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Some Parting Wisdom From News 88.7’s Paul Pendergraft

For more than 30 years, Paul Pendergraft has been a mainstay in radio – the last 20 right here at Houston Public Media where he’s been a reporter, a news director, a senior producer and an artistic adviser. He’s won major awards, produced staples including Engines of Our Ingenuity and Texas Originals, and he’s even […]

Houston Public Media's Paul Pendergraft is retiring after some 30 years in radio, including 20 at KUHF/News 88.7. He's pictured atop the Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting on the University of Houston campus. (Photo: Mark DiClaudio, Houston Public Media)For more than 30 years, Paul Pendergraft has been a mainstay in radio – the last 20 right here at Houston Public Media where he's been a reporter, a news director, a senior producer and an artistic adviser.

He's won major awards, produced staples including Engines of Our Ingenuity and Texas Originals, and he's even been coerced into joining us from time to time here on Houston Matters. He also recently announced his plans to retire.

As is quickly becoming tradition around here, however, you can't walk away from News 88.7 without participating in a Houston Matters exit interview.

Paul tells us how he got into radio — as he puts it — almost by accident. And he shares memories of some of his favorite stories he’s covered over the years.

(Above: Houston Public Media’s Paul Pendergraft is retiring after some 30 years in radio, including 20 at KUHF/News 88.7. He’s pictured atop the Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting on the University of Houston campus. Photo: Mark DiClaudio, Houston Public Media)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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