Staff

Alex Trajano (Production Director)


Alex "Thrilla" Trajano is a mainstay of the Detroit music scene. He performs all over Detroit & Ann Arbor and has toured the US, Europe and Scandinavia. His musical projects include, among many others, Blue Dog (signed with New York's famed Knitting Factory Works Records), The Oblivion Project (an ensemble dedicated to the repertoire of Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzolla) and his indie rock band, Bright Out. As owner of Thrilla Park Studios, Trajano has recorded and/or produced CDs for artists ranging from Marcus Belgrave to Iggy Pop and the Stooges. The studio path led to work in Audio Post Engineering, VO work, and his current post as a Producer and Audio Guru of Detroit's public radio station, WDET. Trajano is the father of three children and has an irrational fear of clowns, soap and tall women.




Amy Miller (Producer, Detroit Today)


Amy grew up in North Rosedale Park on Detroit’s west side. Her public radio career began in 1986 when she took an opportunity to be a reporter at Alaska Public Radio Network. During her 17 years at Alaska Public Radio, she served as reporter, news director, regional news director and program host. Before leaving Alaska, Amy served as Regional News Director for CoastAlaska, Inc., a consortium of five public radio stations along Alaska’s panhandle. After leaving, Amy spent four years in Missouri hosting a talk show on a commercial radio station. She came back to Detroit to host WDET's local Morning Edition program. After 3 years on-air each morning she moved into the position as producer of The Craig Fahle Show. Now she works to provide listeners with engaging issues, guests and topics relevant to our daily lives in Metro Detroit.

Email Amy at amiller(at)wdet(dot)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!



Email Angela at angela.gallegos(at)wdet(dot)org


Anna Sysling (In-Studio Producer, Detroit Today)


Anna Sysling is the in-studio producer for The Craig Fahle Show. After coming to WDET in 2012, she interned in the newsroom and for The Craig Fahle Show. Although Anna grew up just minutes from Detroit in Grosse Pointe Woods, it wasn’t until transferring to Wayne State that she became addicted to learning about the diverse people, communities and ideas that shape Detroit and its surrounding region. She came to WDET as a huge public radio nerd with a background in print and digital journalism. When Anna’s not at work, she’s probably riding her bike, digging for treasures at a thrift shop, watching old movies with her grandpa and/or eating cheese. Ideally she’s doing all of these at once; while perusing street style blogs and websites dedicated to animals wearing clothes.


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.


Outside of her time at WDET and Wayne State she is a public speaker and author focused on educating women about entrepreneurship. Born and raised in Michigan and a resident of the city, she is passionate about Detroit and believes that Detroit’s new economy will be driven by innovative entrepreneurs, dedicated non-profits, and committed public servants. She believes that public radio is fundamental in fostering the connective awareness that will drive local and regional renewal.

Email Celeste at cstone(at)wdet(dot)org


Chris Campbell (Host, The Progressive Underground w/ Chris Campbell)


Chris Campbell (aka DJ Cambeaux or DJ CBX) is a writer/DJ/music journalist and tastemaker who has interviewed a wide range of artists and entertainers including Anita Baker, Beyonce, Angie Stone, Amel Larrieux, Swingout Sister, Chris Brown, Amp Fiddler, Juan Atkins, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and numerous others for national and international publications including Upscale, African American Family, Smooth Jazz News, Soul Interviews and Examiner.

His books The Essential Neo Soul and The Essential Neo Soul 2.0 threw a spotlight on the burgeoning progressive soul music movement and the only one of its kind to chronicle its history. As host of the Progressive Underground, Campbell takes listeners on an international, kaleidoscopic, multi-genre musical odyssey by way of creative hand-picked playlists, exclusive one-on-one artist interviews and atmospheric style mixes.




Email Chris at ccampbell(at)wdet(dot)org


Courtney Hurtt (Associate Digital Specialist)


With a deep interest in digital storytelling and design, Courtney creates interesting content to share with our audience in new ways. She’s got a heart for looking at the culture of places and the role people play in their transformation.
When she’s not working you can catch her scrounging for music on 8tracks or writing for Detroitgrams. Courtney graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Comparative Cultures & Politics. Go Green!



Email Courtney at courtney.hurtt(at)wdet(dot)org


Ed Love (Host, Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program)


DET 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.

"I introduce people nightly to new recordings in jazz and play the classics of years gone by -- what I like to call Ed Love Flashbacks." -Ed Love

Email Ed at elove(at)wdet(dot)org


J. Carlisle Larsen (News Producer & 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).



Email J. Carlisle at jlarsen(at)wdet(dot)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.

