Houston Public Radio Debuts Local "This I Believe" Series

In conjunction with National Public Radio's media project, KUHF Houston Public Radio will present local segments of the "This I Believe" series. The Houston endeavor, featuring core beliefs and values expressed through the voices of everyday Houstonians, will debut on KUHF Houston Public Radio on Friday, September 7, 2007.

In conjunction with National Public Radio's media project, KUHF Houston Public Radio will present local segments of the This I Believe series.  The Houston endeavor, featuring core beliefs and values expressed through the voices of everyday Houstonians, will debut on KUHF Houston Public Radio on Friday, September 7, 2007.   Each week will feature a three-minute essay read by its author and introduced by Senior Producer, Paul Pendergraft.  A new local This I Believe segment will be broadcast twice each Friday, at 6:35 am and 4:44 pm.

This I Believe is based on the popular 1950s radio show of the same name, which was hosted by iconic journalist Edward R. Murrow. The original series featured well-known essayists including Presidents Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, Albert Einstein, as well as poets, cab drivers, corporate leaders, and hundreds of people willing to share the guiding principles by which they lived.  Their words brought comfort and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism and racial division.  The program had an estimated audience of 39 million listeners and spawned a weekly column in 85 leading newspapers and four internationally best-selling books.

At the conclusion of each Houston Public Radio This I Believe segment, host Paul Pendergraft, previously the host and producer of KUHF's recent series StoryCorps, will ask listeners to submit their own essays through http://www.kuhf.org/ for possible inclusion in the series.  Houston Public Radio invites potential participants who wish to express the core values that guide their lives to submit an essay for consideration.  Essay writing guidelines can be found on the station's website, which also includes text and audio from the new series and photographs of the essayists.

KUHF Houston Public Radio is a fully professional radio service affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR) and certified by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Broadcasting on 88.7 FM and on three channels of HD Digital, KUHF provides three independent program services of (1) News and Information, (2) Classical Music and (3) News and Information in Spanish.  KUHF is supported financially by its listener-members, and by gifts from the greater Houston community, through the Association for Community Broadcasting.  KUHF is licensed to the Board of Regents of the University of Houston and is operated in the public interest as a community outreach of the University.  More information at http://www.kuhf.org/.