July 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Craig Fahle leaving WDET to join Detroit Land Bank Authority

WDET's Craig Fahle moderates a diversity forum in Grosse Pointe in March of this year. He is leaving the station to become special adviser and director of public affairs for the Detroit Land Bank Authority. (Steve Perez / The Detroit News)

Craig Fahle, host of WDET-FM’s morning “Craig Fahle Show,” is leaving the station to become director of public affairs for the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

The Detroit Land Bank acquires troubled houses and property in the city, and is running the “Neighbors Wanted” campaign, auctioning the properties off to new owners to stabilize neighborhoods.

Fahle’s last day on his WDET show will be Aug. 8. He starts with the city Aug. 11.

“I’ve been talking about what needs to be done in this community for a long time, I’ve had a million conversations about this, and I’ve got a lot of good ideas and insight,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to see if I can make a difference.”

In his new job, Fahle will be responsible for the way the Land Bank interacts with the public through its programs and its website, www.BuildingDetroit.org.

Mayor Mike Duggan was effusive in his praise of Fahle.

“Craig is going to be a great asset to the community over at the Land Bank,” Duggan said in a statement. “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.”

“This was not an easy decision,” Fahle said. He wasn’t looking to make a change. The Western Michigan University graduate has spent 22 years in the news business. Of that time, he was host of the “Craig Fahle Show,” which airs 9 a.m.-noon weekdays, for the last four (it was “Detroit Today” before that).

“It’s not so much that I was looking to get out, but (the city) asked me to do it,” he said. “I will miss part of it, no question. But sometimes at 47 years old, it’s a good time to think about what’s going to happen next.”

Fahle has also been interim co-general manager of WDET, with Michelle Srbinovich.

“The mission of what I wanted to accomplish is secure there,” he said.

“We’re really excited for Craig,” Srbinovich said. As far as a replacement for the Fahle show: “We’re going to take our time deciding,” she said. “We want to make sure to take our time to reflect on what’s available to us, and what best serves the audience, possibly a local/national partnership.”