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KTSU Makes History with First Ever Endowment Thanks to Longtime Supporters Jeff & Janet Share 

todayMarch 20, 2024

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Houston, TX – March 20, 2024 – KTSU, Texas Southern University’s radio station, witnessed a historic moment today with the establishment of their first ever endowment. The milestone was made possible by the generosity of long-time listeners and station supporters, Jeff & Janet Share. 

The Shares’ relationship with KTSU began with a donation of their entire jazz and blues collection to the station. Today, their commitment to KTSU and Texas Southern University (TSU) reached new heights with the creation of a $20,000 endowment for KTSU as part of a $54,000 overall endowment for TSU. 

A celebratory luncheon was held at KTSU to honor the Shares’ incredible act of giving. Connie Cochran, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations & Special Events, described the Share family as “flexible and focused donors” who “worked closely with TSU and KTSU throughout the official endowment process to help our students.” 

Texas Southern University President Mary E. Sias attended the luncheon to personally express her appreciation. She shared her heartfelt sentiment with the attendees: “It takes people with intentionality to share with others what is important to you. This gift will impact thousands of lives for many years to come. Passing that enjoyment on to others. Paying it forward.” President Silas gave a gift of university merchandise as a signal to welcome the Shares as part of TSU’s extended family now and forever more. 

Ernest Walker, KTSU’s General Manager, echoed President Sias’s sentiments, expressing his deep, sincere appreciation for the Share family. Walker commemorated the event, stating “Today we make history– the first ever endowment for KTSU. They made a choice to listen to this incredible radio station on the campus of Texas Southern University and I’m grateful and thankful to them for really supporting the station and the mission of what we do. That helps us to continue to make the impact in the community that we’re here to serve.”

Janet Share modestly attributed the endowment to her long career, stating “I’m glad I stuck it out at Exxon for many, many years so I can be able to do this.” After that initial donation of their music collection to the station, the Shares decided to build on that momentum by exploring new paths for deeper impact.

Janet recalled the epiphany during the luncheon, “We had been giving to charity for a long time, like everybody. We had been spreading it out over too many places. We had planned on picking our favorite one place that we really wanted to make it count. So, we met with KTSU and the university as an extension of that and it worked out perfectly. We made our choice.”

Her husband, Jeff, echoed her enthusiasm, adding “We are extremely honored and pleased that we could help out TSU. We look to do more in the future. We can’t think of a better way to give back to our community than to do what we’re doing now.”

The Shares’ endowment is a testament to the power of philanthropy and its ability to create lasting change. Their generosity will ensure that both KTSU 90.9FM and Texas Southern University can continue to provide exceptional educational and cultural experiences for generations to come. 

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Written by: Ariel Pirela


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