Thursday, September 05, 2013

Houston Public Media stations launch new shows; get tighter

PBS KUHT 8, NPR KUHF 88.7 and Classical 91.7 KUHA launch new shows and get friendlier with each other

Houston Public Media PBS KUHT 8, NPR KUHF 88.7 and Classical 91.7 KUHA
As PBS KUHT 8, NPR KUHF 88.7 and Classical 91.7 KUHA march to the singular brand of Houston Public Media, expect to see some changes coming to Houston's public TV and radio stations. This means more "synergy" between the outlets on air and online.

The stations invited me out this week to talk about the changes and tour the rapidly growing operation. I posted a photo on Instagram which showed off how HPM has the coolest art piece (Modulation 2000) in any Houston radio or TV station lobby .

88.7 KUHF NPR

One example of growth is KUHF's new talk show Houston Matters with Craig Cohen. The Houston oriented show will expand from noon Thursdays and Fridays to every weekday starting September 30th. The show will start adding a new day each week to the schedule starting Wednesday, September 11th.

KUHT 8 PBS

Let's not forget channel 8. After producing a successful Texas Senatorial debate last year, KUHT will air a Houston mayoral debate Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm.

InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse premieres season 12, September 13th at 8pm with guest LeVar Burton. The next weeks have the following guests: Ed Asner, Constantine Maroulis, Sonia Sotomayor, Harry Wayne Casey, Walter Isaacson, Barry Scheck and Augusten Burroughs.

Still in the works, the HoustonPBS 60th Anniversary Special airing on Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm.

In the news area, PBS NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan will become the new anchor for "PBS NewsHour Weekend" which launches September 7th.

Also, there will be some kid programming changes in October as shows shift to make room for Peg + Cat weekdays at 9am.

By the way, here are a few upcoming shows of note on KUHT 8:
o 9/8 Last Tango in Halifax
o 9/10 American Masters: Billie Jean King
o 9/10 POV: Ping Pong (featuring Houstonian Lisa Modlich)
o 9/15 Masterpiece Mystery! Foyle’s War
o 9/17 Latino Americans (series for Hispanic Heritage Month)
o 9/23 Genealogy Roadshow – New PBS Show

To get the full scoop on the Houston PBS schedule, sign up for the "Don’t Miss List" e-newsletter which emails every Monday.

Classical 91.7 KUHA

As for Classical 91.7 KUHA, some web only shows created for the station are really taking off. Opera Cheat Sheet is a weekly web feature hosted by St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly which provides a quick overview of the opera to be heard Saturday afternoon on Classical 91.7. I could take a listen to Classical Classroom which is hosted by station audio librarian Dacia Clay who admits she knows "next to nothing about classical music." So she interviews the station's experts to learn more. Of course there is the Houston arts show The Front Row which airs on both radio stations.

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