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
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