BAYLISS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES RESTRUCTURING
TO ENSURE LONGEVITY
Grove, CA - August 20, 2010 — The John Bayliss
Broadcast Foundation today announced a series of changes to
ensure the perpetuation of its educational mission to support
students beginning a career in radio.
will transfer the administration of its scholarship program and
funding to a third-party organization specializing in educational
scholarships, which will be identified and announced in the near
future. The Board of Directors will appoint a liaison committee
to work with this organization and will continue operating under
this new structure until industry conditions permit a return
to a self-governing independent entity.
the Board announced that Executive Director Kit Hunter Franke,
who has overseen the intern and scholarship programs for 25 years
with great distinction, will assist with the transition and then
pursue other opportunities.
these challenging economic times for our industry, preserving
the funding for our mission is our most important goal," said
Gary Fries, Chairman of the Bayliss Foundation Board of Directors.
"We believe these forward-looking actions will allow us to continue
our important work of encouraging and supporting young people
interested in radio. I thank the Board of Directors for their
time and dedication, and we look forward to continuing our tradition
of awarding scholarships to bright young students."
was created in honor of John Bayliss, a 25-year radio industry
veteran who generously shared his appreciation for the medium by
encouraging college students to pursue a career in radio. Since
1985, the Foundation has distributed more than $1.2 million in
scholarships to 345 exceptional students. These students were selected
to receive the Bayliss Radio Scholarship because of their academic
achievement and extracurricular radio activities, their passion
for radio and their desire to contribute to the overall advancement
of the radio industry.
would be proud and overwhelmed to see the Foundation's
incredible impact and the accomplishments of our scholarship recipients,"
said Alice Bayliss, wife of John Bayliss. "Kit has done a tremendous
job of managing our program and I want to thank her and the entire
Board of Directors for their many years of inspiring service. John
believed in helping the next generation and, with these changes,
weíll be able to continue his lifeís work."