City native and Forever Broadcasting owner pledges $375,000 to support aspiring radio professionals

BLOOMSBURG — Kerby Confer, owner of Forever Broadcasting, has pledged $375,000 to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania to extend his support of experiential learning opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in radio.

Confer, a native of Williamsport, began his support of Bloomsburg University in 2014 when he agreed to have BU host the Confer Radio Talent Institute, while also establishing an annual scholarship for students to attend the Institute.

His gift of $375,000 will extend his support of the Confer Radio Talent Institute, as well as his annual scholarship for students studying mass communications and a faculty fellowship at Bloomsburg University. In addition, Confer has agreed to fund 50 percent of the cost to upgrade BU’s campus radio station, WBUQ-FM, which will provide aspiring broadcasters with a professional environment as they prepare for careers in the radio industry.

“We are deeply inspired and grateful for Kerby’s gift,” said Bloomsburg University President Bashar W. Hanna. “Not only does his gift offer extraordinary support to expand one of our university’s strategic goals, but it also directly reflects his passion for the radio industry and the significance he places on the profound impact of experiential learning opportunities as part of the Husky experience.”

Confer’s gift directly aligns with the university’s Professional U focus, which is to offer high-impact practices for students, integrating their academic experience with professional experience in “real world” settings.

The university also received a $400,000 pledge from Stephen Jones ’83, president and CEO of Covanta Holding Corporation, to establish four Professional U Faculty Fellowships. The fellows will receive funding to support collaboration with faculty and deans to create a menu of professional experiences, some existing some new, for each department within each college.