BU Confer Media Center | Eyewitness News
BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE / WYOU) – A cutting-edge media center for students seeking careers in broadcasting comes to Bloomsburg University.
Bloomsburg University (BU) announced on Wednesday that it has received a gift of $ 5.3 million from media legend Kerby Confer to create a brand new media center for students who want to be successful in radio, video, podcasting and live broadcasting.
According to BU, the gift offered by Confer will make way for a modern and functional space on campus. The media center will be named the Kerby Confer Media Center and will feature a completely renovated radio station, TV studio, newsroom, and space for students and staff to interact, reflect and share ideas.
“This is an amazing gift from Kerby that will help us provide access to value-added experiential learning opportunities for all students,” said BU President Bashar W. Harris. “We’re discussing what helps BU differentiate itself from prospective students in terms of preparation for post-graduation success, and this is an amazing example of what that looks like as we go along. I cannot thank Kerby enough for her dedication to helping us bring this vision to life.
BU says Confer started making donations to BU in 2013, which help build the Confer Radio Talent Institute. Since then, Confer’s support has grown steadily, increasing students’ accessibility to professional experiences entering the broadcasting industry.
“The evolution of Kerby’s involvement here at BU and his commitment to engage with our students has been extremely valuable to their education,” said College of Liberal Arts BU Dean Jim Brown, Ph.D. “For him, taking that commitment to an even higher level and providing this type of professional environment in which our students will learn and grow shows just how dedicated he is to their success. “
Confer began his career at the age of 15, working at a radio station in his hometown of Williamsport. Since 1969, it has owned part or operated over 200 stations and is still active in 70 markets throughout Pennsylvania, as well as Kentucky and Tennessee.
“I started in radio when I was 15, hanging out at the station and doing whatever work they let me do. From becoming an on-air personality to advertising sales, I had to learn everything. What has not changed today is that these students will still have to learn all of these things in order to be successful. What has changed is that we can make it easier for them by giving them a head start. This is what I want to offer.
Radio and broadcasting industry veteran Kirby Confer
Confer was inducted into the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2003.