Email Jay at jbutler(at)wdet(dot)org



Jerome Vaughn (News Director & WDET Host, All Things Considered)


"It's so important to get the next generation of public radio radio news producers involved in the process right now,” says Jerome Vaughn. “We can't afford to let them choose their career path, without considering public radio. So, I'm doing my part to get young people around the country interested in what we do at WDET."
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 four 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. In his spare time, Jerome enjoys spending time with his wife and eight children, coaching his kids' soccer teams and gardening. Jerome also runs the news department's internship program and has served as a mentor for NPR's Next Generation Radio Project.



Email Jerome Vaughn at jvaughn(at)wdet(dot)org


Joan Isabella (Executive Producer, Detroit Today)


"I couldn't pass by this opportunity because the work of WDET in Detroit is so crucial. The Craig Fahle Show is essential to the exchange of ideas and the dialogue in our community.” Joan Cherry Isabella started her media career on a daily, live television show, then moved to talk radio and worked her way up to executive producer at WCAU-AM in Philadelphia. She moved to Detroit in 1989 as executive producer at WXYT-AM. In the early 1990s she was named executive producer of WJBK Television's Dayna Show. Isabella became a partner at C&B Scene, Public Relations before joining Mitch Albom to create and launch "Albom in the Afternoon" on WJR-AM. In 2000, Isabella left WJR to stay home with her newborn son and worked at home as a media consultant until the opportunity to work at WDET drew her back into broadcast industry.




Jon Moshier (Host, Modern Music)


Jon fell in love with radio in his teens and cut his teeth during his college years simultaneously producing shows on four different college/community stations around the Metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and Windsor areas. From 1996 to 2005, he was an integral part of WDET's music department and hosted his own Saturday night free form show. After a three year absence, he returned to WDET in 2010. Jon has always been a champion of new sounds and emerging artists and keeps his focus under the mainstream radar each week to present the best new music on "Modern Music". When he's not in front of the microphone, he's acting as the Executive Music Producer for Doner Advertising in Southfield.

Email Jon at modmusic(at)wdet(dot)org


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.



Email Laura at lweber(at)wdet(dot)org


Lea Thomas (Membership Director)


From professional vocalist to theatre manager, event planner, mom and teacher, Lea has a vast array of experiences that have all led her to WDET. In 2001, her life changed drastically and she focused her energy on being an impassioned speaker for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Michigan. She also proved successful as the Development Director at a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, increasing community partnerships, funding, and volunteer numbers to meet rapidly growing need and capacity.
Lea holds a certificate from The Fundraising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Coming to us as a volunteer, she was soon added to the staff as the Membership Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator, and is delighted to be serving as WDET’s Membership Director. As a third generation Detroiter, she is committed to WDET’s role in informing and engaging our region for positive change. She also has deep and somewhat dubious roots in Detroit. Ask her some time!

Email Lea at lthomas(at)wdet(dot)org


Lisa Brancato (Senior Underwriting Representative)


Lisa Brancato joined the WDET underwriting sales team in October 2011 bringing decades of experience in media and non-profit work in the Detroit area. She calls WDET her “dream job” and loves being a part of a media organization that is relevant and entertaining. 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 passionate about her native Detroit and enjoys bike riding, brisk walks and shopping estate sales. She lives on the east side with her teenage son, daughter and husband.

Email Lisa at lbrancato(at)wdet(dot)org


Martina Guzmán (Feature Reporter/Producer, Detroit Today)


Martina Guzmán is WDET’s community reporter. Before coming to WDET, Martina worked as an independent marketing and Public Relations consultant for television, live music events, film festivals, magazines and political candidates. Recently she directed documentary, The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato, which aired on Detroit Public Television. Martina has been recognized as Best Individual Reporter by the Associated Press of Michigan. She is a graduate of the Journalism School at Columbia University. Martina is committed to bringing the voice of marginalized communities to WDET listeners.



Email Martina at mguzman(at)wdet(dot)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.


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.

Email Michael at mperkins(at)wdet(dot)org



Michelle Srbinovich (General Manager)


Michelle Srbinovich came to WDET in December of 2009 from Campbell-Ewald Advertising where she managed digital projects for Chevy and The National Fatherhood Initiative before serving as a Social Media Strategist and Community Moderator for the award-winning online community - NavyForMoms.com. A self-described "problem solver with a digital toolkit", Michelle is responsible for overseeing the station's business operations and revenue-driving activities.She also oversees digital strategy and community engagement; continually seeking new ways to inform and engage our listeners.
She has earned national respect for her work at WDET and her commitment to bringing new audiences to public service media. Michelle is a passionate advocate for the city of Detroit and is deeply involved with the region's advertising, technology and nonprofit communities. She is the co-founder of the Detroit chapter of Girl Develop It, serves on the Adcraft Club of Detroit's Board of Directors and is the vice chair of the Belle Isle Conservancy's Emerging Patrons Council.



