella

Program Director

Joan Isabella has been a leader in media programming and promotion in Detroit for 25 years. Prior to joining WDET in 2011 as executive producer of The Craig Fahle Show, Isabella was president of YoRadio, and worked with clients ranging from Oakwood Health Care System to StartupNation.com. Isabella was the executive producer of WJR’s Mitch Albom Show and led it to national syndication on ABC Radio. She was also executive producer of WJBK’s Dayna Show and program manager at WXYZ radio. She started her career at WCAU, the CBS owned radio and television station in Philadelphia where she honed her skills for seven years.

joanisabella@wdet.org

Jerome Vaughn

News Director & WDET Host, All Things Considered

An award-winning journalist, Jerome Vaughn joined WDET in 1992 to help chronicle Detroit's comeback and let people around the world know the truth about his hometown. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, when his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio. He listened to news on it all the time and took inspiration from Walter Cronkite, Charles Collingwood and Eric Sevareid. Jerome also runs the news internship program, providing opportunities for future public radio producers. He has also served as a mentor for NPR's Next Generation Radio Project.

jvaughn@wdet.org

Lea Thomas

Membership Director

Lea holds a certificate in Fundraising from The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. She has 10 years of successful fundraising experience, as well as a background in teaching, and 11 years in event planning. Prior to coming to WDET she was the Development Director at a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, where she found success establishing signature events, increasing community and business partnerships, and funding to meet rapidly growing capacity. Lea is a proud 3rd generation Detroiter. Her grandfather owned State Upholstery in the heyday of the Livernois & Fenkell area. Ask her about it when you meet her!

lthomas@wdet.org  |  313-577-4226

Michael Perkins

Corporate Sales Manager

Michael Perkins holds a M.B.A. from The University of Detroit and a B.A. in International Business and French from Alma College. He has 15 years of media sales experience with 11 years in commercial radio sales with CBS and Clear Channel Communications. Michael brings his commercial sales and promotions experience to public radio, assisting corporate and non-profit underwriting clients reach WDET’s quality audience.

mperkins@wdet.org  |  313-577-5855

Sausha Kellogg

Business Manager

In her role as Business Manager, Sausha ensures that the station's financial management will be administered with the utmost integrity with emphasis on efficiency improvements and fiscal responsibility. Her experience includes financial analysis and forecasting, development of financial goals and objectives, budgeting, and grant and contract management. Sausha holds a B.S. in Business Administration - Accounting from Wayne State University. Prior to coming to WDET, Sausha was in Wayne State University - Business and Auxiliary Operations department and also served as Financial Officer at Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation.

Alex Trajano

Production Director

Alex Trajano started his love affair with audio after buying a 4 track recorder in the 80s. Later, as owner of Thrilla Park Studios, he worked with artists such as Marcus Belgrave and Iggy Pop & The Stooges. He's won multiple awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and some have called his work “The New Sound of Public Radio”. Trajano also hosts of The Moth in Detroit and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s, “Live From Orchestra Hall”. Currently, Alex is producing the first WDET podcast, The Beginning of the End. Which could also spell the beginning of the end of his career. We’ll see…

atrajano@wdet.org

 

 

Programming


Myreo Ewann Dixon

Producer, DRIS

As a person with a disability (paraplegic), I understand the importance of having resources available for me to live a productive life. That's why I love my job! I currently work as a Producer/Reader at Detroit Radio Information Service (DRIS), the only Radio Reading Service serving metro-Detroit. DRIS is a lifeline of communication to anyone in Southeast Michigan who cannot see. Our volunteer readers give hundreds of hours each year so that isolation doesn't accompany the loss of vision. DRIS is a sub-channel of the #1 Public Radio Station in Michigan WDET 101.9 fm! Where WE BELIEVE in a better informed citizen!

am2909@wayne.edu  |  313-577-3322

Stephen Henderson

Host, Detroit Today

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Stephen Henderson joins the cast of WDET's daily talk program, Detroit Today.
A native of Detroit, Stephen is a graduate of University of Detroit High School and the University of Michigan. He has been at the Free Press since 2007. His resume also includes reporting at the Chicago Tribune,the Baltimore Sun, and four years covering the Supreme Court for Knight Ridder's Washington Bureau. Stephen's reputation and ability to have fact-based, fair and compelling conversations will further WDET's goal to serve as a leading voice for Detroit. His journalistic experience combined with his authentic Detroit point of view and integrity make him an exciting addition to the Detroit Today team.

