Fischer family gift funds programming on WPSX-TV

May 30, 2003

University Park, Pa. -- A $100,000 gift from the Floyd and Naomi Fischer family to Penn State Public Broadcasting's WPSX-TV will fund the creation, production and broadcast of educational and entertainment programming for public television viewers in Pennsylvania and beyond.

"The Fischer family's generous gift recognizes the value of quality programming for communities, schools and industries throughout the WPSX TV coverage area," Ted Krichels, assistant vice president for outreach and general manager of Penn State Public Broadcasting, said. "Their gift builds on the foundation for public broadcasting that Floyd Fischer helped to create at Penn State. He was one of the pioneers in developing the University's public television station and helping to shape what WPSX-TV is today."

Julie Cleland, chair of Penn State Public Broadcasting's Board of Representatives, said, "As a WPSX-TV volunteer, I am thankful to the Fischer family for recognizing the value of public broadcasting. One of the greatest assets of WPSX-TV is its ability to develop and deliver local programming, and the Fischer family gift will go a long way toward supporting development of exciting new programs."

Tracy Vosburgh, station manager of Penn State Public Broadcasting, added, "Having funds available for developing projects focused on local topics is so rewarding. This is a wonderful gift that will enable us to create programming for our WPSX audience."

Licensed to broadcast in 1965, WPSX-TV reaches more than 500,000 households in 29 central Pennsylvania and southern New York counties. The station produces nearly 300 programs a year and provides 8,760 hours of public television programming. About 150 Penn State faculty members share their expertise through WPSX each year.

Floyd Fischer spent 40 years with Penn State, gaining national recognition for his contributions to the continuing education field and for his leadership in the expansion of continuing education activities at Penn State. In his tenure as vice president of Continuing Education, he was responsible for overseeing the development of WPSX-TV. He retired from the University in 1979.

Both Floyd and Naomi Fischer earned their degrees from Penn State in 1937. They were both very actively involved with Penn State.

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