Meet the group of awesome people that keep your favorite radio station up and running.
Mary Zatina came to WDET as General Manager in 2020. She is responsible for all aspects of the station’s public service to the Metro Detroit community.
Jerome Vaughn is News Director at 101.9 WDET. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, after his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio.
Associate Director of Philanthropy
Carmen Garcia is Associate Director of Philanthropy for 101.9 WDET and wears many hats, all of which build relationships for WDET.
Associate Director of Revenue
Director of Marketing & Communications
Susan Hanchett-Nowinski is the Director of Marketing & Communications for WDET. She is responsible for the station’s marketing and branding campaigns.
Host, Detroit Today
Stephen Henderson is host of Detroit Today and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He is Executive Editor of BridgeDetroit and host of American Black Journal on Detroit Public Television.
Producer, Detroit Today
Sam Corey is a producer for Detroit Today on 101.9 WDET, which includes finding and preparing interesting stories for radio. He enjoys salsa dancing — and actual salsa.
Tia Graham is a Detroit native, born and raised on the city’s westside. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tia has covered a diverse expanse of topics: science, environment and arts, to racial, gender and economic equity, in addition to politics, including President Obama’s trip to Lansing in 2014. She’s worked with Detroit Public Television as a studio producer for the award-winning news show American Black Journal and other DPTV shows. Tia is also a former traffic reporter with WWJ Newsradio 950 and WDET Weekend Edition host. She joined the CultureShift team as a host and producer in 2022 to bring her passion for Detroit’s arts, music and culture to WDET listeners.
Ryan Patrick Hooper
Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. As a longtime arts and culture reporter and photographer, Hooper has covered stories for NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine. He was awarded the RTDNA Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for feature reporting in 2020. His juggalo-inspired I.C.Pizza costume was selected by the Huffington Post as one of the best Halloween costumes of 2014.
Amanda LeClaire is an award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. She’s a founding producer of WDET’s flagship news talk show Detroit Today, a former Morning Edition host at WDET, and a former host, audio and video producer, and reporter for Arizona Public Media. She’s reported on stories as diverse as the decriminalization of psychedelic substances, the economic and environmental impact of mineral mining in Wyoming, how anomalous phenomena and research into UAPs has affected the lives of some people in the Southwest, and the impact of President Barack Obama’s historic 2008 election night in Detroit. Amanda is also a creative writer, artist, certified intuitive and energy healer, and professional tarot reader.
David Leins is WDET’s Podcast Manager. He also oversees the StoryMakers program. When he isn’t making radio and podcasts, David is probably on a hike somewhere marveling at the trees.
Host, Morning Edition; Senior News Editor
Pat Batcheller is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news, traffic and weather updates during Morning Edition. He is an amateur musician.
Senior News Editor
Quinn Klinefelter is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, anchoring midday newscasts and reporting stories for WDET, NPR and the BBC. He was literally on top of the news when he finished an interview with then-Senator Bob Dole by stepping on his shoes.
Eli Newman is a Reporter/Producer for 101.9 WDET, covering breaking news, politics and community affairs. His favorite Motown track is “It’s The Same Old Song” by the Four Tops.
Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.
Host, All Things Considered
Russ McNamara is the host of All Things Considered for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news to the station’s loyal listeners. He’s been an avid listener of WDET since he moved to Metro Detroit in 2002.
Laura Herberg is a Reporter for 101.9 WDET, telling the stories about people inhabiting the Detroit region and the issues that affect us here.
Nargis Hakim Rahman
Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.
Alex McLenon is an Associate Reporter/Producer with 101.9 WDET. McLenon is a graduate of Wayne State University, where he studied Media Arts & Production and Broadcast Journalism.
Digital Content & Strategy Manager
Digital Content & Communities Assistant
Sophia Jozwiak is the Digital Content & Communities Assistant for 101.9 WDET, supporting the adaptation of radio content for digital platforms and monitoring social media engagement. Her favorite time to listen to the station is while crafting.
Host, Ann Delisi’s Essential Music
Ann Delisi hosts Essential Music, the Essential Conversations podcast series and the Essential Cooking broadcast and podcast. Born and raised in the Motor City, Ann is a broadcaster, interviewer, producer, music host, storyteller and proud Detroiter.
Host, The Progressive Underground
Chris Campbell has a deep interest in curating Detroit’s rich music scene and presenting it to the world-at-large.
Host, Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program
For more than 37 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.
Host, Modern Music
Jon Moshier is host of Modern Music. Always with an ear to the underground, Moshier presents the best in new music and emerging artists each week.
Host, Rob Reinhart’s Essential Music, Acoustic Cafe, CultureShift
Rob Reinhart is host of WDET’s “Essential Music,” “CultureShift” and the syndicated program “Acoustic Cafe,” heard on 125 stations around the country, and stations from Greece to New Zealand. He’s voted in 10 presidential elections: 4 wins, 6 losses.
Host, This Island Earth
Ismael Ahmed is the host of “This Island Earth.” 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.
Host, Soul Saturday
Nick Austin hosts Soul Saturday, merging genres like soul and hip-hop with electronica and funk into a rich tapestry of sound that is uniquely Detroit.
Host, Jay’s Place
Jay Butler hosts Jay’s Place. With almost five decades of broadcast experience, he is a familiar voice to generations of Detroiters.
Sam Beaubien is a musician, composer, producer, and educator in Detroit. He is also the founder and leader of the acclaimed ensemble, Will Sessions.
Conor Anderson is an Audio Engineer and Producer for 101.9 WDET, ensuring quality audio content for the station from underwriting to live bands, podcasts, and broadcasts. He’s a Yooper that likes techno, and he’s looking for a coney that serves pasties.
Audio Production Assistant
Michael Rankin is an Underwriting Representative for 101.9 WDET-FM, working with businesses and advertising agencies to build campaigns and events that engage with WDET’s audience. Rankin has five-star ratings as an Uber passenger and AirBnB guest.
Sr. Technical Operations Manager
Matt Trevethan is Senior Technical Operations Manager for 101.9 WDET.
Senior Systems Administrator
Ryan Carlson is Senior Systems Administrator for 101.9 WDET. He’s a sports nut who’s also a techy, and is always trying to figure out how and why the things we use work.
Tiffany Treadwell is a Membership Specialist for 101.9 WDET. She is a lifelong Detroiter and is currently pursuing her postbaccalaureate degree at Wayne State University. She has extensive Development and fundraising experience where she worked at Wayne State Law School and Planned Giving. She enjoys eating sushi, spending time in nature, and spinning her ever-growing vinyl collection.
Josh Linden is a Member Services Assistant at 101.9 WDET. He believes in the importance of clear, open communication, which he hopes to extend to anyone calling in to Member Services.
Katie Johnson is a Member Services Assistant at 101.9 WDET. She loves animals and the outdoors.
Nikki Roach is the Multimedia Designer for 101.9 WDET. Her favorite colors are electric blue and sky blue.
Education Reporting Intern
Beat Reporting Intern
Audio Production Intern
Audio Production Intern
Reporting & Engagement Intern
WDET also offers paid internships for Detroit Today, Membership Services and several other departments.