POCATELLO – KISU-FM radio at Idaho State University has received a nice present during its 20th anniversary year – a donation totaling $20,000, including an employer $10,000 match, from ISU alum David Baumert, a Microsoft project manager.
It is the largest single gift the National Public Radio station has received and will be used to purchase much needed radio-broadcasting equipment, said Jamon Anderson, KISU-FM interim manager.
“I hope that other alumni and friends of ISU will join me in helping to maintain its position as a positive cultural anchor in Idaho,” Baumert said. “The size of a contribution is less important than the personal involvement it represents and I encourage everyone to participate. I had a great experience here as a student 30 years ago. I see it is still a great place to learn and I want that to continue.”
Baumert is a member of Microsoft’s Applied Robotics Research Team within the Artificial Intelligence and Research Division at their headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
He is a 1987 graduate from the ISU College of Technology’s Electronic Technology Laser Electro Optics program and he received that college’s Professional Achievement Award in 2015.
Anderson is excited about how the new gift will benefit the station and its listeners.
“This gift allows us to get ahead of some crucial needs built-up over 20 years,”
Anderson said. “This is our 20th birthday and a lot of our current equipment was installed 20 years ago.”
With the gift the station will purchase capital assets including a new audio board and a new monitor for their on-air signal.
“It isn’t just patching a hole,” Anderson said. “What this equipment gives us are abilities we’ve never had before. We want to thank Mr. Baumert on behalf of the entire community because it is not just Idaho State who is going to enjoy this, but it will help create an end product that everyone in our Southeast Idaho listening community can enjoy.”
Baumert presented his gift in person at ISU in an informal visit on Oct. 24 attended by Anderson and the KISU management team; Melisa Moon, ISU College of Technology director of development; Lowell Richards, Student Affairs associate vice president; and Lyn Redington, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
“With David's generous gift to KISU, we are able to continue our strong partnership of supporting students and their success,” Redington said.