FilioScotia Posted August 17, 2010 Share Posted August 17, 2010 (edited) It appears big changes are ahead for public radio in Houston. The University of Houston is making plans to purchase KTRU from Rice University for just under ten million dollars, change the call letters to KUHC, and move it into the same studios with KUHF Radio. The plan is to put all news and NPR programming on KUHF 88.7 FM, and put classical music and arts programs on KUHC 91.7 FM. They haven't announced a timetable for this change, but it's going to take well into next year for all these changes to be made. As someone who worked at KUHF for many years, and retired just recently, I can testify that things move very slowly there. I will be surprised if this brave new world comes to pass before the end of 2011. When the change is finally complete, this will resolve one of KUHF's longest running problems: trying to keep two very different audience groups happy. There are a lot of people in Houston who would listen to NPR programs 24/7 if it were available, and they've complained long and loudly for years about the paucity of NPR programs on KUHF. It appears KUHF is going to grant their wish. At the same time, there are those who love the classical music, and they've complained long and loudly for years that they don't get enough of it on KUHF, and that KUHF should be all classical 24/7. These people will also get their wish. Glory hallelujah !KUHF is now taking a bold step in the direction of making both those groups happy. It's true that KUHF does now offer all of NPR's daytime programs on its HD2 channel, but almost nobody listens to HD radio because HD radios are so expensive, and those who have them complain that their reception is so spotty and uneven. Personally, and this is just my opinion, I think KUHF's large investment in HD technology has been a huge waste of money. It's just not working out the way they hoped. Yes there are people who listen to the HD2 programs, but not in numbers large enough to justify the cost. In fact, most of the people who DO LISTEN to the HD channels are listening on the station's website. Unless HD technology is improved drastically, and the cost of receiving it comes down drastically, I don't think it has a future. It will end up on the scrap heap, along with other gimmicks that didn't work out. Remember AM stereo? And Quadriphonic Sound? It would appear that KUHF managers are finally accepting this reality. Dividing the news and music formats between two FM stations is the most logical, the most simple and most workable solution. I applaud them for having the courage to make this decision and move forward with it. Somewhere, Friar William of Ockham is smiling. Here's a link to this story in today's Chron. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7156105.html Edited August 17, 2010 by FilioScotia Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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