I am writing to ask that you deny the petition to sell KTRU’s license to the University of Houston.
I have been a KTRU listener for over twenty-five years and know that its excellent and diverse programming is irreplaceable. KTRU’s tradition of communication and education will never be replaced in today’s concentrated media market, where commercial broadcasters race to the bottom seeking market share and return on investment.
A few years back, when the Houston Chronicle used to publish the local radio ratings, I saw that Clear Channel owned six or eight of the ten biggest radio stations in Houston. Stations that once played an all-jazz, all classical, even all oldies formats have gone away, as well as AM talk stations offering anything but right-wing bloviating. Houston needs KTRU to be an alternative to the usual commercial fare that is piped-in to studios nationwide.