Tales from WGBH’s Development Office
Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing a bit of history written by John Kerr, John Carver, and Sam Tyler whose fundraising careers at WGBH spanned three decades.
All three are quick to point out that any success they had derived from the product they sold: the nation’s top public broadcasting organization. They give credit and thanks to the many people and departments who comprised the go-go outfit they were proud to represent.
And, they remain close friends, having kept in touch all these years.
John Kerr left WGBH in 2004 after years as its public spokesman and unapologetic fund-raiser. He shifted to a retirement job to scratch his interest in wild land and wildlife conservation, becoming a seasonal park ranger in Yellowstone National Park — a childhood dream. There, proudly wearing the traditional “flat hat” of a U.S. Park Ranger, John has been elevating the experience of thousands of visitors he sees annually in America’s first national park, encouraging the protection and conservation of Yellowstone’s astonishing natural wonders. He lives in Silvergate, Montana and Norwich, Vermont.
John Carver’s career at WGBH spanned almost 15 years, ending in 1990. He went on to develop and executive produce for PBS The Story of Golf, hosted by Jim McKay. He also supported several other public television stations with their underwriting needs before retiring in 2008. Since then, he has staffed the Tourism Bureau kiosk on Boston Common, where he continues to help visitors navigate the Freedom Trail and other historical treasures. He lives in Winthrop, MA.
Sam Tyler moved on from WGBH in 1983 to become an independent producer. He specialized in documentaries based on best-selling business books, including In Search of Excellence and Good to Great. His most recent series, West of the West, is available on Amazon Prime. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA.
Read more entries in The Money Room series.
Special thanks to Gene Mackles for the series wordmark.