A poor fundraising campaign is being blamed for Classical 91.7 KUHA Houston’s decision to lay off four on-air hosts and a handful of off-air personnel today.
CultureMap Houston reports that the cuts were made after a nine day fundraising campaign that ended last Friday left KUHA $74,000 short of its $200,000 goal while sister NPR News/Talk 88.7 KUHF fell $200,000 short of its $1 million goal.
On-air hosts Bob Stevenson, Elaine Kennedy, Chris Johnson and Chris Hathaway were all dismissed today and replaced by American Public Media’s “Classical 24” Network. The local arts and music program “The Front Row” was also cancelled with the cuts.
KUHF agreed to purchase then KTRU from Rice University for $9.5 Million in 2010. It began operating the station as All-Classical KUHA in May 2011.