WOSU Capital Campaign Establishes Plan for New Innovative, Vibrant and Dynamic Headquarters
COLUMBUS, OHIO, October 25, 2018 – WOSU Public Media announced a $12 million capital campaign to support a modern, dynamic new headquarters. The facility will enable WOSU to expand and enhance its programming for the more than two million citizens it reaches in Ohio through television, radio, digital, and educational services.
Since 1920, WOSU Public Media has delivered engaging local and global programming, civic discourse, front-row access to classical music performances, and lifelong learning experiences. It has done so for nearly 50 years from the basement of the Fawcett Center on the campus of The Ohio State University. In order to continue to have a vital community impact in an ever-changing multimedia landscape, WOSU must be accessible and visible.
“At the nexus of campus and community, the new facility will have some very public spaces that will connect Columbus and Ohio State’s campus to WOSU in a new model for public media and our community,” said Tom Rieland, General Manager of WOSU Public Media. “This will be an extremely flexible and open facility that will allow us to change as media evolves.”
The headquarters will be located at the corner of East 14th Avenue and Pearl Alley as part of Campus Partners’ 15th+HIGH project. The facility will feature a 2,200 square foot community studio, expanded newsroom, TV and radio production studios and a state-of-the art media learning lab. Experiential activities will grow tremendously as the new headquarters will be home to more than 200 community events each year.
To date, individual and corporate donors have committed more than $9 million of the “New Place. New Space. New Experience.” Campaign goal, including a $5 million gift from Andy and Sandy Ross previously announced to name the Andy and Sandy Ross Community Studio. Additional gifts of note include $2 million from the L Brands Foundation for the L Brands Foundation Television Studio and $1 million from the American Electric Power Foundation for the American Electric Power Foundation Community Terrace.
Design, development and construction for the new WOSU headquarters is led by Campus Partners, Meyers + Associates Architecture, Russ Berger Design Group, Jezerinac Geers & Associates Inc., EMH&T, MKSK, and Prater Engineering Associates.
WOSU Public Media includes the PBS affiliated station WOSU TV, the only all-day NPR radio station in central Ohio, 89.7 NPR News, and the sole classical music radio station serving the community.
WOSU Public Media is a community-supported, noncommercial network of public radio and television stations, and digital services. A licensee of The Ohio State University, WOSU serves 31 counties in Ohio through its mission of enriching lives with content and experiences that engage, inform and inspire.