KTRU: Is U Of H About To Buy Rice Student Station?
Rocks Off has heard that Rice student station at 91.7 FM, long one of Houston radio's few outlets for underground, avant-garde and local music, may about to be acquired by the University of Houston for use as a sister station to KUHF.
So far we have been unable to confirm U of H has specifically targeted KTRU. However, the University of Houston's Board of Regents' meeting scheduled for tomorrow morning has an action item on the agenda that would authorize U of H system Chancellor Renu Khator to "negotiate and execute an asset purchase agreement up to $10 million related to the purchase of a radio station for use by KUHF."
The item, available in PDF form here, continues:
"As a component of UH, KUHF will engage our community and will contribute toward community advancement through the purchase of a radio station for up to $10 million. KUHF would then be programmed with 24-hour, NPR news and information, while the newly acquired station, proposed to be renamed KUHC, would be programmed with 24-hour, classical music and fine arts."
Citing a confidentiality agreement, Richard Bonnin of the U of H media relations office would only confirm the item's existence on the agenda in a voicemail to Rocks Off earlier this afternoon.
B.J. Almond, Rice Senior Director of News and Media Relations, likewise had no comment: "That's another thing I'll have to run by somebody else."
The Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. tomorrow in Ballroom E on the second floor of the Hilton University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun.