What If The KTRU And Fitzgerald's Sales Were Reversed?
This summer has seen two of Houston's seemingly most-stable institutions thrown into complete chaos. First, Sara Fitzgerald turned over the lease of the her club to Omar Afra of Free Press Houston and Jagi Katial of Pegstar, the masterminds behind the incredibly successful Free Press Summer Fest.
And earlier this week, The University of Houston regents voted to buy the transmitter and FM dial space of KTRU, a station that is often the sole showcase of local and underground talent.
But what if it were the other way around?
DJ slots and internships at Rice become prestigious titles, with solid talent like Ian Wells becoming the next generation of music disseminators. Rather than being forced into the online world, the new KTRU actively embraces it as the future of radio, and begins to connect through live streaming video with acts all over the word. The station, once just a little college radio feed is now the driving force of new music in Texas.
Austin is forced to suck it.
The open-mike-style recitals between classically trained musicians eventually start making their way onto YouTube, where you would not believe the amount of classical music being played by people in their teens and early 20s. The videos turn Fitzgerald's into a kind of 21st-century classical Grand Ole Opry. Eventually, the university turns over management of Fitzgerald's to a team of annually elected top music majors, who guide the former flophouse from punk rock to punk Bach.
New York is also forced to suck it.