NPR will announce bequest it says is the largest ever

November 06, 2003|By SUN STAFF

National Public Radio will announce today that it has received a bequest it calls "the largest monetary gift ever received by an American cultural institution."

"They have a very generous donor who made a really big bequest. It's really slick," said U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat and co-chairman of the congressional Public Broadcasting Caucus.

Neither Blumenauer nor NPR president Kevin Klose would provide further details, including the bequest amount or the giver. "I'm not talking about this today to anyone," Klose said last night. He will join Blumenauer in making the official announcement at a news conference this afternoon in Washington.

The bequest is expected to be split into two awards: one to NPR, and one to KPBS in San Diego, an NPR affiliate. Why the California station? "Because of where the gift is coming from," an NPR spokesman said on condition of anonymity.

"The timing [of the bequest] is exquisite," Blumenauer said. "There are more demands today on public broadcasting than ever before. They're being stretched, costs are going up and funding's going down. We're trying to indicate that this [gift] is a really good thing, but it's emblematic that everybody has to step up.

"We think it's going to stimulate people who value information, [but] who haven't thought of public broadcasting the way they think of a church or another institution, to step up."

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