Alumni and Friends

Two more plaques have been added to the WOUB Major Donor Wall

There are now four plaques on the WOUB Major Donor Wall located on the third floor of the Radio and Television Building outside the WOUB newsroom. Two more were added last week in honor of the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation WOUB Internship Fund (in Memory of Jan and Olivia Sole) and the Larry Katz WOUB Sports Student Leadership and Production Fund.

The King Family WOUB Internship Fund helps support salaries for student interns to stay on campus over the summers to participate full-time in news gathering and production. The fund was established in memory of Jan Sole (1956-2007) and her late daughter, Olivia Gray Sole (1989-2004). Jan Sole graduated from OHIO’s Journalism school in 1979 and worked at WOUB as a radio producer and host of the station’s classical music program for 25 years.

King Award WOUB

Former WOUB Student Larry Katz ’77 established the Katz WOUB Sports Fund to provide general support for sports productions and content produced by students working at WOUB. It benefits students working on productions like Gridiron Glory, Hardwood Heroes, The Bobcat Sports Showcase, Ace Nation, SportsBeat, NewsWatch and others. The fund helps pay student wages and/or supporting costs including student travel to cover sporting events.

Katz Award WOUB

The King Family and Katz plaques are located next to plaques honoring Doug Drew ’78 and Ed Williams. Drew was the first to make a six-figure donation which exclusively supports students at WOUB. Drew’s donation established the Doug Drew WOUB Student Professional Development Fund which is used to provide general support for professional development experiences for students involved with WOUB to prepare them for careers in media. Williams, a former WOUB engineer, increased support for his endowed fund. The Edmund A. Williams Technology Oriented Leadership Award provides $2000 to at least one WOUB student annually. WOUB students apply for the award and the winner is selected by WOUB professional staff members.

“We can’t thank the Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation and Larry Katz enough for their support of the student experience at WOUB,” said WOUB General Manager Mark Brewer. “This donor wall is a testament to the value of the hands-on professional media training students get at WOUB and we are so thrilled that alumni and friends are supporting this work in such a wonderful way.”

About WOUB Public Media

As a member station of both NPR and PBS, WOUB Public Media is a trusted source of news, local content and educational resources that have proven to be worthy of the time, effort and support of our users. WOUB, an experiential-learning unit of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, is a non-profit, community-supported multimedia organization which provides online and broadcast services, along with non-broadcast educational services and student professional development. WOUB serves 55 counties throughout southeastern Ohio, western West Virginia and eastern Kentucky with its broadcast signals. WOUB Radio’s FM Network has transmitters in Athens, Chillicothe, Ironton, Zanesville and Cambridge, while WOUB AM serves the immediate Athens area. WOUB TV is made up of seven television channels (WOUB HD, WOUB Classic, WOUB World, WOUB Create, WOUB Ohio, WOUB Kids and WOUB Voicecorps Reading Service) which are broadcast from two transmitters.

Through its support of public service, teaching, research and administrative missions, along with its high-quality local content and programming, WOUB enriches, enhances and expands the lives and horizons of the people in the communities it serves, as well as Ohio University faculty, staff and students. 

January 5, 2024
Cheri Russo