George F. Riley - Biography
George F. Riley’s lifelong interest in electronics was nurtured during his service as an aviation and radar man in the U.S Navy. In 1952, George founded a TV repair business that evolved into a national company, Clover Technologies.
When the company was sold in 1998, George and Dolores Riley established The Riley Foundation, with a mission to promote the educational development of children.
Through The Riley Foundation, George and his late wife Dolores have helped hundreds of children from low income families attend summer camp. The Foundation provided the community of Farmington Hills with major funding for a skate park, profiled in the DPTV documentary Taking it off the Streets. The Foundation also provides tuition support and medical help to young people in need.
Their $5 million gift in 2005 -- the largest in Detroit Public Television's history -- was the cornerstone of our capital campaign and a vivid demonstration of their belief that public television plays a very important role in the education of children and curious people of all ages.
Our Riley Broadcast Center in Wixom – the building built by George Riley’s Clover Technologies which is now the headquarters of Detroit Public Television – is named in their honor. In addition, Mr. Riley gave further support for the new George Riley Studio Reception Area and the employee and volunteer entrance to the building.