Storied philanthropists Kal and Lucille Rudman have made a second transformative gift in support of TUTV-Temple University Television.
Their $1 million donation to TUTV and the Kal and Lucille Rudman Media Production Center comes just four years after a foundational $1.2 million gift that helped the station to launch on Nov. 11, 2010.
“Since joining Temple in September, I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity and vision of the Rudmans,” said David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communication. “Their gifts are the foundation from which we have built TUTV, an asset that gives our students the hands-on experience to be real-world ready when they graduate.”
Rudman, who earned his Master of Education from Temple in 1957, said he and his wife wanted to continue to contribute to the success of students at an institution that means so much to them.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a major nationwide and worldwide television career. Therefore, I’m grateful that I can give back to a constant stream of communications students at my graduate school alma mater,” Rudman said. “I feel an insatiable need to provide the unique hands-on training opportunities to accommodate those students in reaching their goals in the video world.”
TUTV has worked with nearly every school and college at Temple, as well as Temple Athletics and Temple Campus Safety Services, to create programming, so its impact extends well beyond Annenberg Hall.
“We are honored that Kal and Lucille Rudman continue to invest in Temple’s students,” said Temple President Neil D. Theobald. “Their ongoing generosity will make a difference in the lives of Temple students, and we are grateful for their support.”
Since 2010, students have experienced moments at TUTV that will forever be in their memories. From the studios in the media production center and on location around the globe, TUTV students have produced live newscasts, interviewed the crew of the International Space Station, reported live from London during the 2012 Summer Olympics, provided coverage of sporting events and much more.
Karina Cheung, a junior media studies and production major who worked this year as the Rudman Media Production Center intern, said Space Station Live “was one of the most exciting shows that I ever worked on,” but it was just a piece of the well-rounded experience TUTV has offered her as she pursues her dream of becoming an anchor, reporter and producer.
“If I didn’t have the opportunity to work on all these projects under TUTV, I don’t think I’d be prepared to work after college,” Cheung said. “All the opportunities TUTV creates for students is what molds us and makes us learn everything we can outside of the classroom.”
A TUTV staffer both as a student and after graduation, Rob Czyzewicz, BTMM ’10, co-owner of 20/20 Visual Media, was in master control when the station first went on the air.
“I’m very proud to see how much the station has grown in the almost four years since,” he said. “TUTV has a lot of growing left to do and I can’t wait to see how far they take it.”
‘Something for everyone’
Czyzewicz said the diversity of programming now shown on TUTV helps students prepare for their professional lives.
“There truly is something for everyone,” he said. “Students can take a shot at doing news, sports, documentary, film, music, talk, public affairs, variety shows and so much more. If they invest themselves in learning how to work on any one of these types of shows, they can do it.”
Paul Gluck, TUTV general manager and associate professor of media studies and production, agreed that the practical experience students receive is invaluable.
“It continues TUTV’s mission of being a multi-media laboratory, where students can apply the theory they learn at Temple to a daily broadcast,” he said. “It helps them leave this school with a competitive advantage in the search for a job.”
Under Gluck’s leadership, TUTV’s presence on campus and in the community has grown stronger over the past four years.
“We feel like we have developed viable options for viewers,” he said. “We’ve seen students become more and more involved in the creation and distribution of content. We’ve seen awareness of the station grow among students, faculty and members of the community surrounding Temple.”
The Rudmans have been impressed with all TUTV has done to inspire Temple students to pursue a career in broadcasting and want to see its impact expand even more.
“Under the guidance of Paul Gluck, the students have created incredible content and I’ve witnessed them take home Emmy Awards in various categories alongside of the top TV professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region,” Rudman said. “This makes me and my wife, Lucille, totally proud to have contributed to their success.”
The Rudmans’ $1 million investment in the future of TUTV will support its general operations as well as special projects as they arise.
“No one has made the commitment to our students, our staff and our mission the way Kal and Lucille have,” Gluck said.
A media legend
Born and raised just blocks away from Temple’s campus, Rudman is a music and show business legend. For more than 50 years, he has worked in music and radio and his pioneering trade publication, Friday Morning Quarterback, remains invaluable reading for today’s music industry professionals. In honor of his success in the industry, he was awarded a Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Award in 2011.
His philanthropy has left an indelible mark throughout Temple, with his support of the Temple Performing Arts Center, the School of Medicine and more. The impact of the Rudmans’ generosity isn’t lost on Temple students who have spent countless hours working and learning in the media production center.
“TUTV taught me that anything I wanted to do is possible as long as I put the work in and that the opportunities to learn are out there,” Cheung said.