Ways to Listen to News 88.7

How to Listen On HD Radio

For starters, you will need to buy an HD Radio. You can find them at various retailers online, such as, such as Amazon, Best Buy and Crutchfield.

For listening in the car, you can connect a portable HD Radio to the auxiliary port on your existing stereo using an audio patch cable.

Once you have your radio, tune to 88.7FM and wait for the HD logo to light up.

For more details about HD Radio, see below.


How to Listen Online

The simplest way to listen online is to visit our Listen Live page. Open it on your desktop or mobile device and press play.

For our mobile users, we have newly redesigned apps in the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store.

Our stream is also available via iHeartRadio and TuneIn.

For more details on how to listen online, see below (desktop and mobile).

Listen to News 88.7 Over-the-Air

Analog FM Radio

KUHF, Houston Public Media News 88.7 transmits at 88.7MHz on the FM band. It is broadcast at 100,000 watts from a 1,722 foot tower located southwest of Downtown Houston, midway between Sugar Land and Pearland outside of Beltway 8.

Due to height of the tower and the relative flatness of the terrain in the Houston-Galveston area, KUHF’s signal propagates pretty evenly. Since FM relies on “line-of-sight” propagation, areas around the Galleria and Downtown can experience issues due to the grouping and density of the buildings.

KUHF, News 88.7 FM Contour Map

This map illustrates the predicted coverage area of KUHF’s analog transmitter. The area inside the red circle represents what the FCC regards as a “city-grade” signal, meaning it averages 70dBu or above. The purple circle represents an area with an average transmission power of 60dBu.


Digital HD Radio

Houston Public Media broadcasts its HD Radio™ content from KUHF 88.7FM. This tower is 1,520 feet tall and located southwest of Downtown Houston, midway between Sugar Land and Pearland outside of Beltway 8. Once your radio is connected, you can listen to one of our three HD channels:

  1. HD-1: A simulcast of KUHF News 88.7’s news and information programming
  2. HD-2: A simulcast of Houston Public Media Classical’s classical music and arts programming
  3. HD-3: KUHF Global, which features contemporary alternative rock from XPoNential Radio, a service of WXPN in Seattle

Though the transmission tower is the same as KUHF, our HD signal does not reach as far as our analog signal, due to FCC restrictions on HD Radio™ transmission power. Currently, HD broadcasts are limited to 10% of the power of their analog brethren, meaning our HD signal is broadcast at 10,000 watts, as compared to KUHF’s 100,000 watt transmission. The HD antenna is also located at 1,460 feet on the same tower, which is lower than the analog KUHF antenna.

KUHF HD Transmission Map
KUHF HD Transmission Map


About HD Radio

HD Radio™ is a proprietary digital broadcasting format created by Ibiquity Digital Corporation that allows for broadcasters to send multiple compressed audio streams within one over-the-air signal. To be able to receive HD Radio™ content, you will need to purchase an HD Radio™. It is also recommended that you purchase a high quality antenna.

A variety of antennas can be purchased from these retailers:

Many HD-capable radios for both home and automobiles are available from these retailers:

The Cliff Effect

Unlike analog transmissions, digital broadcasts suffer from a phenomenon called the “Cliff Effect.” Analog signals gradually degrade over distance, as signal strength decreases and more electromagnetic interference is introduced. Digital signals represent data that is transferred in either a perfect, complete state or not at all. That’s why you can receive HD Radio™ signals at roughly the same strength and quality to a point, and then not at all.

Listen to News 88.7 Online

Listen Live Page

The Listen Live page uses javascript to verify what audio formats your browser supports natively, and attempts to serve the stream that best matches your browser’s capability. If none of the streaming options are natively supported, the page will check for the availability of Adobe’s Flash plugin and attempt to serve audio that way. We are reserving Flash as a last resort, because, while Flash is versatile, it still requires an extra plugin to be installed, and has been victim of many security flaws and issues of late. The web in general is slowly dropping support for Flash, and we felt it necessary to do the same.


Supported Browsers

Outside Services

 Our streams are also available through several outside services that you can listen to using your browser.


Standalone Media Players

If the Listen Live page doesn’t work for you, or you simply don’t want to listen in a browser, our streams are also accessible through standalone media players.

All of our available streams have been compiled into one playlist file that can be opened in your media player, or you can choose which stream is best for you.


Recommended Players

Audio Formats: AAC, MP3

Listening in iTunes/Apple Music

In iTunes, our News 88.7 stream is available in iTunes Radio. In the Music section of iTunes, click the Radio tab and do a search for “Houston Public Media.”

