Aug 18, 2010

Rice students object to KTRU sale

Rice University students have launched a "sincere and civil" protest to block the sale of their campus radio station KRTU to the University of Houston, the Houston Chronicle reports. "We are totally opposed to the sale," KTRU p.d. Joey Yang tells the newspaper. "This is our radio station, and we'd like to keep it." The UH Board of Regents approved the $9.5 million purchase yesterday, but the FCC must also approve the license transfer. UH plans to expand its public broadcasting operations by converting KRTU into a classical music service broadcasting on 91.7 as KUHC; KUHF on 88.7 FM, the hybrid-format NPR station that it put on the air in 1950 with student volunteers, is to devote its schedule to news. The deal provides for Rice University students to program as an Internet radio station.

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