Karen West: Music for All Time
Karen West knew not to disturb her father on weeknights at 6pm when he was watching to the MacNeil/Lehrer Report, and later the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, on WOSU TV. He valued the fair reporting he found there. He also loved listening to classical music on WOSU FM, now Classical 101, and chose to make a bequest to the station to help ensure classical music radio for years to come. Here, Karen shared why her parents, Betty and Walker Lowman, considered WOSU a unique cultural asset for the community. Betty passed away in 1994; Walker in 2010.
"My dad liked the variety of programming on WOSU and was really interested in lifetime learning. There were so many programs on WOSU TV that appealed to him, including This Old House, Antiques Roadshow, and, of course, the news. Together, my parents watched Mystery! and Masterpiece Theatre. I can't remember a time when our family didn't watch WOSU, and I passed this tradition along to my children," said Karen.
"They also both enjoyed classical music. My dad sang, or I guess it would be hummed, along to the music on WOSU FM. They listened at home and in the car. My dad voiced his concern about ongoing funding for public broadcasting and wanted to help ensure that high-quality programming continued for the community. That's why he made a bequest to WOSU that benefits classical music. In reviewing old financial records, I discovered they often made annual gifts in support of WOSU television and radio."