Pat Batcheller has joined the WDET news team as the new local host for NPR's afternoon news magazine "All Things Considered" (airing weekdays from 4pm to 7pm). A native of the area, Batcheller grew up in Trenton and is a graduate of University of Michigan and Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. His professional experience has always been focused on news with his first job in radio at WKZC in Scottville, Michigan as News Director. From there he worked in news radio at stations in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo and Howell before landing back in Detroit at WWJ where he was a producer and editor for nine years. During his career, Pat has been honored with many awards from the Associated Press and Michigan Association of Broadcasters for breaking news, feature reporting and newscasts.
"Being the youngest in my family, I was always the last to know what was going on - I think that is why I got into news," said Batcheller. "I hope after hearing a newscast, listeners feel that they learned some things and got to know their community a little better."
Detroit Public Radio and Michigan Radio are pleased to be hosting a live nationwide broadcast of the popular NPR news program “Talk of the Nation” with Neal Conan, on Thursday, July 26, from 2-4 pm at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
This live broadcast will focus on the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riots. Panelists will discuss the social and economic factors that led up to the riots, and what, if any, changes have come about because of them.
Additionally, the program will examine the current state of Detroit’s once-booming automotive industry, as it embarks on one of the most important labor negotiations in its history.
Listeners are invited to be part of the audience for this live broadcast. Admission is free, but space is limited and advance reservations are required. If listeners would like to attend, they can sign up for tickets at wdet.org. There is a limit of 2 tickets per person.