The Detroit Land Bank announced that it has hired popular Detroit Public Radio talk show host Craig Fahle as Director of Public Affairs.
Over the past 14 years, Fahle has earned a large, dedicated following through his daily program on WDET (101.9 FM). He has used his show as a regular forum to discuss issues that affect Detroiters and the neighborhoods in which they live.
“I’ve watched in amazement at what the Land Bank has been able to accomplish in such a short period of time and am thrilled to now be a part of it,” Fahle said. “This is an incredible opportunity to step out from behind the microphone, where I talk about issues that affect Detroiters on a daily basis, and into a role where I actually will be able to have influence on them. I have loved every minute I have spent with WDET and will be forever grateful to the station and my listeners for their support over the years,” Fahle added.
In his new role, Fahle will be chiefly responsible for establishing how the Land Bank presents itself to the public, through its programs and its popular website, www.BuildingDetroit.org.
Mayor Mike Duggan praised the Land Bank’s selection of Fahle.
“Craig is going to be a great asset to the community over at the Land Bank,” Mayor Duggan said. “He understands exactly the importance of our auction and how it and other Land Bank programs are going to transform neighborhoods across Detroit. He also brings more than just his skills as a professional communicator to his new role. Craig will play an important role in the future direction the Land Bank takes.”
Fahle has spent the vast majority of his life here in Metro Detroit. After studying Political Science and history at Western Michigan University, Craig attended the Specs Howard School of Media Arts. While there, Craig turned an internship at WDET into a job covering Detroit’s city council. In 1994, Craig went to work the State Capitol beat for the Michigan Public Radio network. He returned to WDET in 1996, where he was a reporter, and eventually local host of Morning Edition, a post he held for nine years. He left WDET for a second time, for an editorial position at public radio station WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1997, Craig found himself returning home to WDET to handle his dream job hosting a daily talk show.
As Public Affairs Director, Fahle will help to keep the Land Bank headed in a direction that is in harmony with the community it serves, said Land Bank Director Rick Weiner
“Through his radio program and community involvement, Craig has a great sense of where the Land Bank needs to be headed and how to communicate that to the public,” Weiner said. “With his help, the Land Bank will grow in the impact it has in strengthening our neighborhoods and growing our city’s population.”
Fahle will officially begin work at the Land Bank on August 11th.