DPS parent news hotline gets a makeover with the "voice" of WRCJ-FM

The Detroit Public Schools’ Parent News and Information phone line recording – 313 873-4636-has undergone a makeover and is now being recorded by Donald Walker, who serves as the familiar “voice” of WRCJ-FM.

Donald Walker, director of production and education for Detroit Public Schools/WRCJ FM 90.9. and the emcee for three DPS radio shows on WRCJ, will deliver the news on Mondays weekly for DPS’ Parent News and Information phone line recording. Walker also functions as the “voice of the station” at WRCJ-FM, producing underwriting announcements, promos and pre-recorded programs like ArtiFacts, DSO Unmasked and Jazz at the Center.

As the new voice of the DPS Parent News and Information Line, Walker will give parents weekly updates about Detroit Public Schools, chronicling news stories and touting the Great Things Happening in schools and districtwide.

Walker also emcees the “Detroit Public Schools Radio Program,” a 60-minute news variety show produced by students at the Detroit School of Arts that airs the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. on WRCJ FM, which is owned by DPS and managed in a partnership with Detroit Public Television. WRCJ is the premier Classical and Jazz music radio station in Southeast Michigan.

Walker also emcees DPS: Backstage,” a monthly, hour-long showcase of arts in the district that airs on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., and “Inside DPS,” a 30-minute program airing biweekly on Sundays at 7 p.m. Through the shows, he works to showcase students with broadcast interest from across the district. Students who have appeared on the various programs have come from Cass, Detroit School of Arts, Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High, Gompers, J.R. King and Detroit International Academy.

A graduate of the University of Detroit-Mercy in Communications, Walker has been a member of the radio broadcast community since 1988. He has worked as announcer in the Grand Rapids market at WJFM 93.7fm and here in Detroit at Mix 92.3 and Oldies 104.3 WOMC.

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