Laura Herberg

Special Projects Producer

Laura is an award winning feature story producer. She works on special projects and is the in-studio producer for Detroit Today. In the past, she co-produced the Craig Fahle Show. In 2012, Laura was awarded a SoundCloud Fellowship for her project, Listen to Detroit. She has reported for Interlochen Public Radio and worked as a stringer for the BBC and RTÉ. Laura is a board member for Hostel Detroit, she helped establish the coworking space An Office in Detroit, and she’s a “counselor” for Radio Campfire, which hosts local listening events. Laura originally hails from the west coast but considers herself engaged to the city.

laura.e.herberg@gmail.com

Nina Ignaczak

Digital Editor

Nina is a recovering urban planner, having spent the first part of her career working in local government and nonprofits, where her role often entailed engaging citizens and making complex information understandable and compelling for decision makers and the public. Nina is delighted to be applying those skills in the public radio world, especially at WDET, the station she has listened to since as long as she can remember listening to radio. Her role at WDET has her helping to strengthen the station's multimedia and digital presence by ensuring that the great news, information and entertainment produced everyday by the station's reporters and producers is as compelling and accessible on the internet as it is on the airwaves. A writer, map and data nerd and urban policy wonk, Nina has a deep love for the natural and cultural history of the city of Detroit and its region. She's also a mom, amateur botanist, ex-knitter and music lover. And she's warming up to the Oxford comma.

nina.ignaczak@wdet.org

Joan Cherry Isabella

Program Director

Joan Isabella has been a leader in media programming and promotion in Detroit for 25 years. Prior to joining WDET in 2011 as executive producer of The Craig Fahle Show, Isabella was president of YoRadio, and worked with clients ranging from Oakwood Health Care System to StartupNation.com. Isabella was the executive producer of WJR’s Mitch Albom Show and led it to national syndication on ABC Radio. She was also executive producer of WJBK’s Dayna Show and program manager at WXYZ radio. She started her career at WCAU, the CBS owned radio and television station in Philadelphia where she honed her skills for seven years.

joanisabella@wdet.org

Saeed A. Khan

Contributor, Detroit Today

Saeed A. Khan is currently in the Department of History and Lecturer in the Department of Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University- Detroit, Michigan, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Politics and Culture and where he also is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Citizenship. His primary area of research is the identity politics of Muslim diaspora communities in the US, UK and Europe.

Amy Miller

Producer, Detroit Today

Amy is a 30 year veteran journalist and news anchor. Over the years she has worked in both public and commercial radio. She has held many positions including regional news director for CoastAlaska, a group of five public stations along Alaska's panhandle and corporate news director for a group of 8 commercial stations in Missouri. Amy has also been a talk show host, DJ, Music Director and Program Director. She has written articles for various magazines including Alaska Business Monthly, Alaska Fishermans Journal and Pacific Fishing. Her editorials have appeared in Metro Times and the Missourian. She loves to be on the water and spend time with friends and her family.

amiller@wdet.org  |  313-577-7673

Arthur John Regner

Producer & Writer, Detroit Today

Art Regner is a sports radio broadcaster, producer, author and columnist. Regner has been on the Detroit sports airwaves, for WDFN and WXYT, since the 1990s. He is a native of Livonia, Michigan and graduated from Franklin High School. Regner is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has co-written three sports books on what it means to be a Michigan Wolverine and Detroit Red Wing and The Great Book of Detroit Sports Lists. He is currently a producer/writer for WDET’s Detroit Today, hosted by Stephen Henderson.

ajregner@aol.com

Anna Sysling

Reporter, Producer and WDET's Weekend Edition Anchor

Anna Sysling works in WDET’s News and Programming departments. She is a reporter, anchors WDET's Weekend Edition on Saturday mornings and produces live broadcasts and special programming for WDET.  Anna is a lifelong resident of Metro Detroit and a huge public radio nerd. She is fiercely dedicated to telling stories about the people, neighborhoods and history that shape this incredibly diverse and complex region. When she’s not at work, Anna is probably riding her bike, eating ice cream or digging for treasures at a thrift shop. 

