WDET-FM (Detroit) reports that Nkenge Zola, former 101.9 staffer and host of “All Things Considered” has passed away. She began working at WDET in 1976. A couple of years later, she created a WDET program called “Everywhere Music Goes.” She started a new show, “The Nkenge Zola Program”, in 1985. It featured music and poetry, performances and interviews with artists from around the world.
Zola moved to WDET’s news department in the early 1990s, and began hosting “All Things Considered.”
She received awards for her work from many organizations including the Detroit Coalition of Human Rights, the Detroit Press Club, The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Associated Press. Zola won the Loretta Moore Feminist of the Year award from the Detroit Chapter of the National Organization of Women in 1997.
Zola even traveled to Africa for the United Nations’ “International Decade of Women” conference as part of a Detroit delegation.
In a post on the station’s website, station news director Jerome Vaughn wrote, “Zola brought a deep sense of culture, language and history to everything she did. Those who knew her can think of a million more small things she did to shape our lives in big ways. She regularly urged us to live “in the moment fully.” I’ll continue to take her advice on that. I will miss her.”
Funeral services are pending.