Houston Public Media (KUHT channel 8) has adjusted its subchannel lineup today. Gone from 8.3 is V-me, the Spanish-language channel; it has been replaced by a 24-7 PBS Kids channel. The channel will also be available as a live stream on pbskids.org and on the free PBS KIDS Video App for mobile and tablet devices
Houston Public Media is taking advantage of the new common ownership among KUHT channel 8, NPR news-talk KUHF 88.7 FM, and classical KUHA 91.7 FM by beginning to simulcast Classical 91.7 on KUHT channel 8.5.
This will certainly help reception of the classical music signal in the south and west portions of the area, since KUHA’s tower is near Humble.
No sign yet of a KUHF simulcast on a KUHT subchannel.
KUHT also carries the audio-only Sight into Sound audio reading service on channel 8.4.
HoustonPBS, KUHT channel 8, has posted to their Facebook and Twitter: “Attention Night Owls & Early Birds: HoustonPBS Channel 8 will be OFF the air 12:30am tonight [Wednesday, April 4] for scheduled routine maintenance, back by 7am.”
KUHT has posted on their Facebook:
We will be shutting down our transmitter after midnight for maintenance. (12:30 AM to 5:30 AM). Over the air viewers, AT&T Uverse, DirecTV, and Dish will all lose our signal as they are fed over the air as well. Comcast and Beaumont who are fed by fiber will continue to receive our programming. Wish us luck!
CultureMap is reporting today that the University of Houston will be merging its radio and TV operations into one organization, to be called Houston Public Media.
The two stations have previously been run separately.
Presumably 91.7 will be integrated into the new structure when the purchase of the station from Rice is completed.
Since KUHT is running Turning Sight into Sound Radio on 8.4, I wonder if there would be enough room to simulcast KUHF and the future KUHC on subchannels of KUHT?
The Chronicle has a profile of U of H archivist Dick Dickerson, who is fighting time in an effort to save 600 historical films from KUHT’s earliest days.