Friday, April 6, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 127



KUHF nearly makes goal in spring fund-raising campaign

By Jim Parsons
Daily Cougar Staff

KUHF, the UH-based public radio station, fell just short of its fund-raising goal of $500,000 during an abbreviated spring fund-raising campaign.

The campaign raised $481,253 from 4,343 new and renewing members, according to the KUHF Web site.

John Proffitt, the station's general manager, said the shortfall was negligible.

"It fell into the normal error in terms of recording a campaign," he said.

This spring's membership drive was a day shorter than usual -- a change Proffitt said was made to see whether the station could meet its goal in less time. The $500,000 goal hasn't changed in the past few biannual campaigns, Proffitt said.

KUHF was founded in 1950 as an educational community radio station that had a primary coverage radius of 75 miles. In the early days, the station featured original studio productions as well as international programs and armed services programming from Washington, D.C., the station's Web site says.

It also carried public-service programs from the Red Cross, the Houston opera and symphony associations and the Boy Scouts.

Over the years, KUHF has offered an eclectic variety of programs to the community, from show tunes to live broadcasts of NASA's lunar expeditions to 15-minute Swahili lessons.

Today the station offers a mix of local news, National Public Radio programming, classical music, Cougar basketball and a few other programs, Proffitt said. The station is completely community-supported, raising operating funds through the membership drives and other activities.

And although the spring campaign didn't make the $500,000 goal, Proffitt said it was a success: "No one can complain."

For more information on the station, visit

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