WDET receives 11 MAB awards, including best newscast and musical programming

WDET hosts Pat Batcheller and Jon Moshier took home top honors.

WDET hosts Pat Batcheller and Jon Moshier.

WDET "Morning Edition" host Pat Batcheller (left) and "Modern Music" host Jon Moshier.

Detroit Public Radio 101.9 WDET picked up 11 Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ 2023 Broadcast Excellence Awards during a ceremony on April 6.

WDET’s Morning Edition host Pat Batcheller swept the “Best Newscast” category, winning both the top and runner-up spots. WDET also swept the “Best Musical Programming” category, with longtime Modern Music host Jon Moshier winning the award for his 2023 Halloween special — and WDET Creative Director Sam Beaubien’s interview with Detroit DJ Kyle Hall for Sam’s Jams Live receiving merit recognition.

“WDET has been telling Detroit’s most critical stories and news since 1949, so it is exciting to be honored by MAB in this anniversary year where we are celebrating our past and bringing new listener-requested programming forward,” said WDET General Manager, Mary Zatina. “These awards acknowledge WDET’s excellence in news, music and conversation and in February, we introduced even more local Detroit and music programs and hosts that showcase and complement our beloved shows and that reflect the Detroit community itself.”

See the entire list of 2023 MAB awards won by WDET below.

Best in Category

Marketing Materials & Promos

CultureShift Promo – Detroit Youth Choir” – Sam Beaubien, Tia Graham

Musical Programming

Modern Music – Jon Moshier

News Special or Public Affairs Program

Reckoning 375 – Stephen Henderson, Nick Austin, Sam Corey, Adam Fox, David Leins


“WDET 5 a.m. Newscast June 8, 2023” – Pat Batcheller

Membership Appeal

“WDET Testimonial – Satori Shakoor” – Sam Beaubien


Feature/Use of Medium

CuriosiD: What’s with all the white tile burger joints in metro Detroit?” – Russ McNamara

Marketing Materials & Promos
CultureShift Promo – Mario Moore” – Sam Beaubien, Ryan Patrick Hooper

Music Programming

Sam’s Jams Live: Kyle Hall” – Sam Beaubien


“WDET 5 a.m. Newscast Sept. 15, 2023” – Pat Batcheller

Use of Multiplatform Media – Programming Materials

Community Involvement

Sounds Like Detroit” – WDET Staff

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