Keith Olbermann has given a significant donation to WVBR-FM, the Cornell University radio station, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The donation was enough to give Olbermann naming rights for the new location.
Olbermann’s gift will allow WVBR – a commercial radio station run entirely by Cornell students – to move into a new, bigger facility much closer to the Cornell campus. The new building on East Buffalo Street in Ithaca will be named Olbermann-Corneliess Studios, after Olbermann’s late father Theodore Olbermann and Glenn Corneliess, a former program director at the station and a friend of Olbermann’s who died in 1996 at 39.
The amount Olbermann made has not been made public, but the fundraising goal of $935,000 now stands at $555,081. The new, bigger location will include a multimedia center for training in video production, web design and online programming. Other notable WVBR alums include NBC News anchor Kate Snow and CNBC senior producer Peter Schacknow.