Ann Delisi has been a part of the Detroit media landscape for more than 35 years. A Wayne State Music School grad and former WDET Music Host and Music Director (1983-1995), Ann returned to WDET in 2009 to host Essential Music, a program dedicated to exploring the history of music, creating a platform for Detroit musicians, discovering new music and listening to what is next on the musical horizon. As a broadcaster, music host and storyteller, Ann creates features that highlight iconic artists, landmark albums and has curated hundreds of shows. As an interviewer, she's talked with everyone from David Bowie to White House Photographer Pete Souza to Iggy Pop and her curiosity about the creative spirit led to the podcast series, Essential Conversations. Her passion for food and those who make it led to another podcast/broadcast, Essential Cooking, with her co-host, award-winning chef, James Rigato.

She is an accomplished voiceover talent and for 5 years, Ann hosted the Detroit Public Television program, Backstage Pass, a weekly arts and culture program highlighting Detroit's artistic community. She has donated her time to working with The Greening of Detroit, Karmanos Cancer Institute and other Detroit non-profits.

Live on WDET: Strange Heart

Metro Detroit band Strange Heart stopped by WDET as part of the revived Essential Music Tour, performing a stripped down...

Ann Delisi: Celebrating 65 years of Motown Records

Sixty-five years ago, on Jan. 12, 1959, Motown Records was born. No one could have predicted the parade of supremely...

Ann Delisi: BLKBOK talks Juneteenth, latest album and more at Willis Show Bar

Neoclassical pianist and Detroiter BLKBOK had a big year in 2023. A former touring musician with major artists like John...

Ann Delisi: Nabil Ayers reflects on music career during interview at Third Man Records

Rock drummer, music entrepreneur and author Nabil Ayers joined me in front of a live audience at Detroit's Third Man...

Ann Delisi: BLKBOK shares inspiration behind his new album ‘9’

BLKBOK is a neoclassical pianist from right here in Detroit, whose career has taken him out on the road —...

Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland reflects on his hall of fame career

Stewart Copeland — the composer, arranger and drummer for The Police — joined forces with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to...

Don Was Reflects on 40th anniversary of the Was (Not Was) album ‘Born to Laugh at Tornadoes’

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Born to Laugh at Tornadoes, the second studio album from legendary Detroit band Was...

Avalon’s Jackie Victor reminisces on the bakery’s profound history in the Cass Corridor

One of my favorite places in the city of Detroit has been Avalon International Breads. Their Cass Corridor bakery has...

Ann Delisi: Detroit Free Press names Ladder 4 Wine Bar 2023 restaurant of the year

The Detroit Free Press announced today that Ladder 4 Wine Bar is the 2023 restaurant of the year. Located in...

Ann Delisi: Detroit Free Press reveals No. 1-5 best new restaurants

We're one day closer to learning the Detroit Free Press' pick for their 2023 restaurant of the year, which will...

Ann Delisi: Detroit Free Press reveals No. 6-10 best new restaurants and more

The Detroit Free Press announced the first half of their ten best new restaurants and more list for 2023. According...

Ann Delisi: Detroit Free Press announces Tallulah as Restaurant of the Year Classic

The Detroit Free Press officially kicks off the reveal of their 2023 Best New Restaurants list this week, starting with...