Public WDET-FM 101.9 has announced Michael Coleman as the station's new General Manager. Coleman, a Detroit area native, has spent the past two years as the Deputy Director of Michigan Public Media, which operates public radio stations WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, and WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint and public television station WFUM-TV Flint.
Prior to being Deputy Director, he was Director of Marketing and Development for five years. He is experienced in all facets of broadcasting, and has particular expertise in areas of fundraising including individual giving, corporate support, major and planned giving and foundation relations. He begins his duties as WDET General Manager on August 8, 2005. "We are simply delighted to have someone as experienced as Michael to take the lead at WDET," said Stephen Brown, Wayne State University Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "He's bringing a proven track record and a vision that will further energize the station's growth."
Coleman was selected following an exhaustive national search that began in February and included candidates from around the country.
He replaces Caryn Mathes, who left the station in February to manage a public radio station in Washington DC. Coleman arrives at WDET as the station's popularity continues to grow. WDET was named "Best Radio Station" in the HOUR Detroit magazine 2005 reader's poll and has just been nominated by Radio & Records as "Triple A Station of the Year - Noncommercial." The WDET news department has also been honored with a number of awards from the Michigan Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists - Detroit Chapter.
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to serve WDET and the metropolitan Detroit community," said Michael Coleman, incoming WDET General Manager. "I'm looking forward to this new chapter in my career and to leading one of America's greatest radio stations.