Friday, May 20, 2022

KPFT 90.1 to open new studio


KPFT at 90.1 on the FM dial will be celebrating its 52nd year in a new station in a central Houston location.

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“There's no place like home,” announced KPFT General Manager Robert Franklin.  “KPFT is moving to our new home in the heart of Houston 4504 Caroline St.   We are very excited and look forward to moving into our new building and welcoming all of our programmers and community supporters back to their favorite new community station home.”

KPFT Local Station Board Chair Sandy Weinmann recognized the dedication of the programming staff.  

 “Over the past two years KPFT’s volunteer programmer community has worked hard to keep programming on the air without a studio.  We are all grateful to move back into a studio that permits live programming.”

Pacifica National Board member Susan Young thanked all who have been a part of the effort to secure the new station. “This has been a team effort with the Pacifica national technical professional staff playing an important role in assuring that this location meets the many technical specifications that a radio station requires.  And we at KPFT are grateful for the unanimous support of the Pacifica National Board to go forward buying the new home for KPFT.”

KPFT is one of five stations of the Pacifica Foundation that pioneered public radio in 1946.  KPFT programming runs the gamut from local, national and international public affairs, issue specific features and an extraordinary line up of music programming that features many local and regional artists.  Programming has been accomplished remotely due both to the pandemic and to the sale of the prior building that was in disrepair. 

The new home is located in walking distance to north south transit service and east west transit service, the Houston Community College Central Campus and the new Rice innovation district called The ION.  

The KPFT studio will be in the historic Museum District at the gateway to Hermann Park with many important cultural organizations that will afford collaborative programming.  These include the Buffalo Soldiers Museum, The Mexican Institute, the Houston Museum of African American Culture, Asia Society, Holocaust Museum Houston, the Clayton Genealogical Archive, the Children’s Museum, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Miller Outdoor Theatre.  

The new KPFT home is in the vibrant, richly diverse Museum Park neighborhood.   

KPFT is largely powered by volunteer efforts. Those efforts will help to open our new studio.


(This post was taken from a release sent to me by KPFT)

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