Jane Werum: Classically Inspiring
Listen to Jane Werum share why she decided to remember WOSU in her will with WOSU's Dana Viglietta.
Jane Mitcheltree Werum's close relationship with WOSU began with an invitation in 1972. She was asked to be a founding member of the Friends of WOSU advisory board, a request that holds great meaning for her even today. That inquiry initiated a four-decade commitment to public broadcasting.
A Columbus native and Vassar College graduate, Jane Werum served in a myriad of volunteer capacities at WOSU over the years, giving tours, helping with fundraisers, and working in the membership office. She also trained other volunteers to provide quality customer service to the Friends of WOSU. As an avid listener of WOSU-FM and viewer of programming on WOSU-TV, Jane made a commitment to WOSU@COSI's capital campaign in 2007. She recently included the organization in her estate plan as well.
"WOSU has been a large part of my life; I always have the radio tuned to classical music—day and night," she said. "In making a bequest to WOSU, I want to support future programming and inspire others to provide financially to public media."
Many of the relationships Jane made at WOSU with current and former staff members and fellow volunteers remain strong today. When asked to select a favorite memory from these experiences, she admitted the highlights are too numerous to pinpoint one or two.
"Above all, I cannot imagine a world without public broadcasting," Jane said. "WOSU provides radio and television excellence that everyone can enjoy."