TAMPA — Public television broadcaster WEDU: Ch. 3 received its largest donation — $4 million — in its 57-year history through the bequest of an avid fan, the station announced Thursday night.
Phyllis L. Ensign, who settled in Clearwater after success in the stock market, almost strictly watched WEDU, which compelled her to make the donation, according to a WEDU release. Ensign was in her early 90's when she died earlier this year, a WEDU spokesman said.
"This generous gift will help WEDU expand services on-air and in the community to the more than 5 million people we serve," WEDU president and CEO Susan Howarth said in a prepared statement.
WEDU will use the money in its endowment to support the channel's operating budget, according to the release.
The money soon will support the creation of a paid internship program for the channel's series Suncoast Business Forum and the production costs for new series That's All I'm Saying featuring Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper.
WEDU plans to commemorate Ensign, and her love of reading to children, by donating a multimedia library corner to at least 16 libraries in the channel's 16-county viewing area, according to the release.