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Immerse Yourself in Public Media

Ralph Lowell Society membership at every level provides thoughtful and entertaining behind-the-scenes access to the programming and talent that define WGBH. Patrons enjoy invitations to special events-screenings, receptions, concerts, in-studio audience experiences-and also receive discounted tickets to community events, dedicated customer service, and access to an extensive online collection of WGBH and PBS programs.

As giving levels increase, RLS patrons enjoy additional opportunities to engage with WGBH, including on-air recognition of support and more.

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The Ralph Lowell Society is WGBH’s premier group of supporters, providing an annual resource of critical discretionary funds that WGBH can use where needed most. In this climate of rapid change for public media, this resource means more than ever.

There has never been a better time to become an RLS patron. WGBH is currently engaged in The Campaign for WGBH: Leadership in the Digital Century, a five-year $175 million capacity-building campaign. Because we are counting annual support toward our campaign goal, your membership in the Ralph Lowell Society will be recognized as part of this important initiative.

Honoring a Public Media Visionary

Named in honor of WGBH founder Ralph Lowell, the Ralph Lowell Society comprises individuals who honor the essence of the man and the mission of WGBH. Ralph Lowell was a passionate believer in the power of civil discourse and an informed, educated citizenry. Through the Lowell Institute, a nonprofit family trust devoted to adult education and a Boston mainstay since 1836 that continues today, Ralph Lowell formed the Broadcasting Council in the early 1950s. It went on the air as WGBH-FM radio in 1951 and as WGBH-TV, the nation's first educational television station, two years later.

Hundreds of Society patrons give generously every year to be part of a community that bears Ralph Lowell's name and is deeply committed to sustaining a forward-thinking vision of public media in tangible, immediate ways.

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Ralph Lowell, founder of WGBH and namesake of the Ralph Lowell Society.
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Cynthia L. Strauss
Kathleen Ames
Edye Baker
Michael Barza
Tony Corey
Francis Chin
Joan Crowley
Sally Currier
John J. Doyle, Jr.
Janet B. Fitzgibbons
William C.S. Hicks
Edna Kaplan
Susan B. Kaplan
Marilyn Kucharski
Karen Levy
William A. Lowell
Susan Luo
Oscar F. Malcolm
Lisa McDonough
Caroline Mortimer
Jane E. Owens
Melinda Alliker Rabb
Pamela Remis
Brian Renstrom
Elizabeth A.W. Rogers
Gloria Rose
Ralph Sheridan
Richard N. Silverman
Karen Sirkin
David Weisner
Simone Stedry Winston
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Contact the Ralph Lowell Society

For more information, please contact the RLS Hotline (617-300-3900) or send us an email at