Former assistant GM will lead Detroit’s WDET

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Mary Zatina will join Detroit’s WDET-FM as GM next month.

Zatina is an alumna of Wayne State University, WDET’s licensee, and was assistant GM at the station from 1985–88. She replaces Michelle Srbinovich, who resigned in July to become managing director of civic news organization success for the American Journalism Project.

Zatina has been a SVP at Oakwood Healthcare and Beaumont Health for almost 13 years. Before that, she was chief of staff for Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s husband, Daniel Mulhern, from 2003–07. She was also an advisor to the governor.

After working for WDET, she was manager of individual giving for Detroit Public Television from 1988–91. She later became director of corporate communications for DTE Energy, a utility company, until 2001. For less than a year in 2002, she was SVP for Campbell Ewald, a marketing company.

“It’s been a while since I worked at WDET, but I have maintained my strong belief in the station’s mission and the critical role it plays to serve metro Detroiters,” Zatina said in a news release. “I’ve never stopped listening to and supporting WDET. I am excited to be coming home, and looking forward to working with this dedicated and dynamic team of professionals.”

“We are delighted that Mary is joining us at WDET. Her wealth of leadership experience and her deep connections in the greater Detroit community are a perfect fit for the station,” said Michael Wright, VP of communications and marketing at Wayne State and interim GM. “I have no doubt WDET will thrive under her leadership.”

Zatina will begin in the role Jan. 2.

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