Houston Public Media To Sell KUHA/Houston
August 20, 2015 at 5:17 PM (PT)
HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA Classical KUHA (CLASSICAL 91.7)/HOUSTON is for sale and the format will continue on the HD2 channel of sister News-Talk KUHF (NEWS 88.7), online at houstonpublicmedia.org, and on a digital subchannel of sister PBS affiliate KUHT-TV, the station announced TODAY (8/20). HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA parent UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON bought KUHA, then KTRU, from RICE UNIVERSITY for $9.5 million in 2010, in a deal that raised controversy among listeners concerned about the loss of the former student-run Variety format; KTRU was flipped to Classical and KUHF expanded its News-Talk format to full-time.
"We are making this change in recognition of the growing popularity, superior broadcast quality and greater efficiency of digital broadcasting," said GM LISA SHUMATE in a press statement. "Placing our focus on HD radio and digital streaming for our classical music programming enables us to make the best use of technology and resources to continue providing the music and arts and culture content that our listeners enjoy."
KUHA has recently been at reduced power due to equipment failure.