annamarie.sysling@wdet.org  |  313-577-5157

Bankole Thompson

Host, Redline with Bankole Thompson

Bankole Thompson spends his professional time asking the hard questions of both the powerful and ordinary in society. A widely respected and multidimensional journalist he is the editor of the Michigan Chronicle. Thompson is the author of two books on President Obama, “Obama and Black Loyalty,” and the latest “Obama and Christian Loyalty.” His national presence includes being a member of the weekly “Obama Watch” Sunday evening 90-minute broadcast on WLIB-1190AM New York, and simulcast in New Jersey and Connecticut. Thompson has received many awards. This year alone he was honored with the “2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Award” by Plymouth United Church of Christ, one of the leading African American religious institutions in the country. His community service includes the “The Bankole Thompson Fund for Veterans and Teen Moms,” owned and operated by the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) to support the cause of veterans and needy teenage mothers in metro Detroit who are serviced by DRMM.

Laura Weber-Davis

Producer, Detroit Today

Laura is thrilled to be working at Detroit's legendary public radio station, WDET. She comes to the station from the Michigan Public Radio Network, where she covered state politics and all things Michigan. She was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and has had a lifelong love affair with Detroit and southeast Michigan. She is a graduate of Michigan State University (Go Green!) and she received a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. Laura is an audiophile with a public radio addiction, a dusty-record music head with a crate-digger's heart, a crossworder, a dog-walker, a beach-goer, a Jane-Austen-lover, and an active listener who loves to hear and tell a good story. Whatever she is doing at this very moment, she'd rather be listening to RadioLab.

lweber@wdet.org

 

 

News


Pat Batcheller

Senior News Editor & WDET Host, Morning Edition

Good journalism is important to me. It has been my profession since 1989. It has been my passion forever. It has changed a lot since my first job at WKZC-FM in Scottville, Michigan. There's a lot more clutter since the Internet gave rise to blogs, videos, gifs, and social media. My job is to sort through it and deliver the facts and to tell compelling stories about our community and our world.

pbatcheller@wdet.org

Marissa Gawel

Associate News Producer

Marissa Gawel is a reporter in WDET’s newsroom. She originally joined the station as an intern after working for a social media start-up in San Francisco.
Marissa grew up in Grosse Pointe and then graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in International Studies and German. She’s worked as a cherry picker, photographer (www.marissagawel.com), chakra adviser, magazine editor, and innkeeper.

mgawel@wdet.org

Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

"I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee,” says Quinn Klinefelter. “That's how I start the day." Quinn joined WDET in 1998 after working with the British Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio where he produced and hosted news and current events shows. He has been on top of the news for nearly a decade and honored for it by the Wisconsin Broadcasting Association and the Robert F. Hyland/CBS Radio Award for feature reporting for nearly a decade. Klinefelter was literally on top of the news in 1996 when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole and stepped on his feet during the Dole/Kemp run for the Presidency.

qklinefelter@wdet.org

J. Carlisle Larsen

News Reporter & Midday Host

J. Carlisle Larsen serves as WDET's midday host. She started her tenure at WDET as an intern in the newsroom and later became the in-studio producer for The Craig Fahle Show and the producer of WDET's Morning Edition. Born in Illinois, she grew up in Carson City, Nevada and Elkhart, Indiana. She attended Earlham College and graduated in 2008 with a degree in History and Jewish Studies. In addition to her love of storytelling and public radio, she also enjoys science, cooking, and dreams of someday going to Antarctica (seriously).

jlarsen@wdet.org

Sandra Svoboda

Bankruptcy Reporter

Graduate, Indiana University (Journalism/History). Worked for The (Toledo) Blade and Detroit’s Metro Times, won awards from Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Press Association and Society of Professional Journalists-Detroit chapter. Master’s in public administration from Wayne State University. Adjunct faculty member, WSU, UM-Dearborn. Board president, Freedom House Detroit. Advisory board, ACLU-Michigan. Mentor, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit and Afghan Women's Writing Project. Loves her husband, dog, bicycle, usually in that order.

ssvoboda@wdet.org  |  313-577-4255

Bre'Anna Tinsley

Associate News Producer

I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.A in Journalism. I interned at Newsradio WOOD 1300 and 106.9 FM in Grand Rapids and Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor. I originally started as intern at WDET.


