Thursday, August 20, 2015

Classical music to leave Houston's 91.7 FM

UPDATE FEBRUARY 24, 2016
Classical 91.7 KUHA being bought by KSBJ to become NGEN Radio


Classical to move from 91.7 FM to 88.7 HD-2 and other platforms; potential sale for 91.7 FM

Classical 91.7 KUHA is leaving its FM dial position and going digital in a move approved today by the University of Houston Board of Regents.

This will be the first time in decades that a Houston FM station will not air classical music (before full-time NPR broadcasts, 88.7 mostly featured classical; 92.1 KRTS was 24 hour classical until 2004).

The station will move it's 24-hour classical programming to 88.7 HD-2.

"We are making this change in recognition of the growing popularity, superior broadcast quality and greater efficiency of digital broadcasting," said Lisa Shumate, associate vice president and general manager of Houston Public Media. "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."

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UPDATE
Lisa Shumate addresses Classical 97.1 sale
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In addition to HD radio, Houston Public Media has a variety of ways listeners can access its classical music programming: online at houstonpublicmedia.org and free applications like iHeartRadio & TuneIn, and via television at TV 8.5.

HPM says for the near future, Classical 91.7 will continue its 24-hour, seven-day analog radio broadcast, but announcements will begin letting listeners know of the station's impending departure on all of its platforms.

"We want to make this change as smooth as possible for our classical listeners and minimize any inconvenience," said Shumate. "We will be communicating across all of our platforms in the coming months to ensure that listeners are well informed about the availability of HD radios for car or home, the ease of use, as well as the free online streaming and applications now available."

So what does this mean for 91.7 FM, which is more synonymous with KTRU's Rice Radio than a symphony?

A spokesperson for Houston Public Media tells mikemcguff.com the organization will entertain offers for the 91.7 transmission tower and license from potential buyers.

 Who has some cash to give me for 91.7 mikemcguff.com radio?

houstonpublicmedia.org

UPDATE FEBRUARY 24, 2016
Classical 91.7 KUHA being bought by KSBJ to become NGEN Radio

18 comments:

  1. Why bother with a terrestrial radio station?
    We'll rig up a Centova server to stream audio segments on a schedule.

    -ls

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  2. Shumate got rid of most of the local programming of KUHA and now she's taking it from my radio. This is the 4th largest city in the nation but the radio station choices are pathetic!

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  3. What a canned statement from Lisa Shumate. No one has HD radio, and putting a radio station on the web and calling it an upgrade is a flat-out lie. Ask Katie Couric if she'd rather be back on a national broadcast or stay diminished on Yahoo! There are thousands of classical stations already on the web....this would only be yet one more.

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  4. They should give it back to KTRU.

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    1. KTRU is broadcasting on 96.1 a low power station.

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    2. Where do you see that? I can't find evidence of that anywhere. 96.1 is a low-power country music station in livingston.

      Edit: nevermind, the article is here: http://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2015/2/9/ktru-is-returning-to-houston-airwaves-february-2015

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  5. I'm NOT surprised that 91.7 FM has getting rid of classical music!

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  6. Neither am I. If classical was so popular than KUHF would have left it on 88.7. Plus 91.7 is a week signal around parts of town.

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  7. Local news and music has been eroded ever since Lisa Trapani left Good Morning Houston and started working as a manager for media in Houston. Classical music has been a part of this town for many years. She removed the classical music from the powerful station where had been and placed it on a low power station where it can't be heard except by those in town. Then the local talent was fired after a disastrous fund drive and replaces them with canned and syndicated programming on this same weak station. Any wonder it failed. She has deleted the source of classical music in Houston singlehandedly. Sure we find it using HD radio but I'm guessing most radios in this town are not HD. Also we can use iHeart radio, if we use the data we pay for on our phones. But why pay for the crap she puts on the "radio." Now they will sell this station and we'll have God knows what instead of the alternative voice it used to be before she bought it or the face of local classical music she tried to turn it into until she killed it with her disastrous plans. Lisa do us a favor and leave management of lacal media to people who care about Houston.

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    1. I have to setp up and defend Shumate becase she has made the news department better at KUHF. She also put on the best Houston talkshow in town called Houston Matters. She cannot be blamed for the cancellation of Good Morning Houston. Channel 13 let that popular show die from poor quality.

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    2. In no way was I discussing Channel 13. She is a cancer on public airwaves and needs to leave. Clear enough?

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  8. Mike,why are you always the bearer of bad news,and never any good news as far as radio stations are concerned?Whelp,its just more evidence that Houston radio is dying.We can't seem to have any radio stations without it becoming either Mexican or rap crap.Do we need to finally get someone in Government to enact new laws,and put a stop this ratings game bullcrap?

    And stop Clear Channel and similar from flipping it to same old garbage we really don't need? I dread what this station is going to become.It could also become yet another crappy all news station.I'll miss not not hearing Brad Sails and his music at the movies show.Personally,I would rather it just be dead air, then the crap we have way too much of.

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  9. The "public", in quotes because they are public as long as you have enough money, airwaves are supposed to be managed by the FCC for our benefit. We have enough government in place we need to get the laws enforced so the the air is used by and for the public, not corporations bent on profits at all costs.

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  10. Why all of the hostility towards Lisa Trapani ?

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    1. I think its because she is a woman who successfully went from a TV host to running a TV and two radio stations.

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    2. I think even bringing up the fact Shumate is a woman is a bad idea. Did you ask Shumate if that is indeed the correct gender? Have you ever thought of using Ze instead? Be a HERO and replace the outdated "he" and "she." It could discriminate.

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  11. I think 105.7 maybe a good prime spot for either Classical or Soft AC.I think the only radio station that has targeted its workday listeners-KODA (Sunny 99.1) has really been playing more current & upbeat music as of late. They've ditched Barbara Streisand for Bruno Mars, and this is not your mother's KODA music anymore

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