New Classical 91.7 launches with a hat tip to the station that came before (notKTRU)
When the new Classical 91.7 launched this morning at 6 a.m., it did so on a familiar note.
Although listeners (like me) who tuned in to the online stream weren't synced up until about 10 minutes after 6 a.m., those who listened to the FM signal heard Morning Show host Elaine Kennedy introduce the new station with the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony "Ode to Joy" — which was, coincidentally, the same piece that KRTS closed with when that all-classical station closed in 2004.
Although the nod wasn't intentional, Kennedy says of her song selection: "[Ode to Joy] brings together all of the elements to be heard every day on Classical 91.7, instrumental 'voices' in harmony with the human voice. It seemed fitting for such a joyous occasion."
Classical 91.7 debuted Monday after the University of Houston purchased the signal, formerly the home of Rice University's KTRU, from the university.
The purchase meant a change in programming for KUHF 88.7, which switched to an all-news and information format Monday morning. For some KUHF listeners who tuned in for classical music, the switch to the 91.7 signal was bittersweet. (The 91.7 tower has considerably less reach than the 88.7 tower, and doesn't reach some listeners in south Houston.)
Doug Blodgett commented on the KUHA/KUHF Facebook fan page: "I noticed [the signal] was very weak on my car radio this morning in Spring too, but am very glad to have full-time classical radio back in Houston."