HOUSTON March 30, 2007 - KUHF Houston Public Radio raised $758,570 during its Spring 2007 on-air fundraising campaign which ended Friday morning, March 30 at 9:00 a.m. This final total of $758,570 exceeded the original goal of $700,000 by 8.4%. The final total represents direct donations from 1,060 new and 2,801 renewing contributors, and includes individual and corporate challenge grants used during the course of the campaign.
Approximately 89% of KUHF Houston Public Radio's annual revenue comes from the local community through individual gifts and business and industry program underwriting. The remainder comes from a federal Community Service Grant, miscellaneous services and interest on the station's fund balance. KUHF receives no direct funding from either the State of Texas or the University of Houston.
"All of us at Houston Public Radio are grateful for this outstanding show of support from the community" KUHF CEO and General Manager John Proffitt said. "This vote of confidence in KUHF is gratifying, and we commit ourselves to continue to provide thoughtful, in-depth news and features, and great classical music as a public service. With the recent addition of our Spanish-language digital channel, KUHF now provides three separate and continuous channels of programming. Our three channels news and information; classical music and fine arts; and Spanish language news are available 24/7 on HD Digital radio and on our website through audio streaming. Our expanding program service is indicative of our commitment to serving greater Houston with the finest that public radio has to offer."
Community leaders serving as guest hosts during the campaign included: Matthew Van Besien, Executive Director, the Houston Symphony; C.C. Conner, Managing Director, Houston Ballet; Sarah Loudermilk, Executive Director, Da Camera of Houston; Georgiana Young, Executive Director, Society for the Performing Arts; Anthony Freud, General Director, Houston Grand Opera; and Professor John Lienhard, Host and Author of The Engines of Our Ingenuity among others.
Companies which offered challenge grants included: Air Liquide; Amegy Bank, Chamberlain Hrdlicka, Attorneys at Law; CB Richard Ellis; The Law Firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; James E. Bashaw & Company and Tara Energy.
KUHF Houston Public Radio is a fully professional radio service affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR) and certified by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Broadcasting on 88.7 FM and on three channels of HD Digital, KUHF provides three independent program services of (1) News and Information, (2) Classical Music and (3) News and Information in Spanish. KUHF is supported financially by its listener-members, and by gifts from the greater Houston community, through the Association for Community Broadcasting. KUHF is licensed to the Board of Regents of the University of Houston and is operated in the public interest as a community outreach of the University. More information at http://www.kuhf.org/.