Wayne State University seeks new home for public radio station WDET


A corner office with ground-floor windows in the Simons building could provide a community-facing studio that could be used for WDET broadcasts and possibly recording audiobooks for WSU Press, Zatina said.

The location also includes a green space that could increase the visibility of WDET and the publisher, serving as space for community programs and concerts, she said.

“That might be an example of some sort of synergy we might have,” she said.

“Why don’t we put a fabulous 30-person gospel choir in their beautiful robes or whatever and play the music in the street for people to watch…and we could stream it live on WDET?”

WSU Press leaders and staff are excited about the opportunity to have a more active and vibrant workspace that celebrates Detroit’s rich diversity of thought, culture, news and information, said Director Stephanie Williams in an emailed statement.

“When Mary and I began discussing the possibility of WDET moving to the Simons Building, we quickly realized we had an opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Detroit community and strengthen Wayne’s footprint in the cultural corridor. We hope that the co-location of these two legacy media institutions will benefit both organizations and allow us to better serve our communities.”

There are still many details to iron out, but organizations have already discussed opportunities to leverage the knowledge of their staff and the cultural and social impact they each have, she said.

“It could be events that we can do in space, audio projects, and public projects working with written text and audio or music,” Williams said.

WDET’s move, if approved and funded, would coincide with Zatina’s big plans for the station.

The public radio station, which was recently named Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, offers news, public affairs, programs and music, as well as a subchannel that reads aloud newspapers, books and grocery flyers for the blind and printed matter. -disabled community.

WDET attracts listeners from all over the United States and 47 countries, much more tuned since the show Don Was launched a year ago, Zatina said.

“This summer we think we’re going to be the source to bring three important concerts to listeners around the world: Concert of Colours, Detroit Jazz Fest and we think we could do the techno festival,” Zatina said in reference to the 2022 Festival. electronic movement music.

The station operates on a budget of $5.2 million, including in-kind support from WSU. He finished the last two years in the black after losses the previous year and posted a $770,000 surplus last year with a Paycheck Protection Program loan and extra cash from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Zatina said.


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