WDET Staff

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

 

Leadership Programming News Music Hosts Operations 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

Candice Fortman

Marketing & Engagement Manager

Candice Fortman has a passion for marketing and media and she’s not afraid to show it! Prior to joining WDET in 2015, Candice served as Promotions Manager for the Clear Channel owned stations WKQI-FM, WMXD-FM and WNIC-FM. Working simultaneously for such different stations gave her a great training ground for the start of her professional career.

After leaving Clear Channel, Candice joined the Special Events and Services team at Wayne State University. During this time, she also started her own company, Wendy’s Girl Media (WGM), a boutique social media and marketing company. A lover of Detroit, she is involved with a number of community organizations using her skills to make the city a better place in any way she can. If asked what her secret weapons are for a life well lived are, she would tell you yoga, Twitter, bacon and a daily belly laugh.

candice.fortman@wdet.org  |  313-577-9526

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.

Courtney Hurtt

Business Operations Coordinator

Simply put, I’m passionate about making things better. As WDET's Business Operations Coordinator my responsibilities are focused on creating processes and mechanisms to support my fellow colleagues in their day-to-day work. Prior to this role, I was a Digital Specialist where I managed the development of our new website and was assigned to build Framed by WDET, an audio-visual project that integrates photography and audio storytelling to tell the story of cultural communities throughout metro Detroit.

I'm a proud graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in Comparative Cultures & Politics (Go Green!) and am currently pursuing an MBA at Wayne State University in Information Systems Management. See something we can be doing better? Feel free to let me know!

courtney.hurtt@wdet.org

Alex Trajano

Studio & Facilities 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

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

 

 

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

Here at WDET, Laura works wherever she is needed. She has contributed to the Framed By seriesCuriosiD, filled in as an on-air host, reported news features, screened calls on Detroit Today, and produced for the Craig Fahle Show (when it was on the air). In 2015, her story "Sundays at the Carpet House" won three regional broadcasting awards for Best Feature. She has reported for Interlochen Public Radio and her work has aired on Marketplace, The Story, Making Contact, Oregon Public Broadcasting, WBAI, WMPG and more. In 2012, she was awarded a SoundCloud Fellowship for her project, Listen to Detroit. Laura was trained in the art of radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She 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. In her free time she works on a podcast called Complete Me." 

 

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

Jake Neher

Producer & Special Projects Reporter, Detroit Today

Jake Neher is a veteran public radio journalist who came “home” to WDET in March 2016 after four years covering the state Legislature and Michigan government in Lansing with the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is a producer on Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson, as well as a Feature & Special Projects Reporter.

Jake got his start in public radio at WDET in 2009 as a news intern. He then went on to serve as news director at KBRW Public Radio in the icy tundra (literally) of Barrow, Alaska. After his arctic excursion, he made the preposterous transition to New York City where he worked as a reporter, host, and editor at WFUV Public Radio in the Bronx.

A lifelong Michigander, Jake is a Central Michigan University alum. He enjoys long road trips, ranting about politics, and bragging about his mad Fruit Ninja skills.

Jake.neher@wdet.org 

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

Annamarie 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

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

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

Eli Newman

Reporter

As a student at the University of Michigan, Eli first cut his teeth at WCBN FM Ann Arbor where he played 70’s Ethiopian pop and Italo-Disco into the wee hours of the night. In 2014, he joined the WDET 101.9 FM team, covering breaking stories in the newsroom and contributing to Culture City. When he’s not at WDET he likes to listen to music and watch Spiderman dance.

eli.newman@wdet.org

Sascha Raiyn

Reporter & Producer

Sascha Raiyn is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio. While studying at Wayne State University, Sascha interned in WDET’s newsroom and worked for the Detroit Radio Information Service which provides access to printed materials to people with visual and cognitive impairments. She went on to work as a reporter/producer for the WSHU Public Radio Group serving Connecticut and New York and as an Investigative News Producer for WJBK Fox 2.

sraiyn@wdet.org

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

Working as a general assignment reporter in WDET’s newsroom, Travis Wright hosts and produces Culture City, a weekly, hour-long show dedicated to the prolific output of arts, music, and entertainment in metro Detroit.   

A Detroiter by way of north Ontario, Wright is an award-winning (Society of Professional Journalists and Michigan Association of Broadcasters) writer, broadcaster, and photographer. Over the course of the last decade, his work has covered the Motor City’s forthright, collaborative and subversive creative community. 

Curious, humorous, and attentive, Wright regularly interviews established and rising creatives, as well as national and local politicians and business professionals with his signature sense of attentive yet affable respect.

Whether it’s welcoming audiences to events such as “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” at the historic Fox Theatre, David Sedaris at the Opera House, or sitting alongside NPR’s Michele Martin for Motor City Drive, Travis Wright enjoys engaging with audiences off-air, hosting a number of events around the region every year.

trav@wayne.edu

 

 

Music Hosts


Ismael Ahmed

Host, This Island Earth

Ismael Ahmed was appointed Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Associate Provost of Metropolitan Impact at the University of Michigan-Dearborn beginning January 2011. Prior to that, he served in Governor Jennifer M. Granholm’s administration as Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, the state’s second largest department. He co-founded the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) in 1971 and was appointed executive director in 1983, growing it into a national human service and advocacy agency with affiliates in 24 cities.
The son of first generation immigrants, Ismael Ahmed is co-founder of The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and now serves as an executive member of its advisory board. Since 1984, he has lead Detroit’s Concert of Colors, one of the largest world music festivals in the United States, which he co-curates and co-chairs. Since 1998, he has been producer and host of “This Island Earth”.

inahmed@umich.edu

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

After cutting his teeth on volunteer college/community radio in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Windsor, Jon worked as WDET’s Music Librarian and hosted several shows from 1996 to 2005. He returned to the station in 2010 to host “Modern Music”. Keeping his focus under the mainstream radar each week, he seeks out and presents the best in new music and emerging artists. Jon has played drums in various local bands, is a professional voice over artist and works as 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.

