May 10, 2023

WDET wins Station of the Year for second consecutive year

Mary Zatina, Sascha Raiyn, El Newman and Jerome Vaughn accept the award for Station of the Year on behalf of WDET.
Mary Zatina, Sascha Raiyn, El Newman and Jerome Vaughn accept the award for Station of the Year on behalf of WDET.

Detroit’s nonprofit radio station, WDET-FM 101.9, was named the top public radio station in the state during the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony at MotorCity Casino Hotel's SoundBoard April 29. 

WDET was awarded Station of the Year for the second consecutive year in the Public Radio Group 2 category.

“It’s an honor to be a part of the MAB and the prestigious network of Michigan public media broadcasters,” said WDET General Manager, Mary Zatina. “As nonprofit public radio in a challenging media environment, WDET works hard on behalf of the Detroit community to inform, educate, entertain and engage through trustworthy news, great music and civil conversation.”

The MAB recognized WDET with eight additional awards, including Station Excellence and Best Of and Merit nods for news and programming in 2022.

“We hope being named Station of the Year and receiving eight additional awards instills deep pride in our members as it does for our staff,” Zatina said.

WDET took home the following awards:

  • Station Excellence – Public Radio Group 2
  • Best Feature/Use of Medium: “Who is painting the ‘Corn Real Good’ signs?” — Eli Newman
  • Best Membership Appeal: “WDET News Superheroes” — Sam Beaubien, Ryan Patrick Hooper, Conor Anderson
  • Best Marketing Materials and Promos: “CultureShift April 19, 2022” — Sam Beaubien, Ryan Patrick Hooper
  • Best Musical Programming: “Best of Detroit 2022 Music Releases on CultureShift” — Sam Beaubien, Ryan Patrick Hooper, Tia Graham, Amanda LeClaire
  • Best Use of New Media: “Tracked and Traced” — WDET News, MSU Science Gallery
  • Merit Hard News and Current Events Story: “Indigenous ceremony in Rouge Park shut down by police” — Russ McNamara
  • Merit Mini-Documentary or Series: “Election 2022” — WDET News

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About WDET-FM 101.9

WDET-FM 101.9 is Detroit’s NPR member station and the region’s top destination for news, music and civil conversation. WDET was named the 2021 Public Radio Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Located on Wayne State University’s campus in Midtown Detroit, WDET reaches over 300,000 fans monthly in their homes, cars and online. Support for WDET comes from listeners, local corporations and foundations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and from Wayne State University – its licensee. Learn more at

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