Houston Public Media has announced its intends to sell Classical 91.7 KUHA Houston.
The company will continue the Classical format on 88.7 KUHF-HD2 and online once the sale takes place. The board of Houston Public Media has approved the intent to sell the frequency. No buyers have been approached yet regarding a price for the station.
Station General Manager Lisa Shumate told KUHF:
“We are making this change in recognition of the growing popularity, superior broadcast quality and greater efficiency of digital broadcasting. 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.”
Houston Public Media, the owners of Public News/Talk “News 88.7” KUHF Houston, purchased then KTRU from Rice University in 2010 for $9.5 million and launched the Classical format in May 2011. After a poor fundraising campaign in 2013 the station eliminated four on-air positions and replaced the local programming with American Public Media’s “Classical 24” network.