I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. I wish to someday move to New York City.

btinsley@wdet.org

Jerome Vaughn

News Director & WDET Host, All Things Considered

An award-winning journalist, Jerome Vaughn joined WDET in 1992 to help chronicle Detroit's comeback and let people around the world know the truth about his hometown. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, when his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio. He listened to news on it all the time and took inspiration from Walter Cronkite, Charles Collingwood and Eric Sevareid. Jerome also runs the news internship program, providing opportunities for future public radio producers. He has also served as a mentor for NPR's Next Generation Radio Project.

jvaughn@wdet.org

Travis Wright

Reporter & Host, Culture City

Born in northern Ontario, Travis Wright was raised just north of Detroit, in Southfield. The son of career artists, he studied English at Wayne State University, but spent (too) much of that time traveling throughout the state, country, and world on his own dime.
From 2006 to 2009, he worked in various capacities at the entertainment rag Real Detroit, at one-time writing under three names. Hired as an intern three years before, he left Real as Editor to join the distinguished staff of Detroit’s acclaimed news, music, art and culture weekly Metro Times as its Arts & Culture Editor. A musician (he’s penned many music reviews and Detroit centric features for SPIN), photographer and cook, Wright is a total news junkie, storyteller (he’s a Moth StorySlam winner), and unabashed Detroitphile. He brings a voice balanced by humble humor and clever cultural insight to WDET’s afternoon airwaves.

trav@wayne.edu

 

 

Music Hosts


Nick Austin

Host, New Soul Sunday

A native Detroiter with a post graduate degree from Wayne State, Nick is a classically trained musician who developed his love and interest in a diverse array of musical styles at a young age. Nick's background ranges from performing as scholarship member of the university’s jazz band, symphonic band, and orchestra, publishing 2 CDs. Nick continues his tradition of breaking barriers in music on WDET, merging genres like soul and funk with electronica and hip-hop into a rich tapestry of rhythm and sound that is uniquely Detroit.

naustin@wdet.org

Jay Butler

Host, Jay's Place

With almost five decades of broadcast experience, Jay Butler is a familiar voice to generations of Detroiters from his years at WJLB, WCHB and WQBH. Listeners can expect a lively mix of blues, R&B and soul when they stop by Jay’s Place on Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight. Listeners can expect to hear such artists as Buddy Guy, BB King, Etta James, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Reed and Taj Mahal and countless others.

jbutler@wdet.org

Chris Campbell

Host, The Progressive Underground

Chris Campbell (aka DJ Cambeaux) is a DJ/music journalist and nationally-renowned tastemaker who has written for publications such as Upscale, Smooth Jazz News, Soul Interviews and Examiner.
His books The Essential Neo Soul and Neo Soul 2.0 spotlight the progressive soul music movement and are the only publications to cover its history.
Campbell is also a correspondent for NPR (National Public Radio) curating global underground music for segments such as "Heavy Rotation" and "Songs We Love."
As host of the Progressive Underground, he takes listeners on a multi-genre musical odyssey by way of creative hand-picked playlists, exclusive artist interviews and atmospheric style mixes.

ccampbell@wdet.org

Ann Delisi

Host, Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann has been an influential part of Detroit media for more than 20 years. From radio to television to voiceovers, Ann Delisi is a familiar voice to metro Detroiters. A Wayne State grad and former WDET staffer (1983-1995), Ann now hosts a show on WDET that is a fun, contemporary and thoroughly hand-picked approach to music that moves Detroit. Ann will guide us through the “essential music,” both new and familiar, that’s shaping our culture and feature music made in Detroit every hour. Ann’s show also brings you live performances, interviews and special features.

adelisi@wdet.org

Jon Moshier

Host, Modern Music

From 1996 to 2005, Jon was an integral part of WDET's music department and on-air staff and returned to the station in 2010. Keeping his focus under the mainstream radar each week, he presents the best new music and emerging artists on "Modern Music". Jon has played drums in various local bands, is a professional voice over artist and is the Executive Music Producer for Doner Advertising.

