The family of radio stations operated by New York Public Radio – WNYC, WQXR and New Jersey Public Radio – once again owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. Per an announcement today tipped to New York Times contributor Elizabeth Jensen, the foundation has followed two previous endowments totaling $11 million with another single gift of $10 million.
Although the amount is being billed as the “largest single gift ever made to a public radio station,” it pales in comparison to the $200 million bequeathed to NPR a decade ago by the widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. From Jensen’s article:
The majority of the new grant, $8 million, is earmarked to support the development of digital operations, including a new feature called “Discover” on the WNYC mobile App. Designed originally with offline underground subway riders in mind, the feature will generate custom downloadable playlists for users who punch in the topics that interest them and the amount of time they want to listen. It will go live on Monday.
The grant also allows New York Public Radio to keep the development of its new digital tools in-house. The remainder, $2 million, will go towards the radio group’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, which opened in 2008.