Email Michelle at msrbinovich(at)wdet(dot)org


Pat Batcheller (WDET Host, Morning Edition)


“I’m passionate about the news and the way it’s presented. I want to give you a clear, concise and complete newscast every morning.” Pat has more than twenty-five years of journalism experience and has spent his entire reporting career in Michigan, joining the WDET news team in 2007. A native of the area, Pat grew up in Trenton and is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. He has worked at radio stations in Ludington, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, Howell and Detroit. During his career, Pat has been honored with many awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Michigan Association of Broadcasters for breaking news, feature reporting and newscasts.



Email Pat at pbatcheller(at)wdet(dot)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.

Email Quinn at qklinefelter(at)wdet(dot)org


Rob Reinhart (Host, Essential Music w/ Rob Reinhart)


Rob joined WDET in 2009 to continue the Essential Music vibe through Saturday afternoon (2-5 pm). Rob got a degree in psychology, but always thought it would be best to go on the radio and talk about music. So, that's what he did, first in pop and rock radio, then through syndicated radio comedy. Additionally, Rob owned a production company that produced many well respected radio and TV campaigns (Can you say "Buns Of Steel"?).

In 1994, he launched Acoustic Cafe, a syndicated radio program exploring song craft with some of today's best artists, which is currently aired by 95 radio stations around the country and Voice Of America worldwide. Acoustic Cafe is heard on WDET on Sundays from 9-11 a.m. Recent guests on Acoustic Cafe have included City & Colour, Rod Stewart, The Head & The Heart and Sir Tom Jones. Rob has a wife, a dog and two sons, a jazz trumpeter and a sculptor, so please contribute to his retirement fund. :)



Email Rob at rreinhart(at)wdet(dot)org


Sandra Svoboda, (Content Curator and Blogger, Next Chapter: Detroit)


“What was to be a nine-month stint in Detroit turned into my almost 25 years here because I love this city, its people and its news.” And there has been no bigger, more important story in Sandra Svoboda’s media career than the city’s bankruptcy and recovery from it. Svoboda’s work at WDET running the Next Chapter Detroit site, part of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative and follows the bankruptcy's news and impact. She has previously worked at The Associated Press, The (Toledo) Blade and the Metro Times and is adjunct faculty at Wayne State University. Her work has been recognized by the Association of Alternative News Weeklies, the State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Press Association and Society of Professional Journalists-Detroit Chapter. A native of Chicago, she earned degrees in journalism and history from Indiana University and holds a master’s in public administration from Wayne State University.



Email Sandra at ssvoboda(at)wdet(dot)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.


Shelby Reynolds(Multimedia Designer)


Shelby is a fan of marriage. The marriage of writing and visual storytelling, that is. (But the old-fashioned kind, too.) She, like everyone else here, is compelled to tell the stories of the world around her, and finds science, culture and ordinary folks to be some of the best subjects.

Shelby is also a contract graphic designer and volunteer digital media instructor on the side. She graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Graphic Design.

When she’s not at work you can find her with her church, New City, hanging out with kids, or somewhere in the woods.




Tamika Collier (Office Services Clerk)


Tamika started at WDET in 2007 as a temporary Receptionist. A few months later, she was offered a full time position and later promoted to Office Services Clerk. Her role in addition to servicing our guests, is making sure the front office is ran effectively and processing all donations given to the stations.

Born and raised in Detroit, Tamika has deep passion for helping others. She is studying Psychology, with hopes of becoming a family counselor. She is a people person who likes laugh and live life to the fullest. She volunteers at various agencies tutoring and helping women and children. In her spare time, she likes to read, spend time with her son and listen to music. “Good music makes me happy!”


Travis Wright (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. In 2005, with the late Cantor Stephen Dubov, Wright was commissioned by the Jewish federation to pen an educational musical (which Wright refers to as a Jewsical) called “Chai: Live the Dash.” After years spent as a frustrated poet and fledging creative writer, Travis turned to Detroit’s local alternative weeklies looking for structure and guidance. He was hungry for deadlines.

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.



Email Travis at travis(at)wdet(dot)org


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