KUHA 91.7 FM will soon move to an HD radio and digital format, Houston Public Media – the owner of the classical music station – announced Thursday.
General Manager Lisa Shumate told University of Houston officials she wants to sell the frequency and transmitter for the station. No layoffs are planned.
Since the classical music station is licensed to the University of Houston, the UH Board of Regents has final say over any changes.
“We are making this change in recognition of the growing popularity, superior broadcast quality and greater efficiency of digital broadcasting,” Shumate said in a statement. “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.”
The University of Houston Administrative and Finance Committee made the recommendation to the full board of regents, which is expected to approve the plan during its meeting on Thursday.
KUHA 91.7 FM was purchased from Rice University for $9.5 million in 2010. Most of the classical music and arts programming produced by Houston Public Media moved to the new station, along with live broadcasts with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera and local performing artists and groups. KUHF then adopted a 24-hour all news and information format.
In 2013, KUHA announced the creation of an arts & culture team, along with the elimination of eight full-time positions, including four local hosts. The arts & culture team will continue to produce content under the new HD format.
Learn more about Houston Public Media’s timeline here.