modmusic@wdet.org

Rob Reinhart

Host, Rob Reinhart's Essential Music Acoustic Cafe

Rob started his professional broadcasting career while still in college, pursuing his degree in Psychology. After college, he chose radio over the human psyche. He currently hosts "Essential Music" on WDET, and "Acoustic Cafe," syndicated around the country and worldwide on Voice Of America.
Over the last 20 years, Reinhart has also owned a small ad agency, written and produced syndicated comedy for radio, voiced thousands of radio and TV commercials, consulted movie, television and internet media projects, and even been the voice of Radio Bonnaroo!

rreinhart@wdet.org

Ed Love

Host, Destination Jazz

WDET is proud to include one of the nation's most prominent radio hosts as part of its award-winning programming, Ed Love. For more than 33 years, Ed has delighted listeners with Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program on Saturdays weekdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on WDET 101.9FM. Starting in 1960, he worked at various stations throughout Detroit until finally joining WDET in 1983.
Ed has not only entertained Detroit radio listeners throughout his impressive career, but also spent six years hosting a nationally syndicated program The Evolution of Jazz, educating and entertaining listeners on 125 stations from coast to coast. For his contribution to the world of jazz, Ed has been honored with numerous awards including two Spirit of Detroit Awards from Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young and Dennis W. Archer, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Motor City Music Foundation and the Dr. Alian Locke Award for his contributions to the arts by the Friends of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

 

 

Membership


Ayana Rubio

Membership Assistant

Solving mysteries and wrapping 'Thank-you' gifts are just a small part of what Ayana does every day in WDET's Membership Department. She also looks forward to saving you that last pair of free seats to a WDET Discovery Series event, sharing greetings at The Moth Story Hour, and working to ensure that you enjoy your WDET membership to the fullest.
Ayana is an organizing member of Fender Bender Detroit, a women, queer, and trans* centered bicycle workspace rooted in justice principles, and ¡MIRA!, the code-mixing collaborative "¡Mujeres In Resistance: Adelante!"

ayana.rubio@wdet.org |  313-577-7725

Celeste Stone

Membership Assistant

Celeste works to assist our valuable members in supporting of WDET. She is a full time political science student at Wayne State University, winner of the 2013 Angela Rose Cowan policy award, member of Pi Alpha Alpha, Phi Theta Kappa, and works with several campus organizations. Her academic concentration is in non-profit organizations within the field of Public Administration.

cstone@wdet.org

Lea Thomas

Membership Director

Lea holds a certificate in Fundraising from The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. She has 10 years of successful fundraising experience, as well as a background in teaching, and 11 years in event planning. Prior to coming to WDET she was the Development Director at a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, where she found success establishing signature events, increasing community and business partnerships, and funding to meet rapidly growing capacity. Lea is a proud 3rd generation Detroiter. Her grandfather owned State Upholstery in the heyday of the Livernois & Fenkell area. Ask her about it when you meet her!

lthomas@wdet.org  |  313-577-4226

 

 

Underwriting


Tremetre (Tree) Aaron

Underwriting Representative

Tremetre (affectionately known as “Tree”) recently joined the WDET family and brings 20+ years of successful commercial radio sales and marketing experience to the station. Tremetre’s passion for radio and using this medium to activate listeners allows clients/underwriters to grow their business, build their brand and have a return on their investment is extremely important to her. Tree believes the reason she has been successful is that she cares about her clients big and small and sincerely wants what is best for them. She is excited about her new journey with WDET and looking forward to making a positive difference for the community!

taaron@wdet.org  |  313-577-3342

Lisa Brancato

Senior Underwriting Sales Representative

Lisa joined the WDET underwriting sales team in October 2011 bringing decades of experience in media and non-profit work in the Detroit area. Working for radio stations in sales and promotion, and for some of Detroit’s “jewels”, including the Detroit Zoo, The Parade Company and the Riverfront Conservancy, Lisa brings her network and understanding of the Detroit community to create effective marketing campaigns for non-profit and corporate underwriting clients. Lisa is a passionate Detroiter and enjoys bike riding, brisk walks and shopping estate sales.

