Arts & Culture

Feder foundation to donate $25,000 to Thacker Radio


OCEAN SPRINGS -- "Thacker Mountain Radio Hour," the Oxford-based literary and music program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, will receive a $25,000 donation from the Ron and Becky Feder Charitable Foundation for the Beaux Arts of Ocean Springs.

The gift is the largest individual contribution ever made to the radio program.

"We are thrilled," Thacker Producer Kathryn McGaw York said. "The show is nearing its 20th anniversary (in fall 2017). This generous donation will allow us to keep our momentum."

The money will be allocated over 10 years. Foundation president Ron Feder said the 10 years will allow Thacker producers to do long-range planning. He also hopes to challenge other donors to help the show with sustaining dollars.

"First, the idea of a 10-year commitment is to develop a sustaining fund that will allow TMR directors to develop a strategic plan, which by definition means long-term planning," Feder said. "My gift is a challenge to other like-minded Thacker supporters who want the show to expand its audience in Mississippi, the regional South and more."

Ron Feder is a 1974 undergraduate of the University of Mississippi and 1981 UM Law School graduate who continues to own a home in Oxford. His wife and foundation partner, Becky, died suddenly on Oct. 28. Ron Feder recently joined the Thacker Mountain Radio Board of Directors and decided to make his foundation's donation in his late wife's honor.

"Part of my motivation is to honor the memory of Becky, who made TMR's annual show in Ocean Springs become reality. She was a huge fan of the show and particularly loved the Ocean Springs show and reveled in every packed house each year. The following week she would strut and tell her pals, "Yeah, I did that!"

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is broadcast at 7 p.m. every Saturday on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Donations may be made; make checks payable to Friends of Thacker Mountain Radio, Inc. and mail to: Thacker Mountain Radio, P.O. Box 2196, Oxford MS 38655.