If, for some reason, our stream in iTunes Radio doesn’t work for you, you can also try listening to our HLS stream directly. In iTunes, click File > Open Stream… (or use the shortcut Ctrl-U on Windows, Command-U on OS X), and paste in this link:


If you use the HTTP link listed above in iTunes, it won’t work, so you have to provide this link with its iTunes-specific protocol at the front.



Houston Public Media App

Houston Public Media has a native streaming application on both iOS and Android, which also provides access to schedules and other content from the Houston Public Media website. Both apps can be found in their respective app stores:


Streaming Service Apps

News 88.7’s streams are also available in a number of other streaming apps.

If you’re using an iOS device, you can also find us in iTunes Radio. Open the Music app, tap on the Radio tab and do a search for “Houston Public Media.”


Listen Live Page

The Houston Public Media Listen Live page is also available for mobile. The page uses javascript to verify what audio formats your device supports natively, and attempts to serve the stream that best matches your device’s capability. We have tested it with iOS 7-9 and Android 4.1+.


Smart Speakers

You can listen to Houston Public Media News and Mixtape using your smart speaker or virtual assistant. You can view all of our infomration on our new Smart Speaker page, or you can jump straight to your assistant of choice:



Houston Public Media also provides a third content stream called Mixtape, which features contemporary alternative rock from XPoNential Radio, a service of WXPN in Seattle. It is broadcast over-the-air on KUHF 88.7FM’s HD-3 channel.

Mixtape is also available online, via our Listen Live page, in the KUHF News app (by tapping the “Choose Stream” button), TuneIn, and in the NPR News App.

If you wish to listen to Mixtape in a standalone player, all of our available streams have been compiled into one playlist file, or you can choose which stream is best for you.


If you are experiencing intermittent interruptions in our streaming, there are a few things that you can check.

  • Check Your Wifi:
    If you live in an apartment or similar area and are connected to Wifi, you may need to check your router’s configuration. Most modern Wifi routers broadcast in the 2.4GHz range by default. This provides a good mix of range and bandwidth, but within a densely populated area like an apartment building, this slice of electromagnetic spectrum can become saturated, which can greatly decrease the strength of your connection. Newer routers (Wifi 5+) can also broadcast in the 5GHz range, which may be helpful to use if available. The 5GHz signal doesn’t provide as great of range as the 2.4GHz signal and can’t penetrate walls or other objects as easily, but is usually less crowded.

    If you’re on Wifi, try moving closer to your router and see if your connection improves. You may also try power cycling your router and modem. Simply unplug the power cable, count to 10, plug it back in, and wait for your devices to reconnect.

    If that still doesn’t work, you may want to run an speed test to verify your connection speed. SpeedTest.net is a good option, or you can simply search for “speed test” in your search engine of choice. Audio streaming doesn’t take a large amount of bandwidth (less than 1Mbps), but if your connection isn’t able to sustain that, you may want to contact your ISP for help.

  • Try the Non-Secure Stream:
    We offer our streams over a secure connection, but some players and devices are not compatible with that type of connection. If you’re having troubles, you can also try accessing our streams over a non-secure connection (listed above).
  • Check With Your IT Department:
    If you cannot access our streams at all, and are trying to connect to us using an office or corporate network, then your company’s IT department may be blocking streaming altogether. In order to save bandwidth and ensure quality-of-service for their users, many companies block video and audio streaming on their networks. We don’t necessarily enjoy that practice, but we certainly understand and apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Check Your Data Plan:
    Most wireless providers have so-called “unlimited data” plans, but there is a catch: while you do have access to unlimited amounts of data, the speed at which you access it can vary.

    It boils down to prioritization. If you use enough data to pass a predetermined threshold, your traffic will be given a lower priority. If you’re in a sparsely populated area, you most likely won’t notice. However, if you’re in a densely populated area with a busier network, your connection speed may be lowered in favor of other customers. If your connection is given lower priority, it will most likely not be able to stream our station without interruptions or dropouts.

    The “deprioritization threshold” varies from carrier to carrier. For example, AT&T and Verizon’s entry-level “unlimited” plans are always lower priority, while their more expensive plans have higher thresholds (AT&T’s start at 15GB, Verizon’s at 22GB). T-Mobile and Sprint allow you to use up to 50GB before being deprioritized.

If none of these options work for you, contact us and we will help.