 

 

Operations


Courtney Hurtt

Business Operations Coordinator

Simply put, I’m passionate about making things better. As WDET's Business Operations Coordinator my responsibilities are focused on creating processes and mechanisms to support my fellow colleagues in their day-to-day work. Prior to this role, I was a Digital Specialist where I managed the development of our new website and was assigned to build Framed by WDET, an audio-visual project that integrates photography and audio storytelling to tell the story of cultural communities throughout metro Detroit.

I'm a proud graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in Comparative Cultures & Politics (Go Green!) and am currently pursuing an MBA at Wayne State University in Information Systems Management. See something we can be doing better? Feel free to let me know!

courtney.hurtt@wdet.org

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.

Jowana Moore

Administrative Assistant

Jowana Moore is a native Detroiter and proud graduate of the Detroit Public School System. Jowana has worked for WDET for 7 years and is currently pursuing a degree Bachelor Degree in Business Management. Her motto is “with every problem there is a solution” and she is always willing to go the extra mile to get any job done. Jowana is also a wife and proud mother of two beautiful children and enjoys spending quality time with her family on her days off.

jowana.moore@wdet.org

Ayana Rubio

Admin Services Assistant

Welcoming visitors to the station is just a small part of what Ayana does every week at the front desk of WDET. Formerly of the membership department, she now utilizes her background in data management & analysis as a member of the administrative team.

Off the clock: Ayana works with young people to advance science literacy and hyperlocal media projects.

ayana.rubio@wdet.org

 

 

Membership


Michele Habel-Coffey

Membership Assistant

When you contact WDET, Michele's may be the first voice you hear. In the WDET studio, you can find her assisting members with their burning questions, packaging thank-you gifts, and creating your monthly membership newsletter. She can also be found greeting members at the Moth Story Hour or assisting in a tour of the station. These are just a few of the things Michele does in working to ensure your membership experience at WDET is the best it can possibly be.

Michele is a recent English major graduate from the University of Michigan, where she was selected as Intern of the Year for her journalistic work with The News-Herald in Southgate, Michigan. She is a published author and a life-long resident of the Detroit area, where her family once owned the neighborhood bar, "George's Place" near the heart of the city.

michele.coffey@wdet.org |  313-577-4550

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


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


Candice Fortman

Marketing & Engagement Manager

Candice Fortman has a passion for marketing and media and she’s not afraid to show it! Prior to joining WDET in 2015, Candice served as Promotions Manager for the Clear Channel owned stations WKQI-FM, WMXD-FM and WNIC-FM. Working simultaneously for such different stations gave her a great training ground for the start of her professional career.

After leaving Clear Channel, Candice joined the Special Events and Services team at Wayne State University. During this time, she also started her own company, Wendy’s Girl Media (WGM), a boutique social media and marketing company. A lover of Detroit, she is involved with a number of community organizations using her skills to make the city a better place in any way she can. If asked what her secret weapons are for a life well lived are, she would tell you yoga, Twitter, bacon and a daily belly laugh.

candice.fortman@wdet.org  |  313-577-9526

Olu Adelabi

Digital Content and Communities Assistant

Olu is passionate about understanding how people receive messaging, and creating powerful communication that makes people think, feel or act. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising Art Direction from Columbia College Chicago. Following graduation He DJ'd for many years under the moniker DJ Continental. He is excited to be a part of the WDET team and calling Detroit home.

olu.adelabi@wdet.org

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

Shelby 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


Sam Beaubien

Engineer & Producer

Sam Beaubien is a composer, musician, producer, audio engineer, and music educator. He attended Wayne State University where he received his bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Master of Music Degree in Jazz Studies. Sam is the founder and leader of the acclaimed ensemble, Will Sessions, a premier Detroit ensemble.
He has recorded and collaborated with many artists including Eminem, Mayer Hawthorne, Mary J Blige, Wendell Harrison, Amp Fiddler, Dennis Coffey, Slum Village, Elzhi, and many others. He has shared the stage with George Clinton, and jazz greats Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, Diane Schuur, and has shared concert billing with Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Rhianna, and Wiz Khalifa.
Sam produces music in his own studio where he intertwines genres of funk, soul, hip-hop and jazz. His compositions have been used on television commercials by Chrysler, Ford, Gillette, and Cadillac, and he composed the theme song and music beds for WDET’s The Craig Fahle Show from 2011 through 2014.

sbeaubien@wdet.org

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@wayne.edu  |  313-577-5873

Mike Rymsza

Production Assistant

You may not know his name, but if you listen to WDET you’ve heard his work. Mike Rymsza became obsessed with audio while studying Media Arts Production at Wayne State University. There he met the Matt Trevethan, Operations Manager for WDET. He hounded Matt with emails for months until he was given an internship with the Detroit Radio Information Service (DRIS) in 2007. He then worked his way to the Production Department, quickly becoming “the guy” for live shows, remote broadcasts and fixing audio.

He is a jack-of-all-trades in the production department. He has been called the “Lord of the Board” by over two people. Mike has spent years working in commercial radio, as well, but his loyalty and passion for public radio led him back to WDET. Mike has been the recording engineer for the Detroit Moth Story SLAM since its debut in October 2009. When not fixing audio at the station, you can probably find Mike watching Blazing Saddles or Silence of the Lambs.

mrymsza@wayne.edu |  313-577-4146

Alex Trajano

Studio & Facilities 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.