KTRU Will Air on KPFT's HD Station Under New Deal

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KTRU: The bumper stickers will still need updating
Rice's legendary KTRU will live again on the FM dial -- sort of.

Rice has signed a seven-year deal with KPFT to have KTRU broadcast on the Pacifica station's HD station, the achool announced today.

This means the station won't be reduced to just broadcasting on the Internet, a move that didn't make too many radio station supporters very happy when they were told that's how they could continue operations. The broadcasts begin at 9:01 a.m. February 14 on KPFT's 90.1-HD2 FM channel.

Rice President David Leebron took a lot of heat for the sales agreement which was negotiated privately between Rice and UH -- even from people who didn't listen to the station at 91.7 but who felt the matter should have been open for discussion by students before the universities made their deal.

Rice sold its broadcast tower and license for use by KUHF. Leebron said in a press release today that some of the money from the sale -- its approval is still pending before the Federal Communications Commission -- will be used to help pay for the seven-year lease.

KTRU Station Manager Joey Yang said they will also be reviewing their playlist in their new operation. "KTRU is also adding new and exciting music we haven't traditionally played before," he said.

Listeners will need an HD radio receiver to listen to the KTRU broadcasts, but there is no subscription fee, the press release said.

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Al
Al

"The inside track only works if you can show you have public support and are ready to mobilise it."

drod
drod

Fuck James Lebron and fuck Kantor UH, who the hell has HD radio?

Guest
Guest

Ignoring the fact that alot of HD radio is made up of stations that should of been giving a better chance on analog radio, HD radio does in deed have a shorter range than analog radio so getting back on analog should be a major priority.

anonymous
anonymous

This is a ruse. If HD radio is so great, then KUHF would be going that route with their format and save the $9.5mm.

Leebron is just trying to buy some time to neutralize criticism about his operating methods. He anticipates that he will have moved on from Rice within 7 years when the lease expires at KPFT, and he won't have to deal with it.

If Leebron was genuine, he would allocate all the proceeds of sale to KTRU to an interest bearing account for use by future students to buy back into the market in when another real facility becomes available.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Actually, KUHF already has three HD stations as part of their lineup.

ribalding
ribalding

May be speaking too soon, as the CEOs of KUHF and HUHT were just fired....with cause.

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