WDET Named Public Radio Station of the Year, Wins Tops in Many Categories – [email protected]

WDET News Director Jerome Vaughn, surrounded by colleagues, holds the station’s award for Public Radio Station of the Year 2021. More than 939 entries were entered into the competition.

Detroit’s NPR station WDET-101.9 FM has cause for celebration — the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) named it Public Radio Station of the Year for 2021.

The honor was announced earlier this month at the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in broadcasting by Michigan’s commercial and public television and radio stations. In 2021, more than 939 nominations were entered into the competition. WDET competes in Group 2 of the Public Radio Broadcast Excellence Award divisions, which is for stations with budgets over $2 million.


“We are extremely honored to have received this MAB award and to share this honor with all of our members and listeners who have supported us over the years,” said WDET CEO Mary Zatina. “This award is for Detroit and the Detroiters. We are a station for the community, by the community, and their support and contribution makes us better every year. WDET will continue to put its connection to the community at the heart of our operations.

In addition to being named Public Radio Station of the Year, WDET won numerous awards for its news and programming throughout 2021:

  • Best Newscast: 5-hour newscast with Pat Batcheller (April 1, 2021)
  • Best Mini-Documentary or Series: “The Constitution” – Detroit Today Book Club read the US Constitution and the WDET news team covered its relevance in the news
  • Better media functionality/use: Report by Laura Herberg, “Why does steam sometimes come out of manhole covers in Detroit?” »
  • Best Membership Call: “I’m Too Sexy sketch” by Sam Beaubien and Ryan Hooper
  • Best Music Programming: “Guitar Riffs at 50” by Rob Reinhart
  • Better use of new media: Podcast on the science of grief
  • Many merit awards were also won for WDET programming, including the Artists Next Door Series; the feature film Vintage Library Production Music by Jon Mosher; the Broken Car Explainer Membership Call; “Marvin Gaye What’s Going On 50th Anniversary” by Ann Delisi; and “Threats to future elections are real. This is what is being done to protect democracy” by the Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson team and “Two Legends: A Conversation Between Ed Love and Dennis Archer,” which was honored in the Special Interest and Cultural Programming category.

WDET’s winning entries can be heard on the WDET website. The full list of winners and links to watch/listen to the winning entries are available now at BroadcastExcellenceAwards.com.

About WDET

WDET is Detroit’s NPR station and a community service of Wayne State University. From in-depth community reporting to national NPR news coverage, WDET is a trusted source for credible news and information. Its mix of local and national programming is produced by award-winning journalists who highlight diverse perspectives and invite local voices into conversations. WDET’s mission is to be an authentic voice of Detroit.

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