lbrancato@wdet.org  |  313-577-0491

Michael Perkins

Corporate Sales Manager

Michael Perkins holds a M.B.A. from The University of Detroit and a B.A. in International Business and French from Alma College. He has 15 years of media sales experience with 11 years in commercial radio sales with CBS and Clear Channel Communications. Michael brings his commercial sales and promotions experience to public radio, assisting corporate and non-profit underwriting clients reach WDET’s quality audience.

mperkins@wdet.org

 

 

Marketing


Angela Gallegos

Events & Promotions Coordinator

Angela Gallegos enjoys sharing positive energy. She loves laughing, dancing, Detroit Sports, travel and learning about the people/ world around her. She is a proud Southwest Detroiter and sister of Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority. Angela is one of the lead organizers of Sweat Detroit (Neighborhood Health & Fitness group) and co-host of the internet broadcast Slash Detroit which airs on Pish Posh.TV. She is thrilled to be apart of the WDET team and can't wait to meet you at fun events around the city this year!

agallegos@wdet.org  |  313-522-4207

Courtney Hurtt

Digital Specialist

Life-long learner with a deep interest in digital storytelling. I currently work as a Digital Specialist at WDET 101.9 FM.
Creating beautiful and worthwhile content online is my hobby. Specifically, I like to explore the culture of places and the role people play in their transformation.
When I'm not busy creating something new on the web you can catch me scrounging for music on Soundcloud or writing for detroitgrams.com.
I'm a proud graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in Comparative Cultures & Politics. Go Green!!

courtney.hurtt@wdet.org

Shleby Jouppi

Multimedia Producer

Passionate about constructive, honest messages and their impact on the world, Shelby strives to wield her media "powers" for good, and not evil.
She began working at WDET in January of 2014. Referred to as a "Swiss Army Knife" of an employee, Shelby is a skilled writer, producer and designer.
Shelby's also helping produce a new podcast for the station called "The Beginning of the End," a dream and passion project for her.
If she's not at work, you can probably find Shelby adventuring with her husband, at her church New City Midtown or somewhere in the woods.

shelby.jouppi@wdet.org

 

 

Audio Production & IT


Ryan Carlson

Sr. Systems Administrator

Ryan Carlson is WDET’s Sr. Systems Administrator. That means he loves technology but not in that weird stuck-in-the-basement kind of way. It started as a youth when he and his friends would take apart cars then put them back together for fun. This curiosity for how things worked not only fueled his passion for automobiles and driving, it made him the computer nerd he is today. A devoted family man and avid sportsman, Ryan spends the warmer months on the golf course and finds time to coach a high school tennis team. In the winter, he plays hockey and takes the kids sled riding. Ryan graduated from WSU in 2005 with a BS in Information Systems and Management and joined the WDET team in 2013.

ryan.carlson@wdet.org  |  313-577-5873

Alex Trajano

Production Diretor

Alex Trajano started his love affair with audio after buying a 4 track recorder in the 80s. Later, as owner of Thrilla Park Studios, he worked with artists such as Marcus Belgrave and Iggy Pop & The Stooges. He's won multiple awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and some have called his work “The New Sound of Public Radio”. Trajano also hosts of The Moth in Detroit and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s, “Live From Orchestra Hall”. Currently, Alex is producing the first WDET podcast, The Beginning of the End. Which could also spell the beginning of the end of his career. We’ll see…

atrajano@wdet.org

Matt Trevethan

Operations Manager

Matthew began working for WDET in 1996 as a D.R.I.S intern and Assistant Membership Director. Three months into his tenure with WDET, he was offered a position in the Production Department. While in the production department, he worked as a board-operator and one of the main mixing engineers for live music at the station. Matthew’s work appears on each of the four Live at WDET discs. In 2001, Matthew was promoted to Assistant Production Director and then in 2005 Production Director. In 2009, Matthew was promoted to his current position as Operations Manager. Matthew also is the Technical Director for The Craig Fahle Show. Matthew is a graduate of Wayne State University, he and his wife Lisa enjoy their “fuzzy” children, Hana, Ophelia, Sascha, and Steve. His favorite color is black, and enjoys long walks at midnight.