One of Detroit radio’s most popular personalities will return to the local airwaves this fall as Dave Wagner becomes program director and morning host for WRCJ-FM 90.9. Wagner, whose vast music knowledge and wry sense of humor are familiar to classical music fans from his 17 years at WQRS-FM 105.1, has been hired by the new Detroit classical and jazz station. The announcement was made today by 90.9 WRCJ Station Manager Robert Scott.
Wagner commented, "It’s great to have classical music back in Detroit and I’m so proud to be part of the team to make this happen." His role at WRCJ will be similar as the one he held at WQRS, which abandoned a classical music format in 1997. He will guide the mix of daytime classical and nighttime jazz and the overall content of the station, which is operated by Detroit Public Television and is licensed to Detroit Public Schools. Wagner will also become 90.9 FM Morning Show host when the station shifts from Classical 24 satellite programming to locally-based broadcasts from its new studios in the Detroit School of Arts this fall.
Wagner will assume duties as program director on September 6. The date for his debut as morning host is undetermined. Dave Wagner is a 35-year radio veteran with experience at commercial and public radio stations. Since 2001, he has been program director of classical radio station WMZT-FM in Los Angeles. He is also Professor of Music at Madonna University in Livonia. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.
Major funding for the start up of WRCJ’s classical and jazz operations is provided by The Kresge Foundation.