About WDET

Detroit's Public Radio Station


From our studios in Midtown Detroit, WDET 101.9FM creates and curates an award-winning mix of news, music and cultural content that is unique as the city and region we serve. As Detroit's flagship NPR station, WDET broadcasts and contributes to popular national shows like Morning Edition and All Things Considered in addition to producing over 60 hours of original local programming each week. 

As community service of Wayne State University, we use the power of our broadcast and digital channels to inspire and educate listeners at home and away.  Our radio signal is one of the most powerful in southeast Michigan and extends to northwest Ohio and southwest Ontario. Each week, we reach a growing audience of over 200,000 listeners and can be heard online around the world through WDET.org and the WDET mobile app.

For nearly 70 years, WDET has provided an independent voice for the Detroit region. Founded by the United Auto Workers in in 1948, Wayne State University has held WDET's license since 1952 to serve in the public interest. Support for WDET comes from Wayne State, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and through private donors and corporate underwriting. More than half of our annual operating revenue is contributed directly by listeners. 


Mission & Vision

WDET is the authentic voice of Detroit. We serve an engaged, diverse and curious audience through trusted news, inclusive conversations and cultural experiences that empower our community to move forward.


To accomplish this mission, WDET is committed to:

  • Expanding the reach and impact of our award-winning local journalism service;
  • Leading as a significant voice for the arts and a cultural convener;
  • Contributing to the regional vitality by serving as a leader in Detroit’s national and international media presence


WDET follows the Public Media Code of Integrity, Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, and the NPR Ethics Guidelines.



Programming & Events

WDET is Detroit's most active promoter of local music, a significant voice for arts and culture and one of the few remaining providers of local news. From hand-picked playlists to thought-provoking conversations, our local programming is distinctively Detroit.  WDET hosts bring their passion and wealth of knowledge to each show and bring audiences into the conversation. Our award-winning journalists deliver facts and diverse perspectives that encourage listeners to make up their own minds. National programs from trusted partners like NPR provide a window to the world, exposing Detroiters to new ideas and building a deeper understanding of complex issues. Events produced by WDET and our partners provide opportunities to experience local culture, be inspired by thought-leaders and creators, and connect with like-minded people.

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As a non-profit institution, WDET is committed to enhancing life in Detroit. WDET shares the truth of what our listeners live each day, providing platforms for Detroiters to tell their own stories and serving as a megaphone for the voices that often go unheard. In-depth local journalism helps residents make informed decisions, strengthening the social fabric of our region by promoting civic and government transparency and accountability. As a cultural resource, WDET produces innovative programming that reflects our rich history and diverse community, while exposing listeners to new ideas and hundreds of other local arts organizations.

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Programming and services provided by WDET 101.9 FM are made possible with support from station members and underwriters. A number of initiatives are also made possible with investment from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and The Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation.