DETROIT PUBLIC TELEVISION MOURNS THE PASSING OF FRED ERB, ONE OF DETROIT'S FOREMOST COMMUNITY LEADERS
Fred A. Erb
February 11, 1923 - January 10, 2013
DETROIT (February 5, 2013) – Fred was a founding member of Detroit Public TV’s community Board of Trustees, serving from 1969 to 1978. We and our viewers benefitted from his decades of vision and support, and recognized the Erb Family with our Leadership Award in 2008.
Fred and wife Barbara also established a successful million-dollar challenge as part of the transformative capital campaign for DPTV’s new broadcast and community facility, and helped us close the campaign with an additional major gift.
Most recently, the Erb Family Foundation, acting on Fred's love of nature, has supported our telecasts and webcasts of the Great Lakes Week conferences. And the Foundation continues to provide major annual operating support for DPTV, and the programming on Channel 56.
In addition, Fred's personal love of jazz epitomized his connection with the evening programs on WRCJ 90.9FM, a service of Detroit Public Schools, managed by Detroit Public Television.
The stations he loved reflected his values. We will miss his lifelong involvement and are proud to continue the tradition and values of Fred Erb.
About Detroit Public Television
Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is the non-commercial, viewer-supported PBS-member station watched by more than 1.5 million people in Detroit and Southeast Michigan and another 1.2 million people throughout Canada. DPTV also manages WRCJ 90.9 FM, Detroit's classical and jazz radio station, in collaboration with the license-holder, the Detroit Public Schools. The radio station is located in the Detroit School of Arts. DPTV is licensed to the Detroit Educational Television Foundation and governed by a volunteer board of trustees from the local business, civic, and cultural communities.