A lead gift to kick off the WKAR TV Innovation Fund with a promise to match any donations up to $6,500 - that is the generous commitment recently made by Jim and Sue Spaniolo, a couple with a long history of service to the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
The goal is to establish a $1.5 million endowment to support innovative technology for WKAR TV. Money from the WKAR TV Innovation Fund will go toward the station's goal of building a substantial endowment to ensure that WKAR TV keeps current with industry standards and technological advancements.
"We are proud to support WKAR TV and play a part in assuring its vibrant future as mid-Michigan's source for public media," said Sue Spaniolo, a Michigan State University alumna with a bachelor's degree from the College of Business, who is the director of business operations for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Jim Spaniolo, who earned his bachelor's degree in political science from MSU, served as dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for eight years from 1996 to 2003 before becoming president of the University of Texas at Arlington from 2004 to 2013.
WKAR TV plans to identify qualified programmatic needs that the Innovation Fund will help support to keep the station current and competitive. Cutting-edge technology is essential to WKAR TV's success, reputation and impact in the community.
For the past 60 years, WKAR TV has provided educational and entertaining programming for people of all ages across mid-Michigan. The station continues to build upon that service with WKAR originals, the best from PBS, and community events that bring together people and ideas to Expand Your World.
Besides making the lead gift to the WKAR TV Innovation Fund, the Spaniolos are encouraging others to contribute to help reach the $1.5 million goal.