UH Regents to Vote on Radio Station Purchase

The University of Houston's Board of Regents is expected to vote tomorrow on the purchase of a radio frequency from Rice University that would allow for a full-time classical music station in Houston. Laurie Johnson has the story.

University of Houston Regents will decide whether to approve the purchase of the 91.7 frequency, currently home to KTRU radio at Rice University. If approved, the purchase would allow KUHF, at 88.7 FM, to become a 24-hour NPR news and information station. The new station would then become 24-hour classical music. The new public radio station, with the proposed call letters KUHC, would be the city's first full-time classical music outlet since KRTS was sold and changed formats in 2004. KUHF CEO John Proffitt says the goal is to offer as much service to the community and university as possible.

"We have done about as much as we can with just the one radio station — 88.7 — very popular NPR, very popular with our classical music. But both of those constituencies always want more."

Currently, KUHF devotes about half of its broadcast schedule to classical music. The 10-million dollar purchase, if approved, would also need an OK from the FCC. The purchase would be financed by local corporate and individual support. UH Regents will vote at their regularly scheduled quarterly meeting at the UH Hilton tomorrow morning.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF News.

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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...