The Craig Fahle Show

A new opportunity for Craig Fahle and WDET

July 15, 2014

It is with both pride and sadness that we share that our own Craig Fahle has accepted a position to serve as the director of public affairs and senior adviser for the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

Craig has been a central part of WDET for many years and is a true leader. This new opportunity is a testament to his talent and WDET's value to the region. We are deeply appreciative of the great work he has done here and know that he is going to do amazing things in his new role. His last day at WDET will be August 8th.

The Craig Fahle Show is one of WDET’s most important hubs for regional community service and local conversation, so this is more than just a schedule change. We are going through a careful and rigorous process to figure out our next steps.

WDET is a small station with giant ambitions and an enduring commitment to being a meaningful regional service. We will provide you, the listener, with an opportunity to share what you are looking for in a locally-based talk show host later this week. Your input is important, and our mission and commitment to serve you remains the same.

In the meantime, I invite you to read Craig’s letter below and join us in congratulating him on this wonderful opportunity.

Michelle Srbinovich, Co-General Manager

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Dear friends:

I write this with equal parts of sadness, and excitement. As you may have already heard, I have decided to leave WDET and Wayne State University, for an opportunity to work with the Detroit Land Bank Authority. I’m excited because my new job will have me directly involved in helping to craft strategies and plans to restore and repopulate Detroit’s neighborhoods, something I care deeply about. It was not an easy decision; but when it came right down to it, it was an opportunity to serve this city, region, and State in a way that I didn’t think I’d ever have.

It’s sad, because it means that I am leaving something else that I truly love, and that’s WDET. I can’t think of another place that would have allowed me the space and time to grow, both professionally and personally. I also think it’s important to point out that this opportunity would not have happened without you. We have had many discussions over the years about the best path forward for the city, and through that, you have given me a truly amazing gift: your insight, perspective, and experience. I have always listened to you. While we haven’t always agreed on everything, I was always learning something by listening to you. I hope to take that gift, and channel it into something big.

I leave WDET knowing that the station is in good hands, and that WDET’s goal of providing fact based, rational discussion of our shared community will not change. There is an amazing team assembled here, people I have been proud to work with through the years. I have no doubt that whatever comes next will only build on what we have already done together.

I want to thank all of you that have supported me through the nearly 22 years that I have been a part of WDET. I started as an intern in the news department back in 1992... since then I’ve done just about every job one can do at a radio station... mopping floors, shoveling snow off of the satellite dish, answering the phones, playing music, reporting the news, anchoring the news, editing stories, hosting a talk show, and eventually serving as General Manager. It has been time exceptionally well spent, and something I will always value. Above all, I value the relationship that we have shared. Even if we never met each other face to face, it seems as if I know so many of you personally. I don’t think that exists outside of public radio, and it has been truly special.

Thank you for everything.

Craig