Media and Broadcasting Policy

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz: "This Is Our Fucking City"

    When real tragedy like the bombings at the Boston Marathon last Monday occurs, one of the phrases that gets uttered seemingly every time is that "sports helps the healing process." Now, most of the time we hear this, it's uttered by someone who makes their living in sports, so the statement may b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Finally, The Super Bowl Is Safe For PG-13 Rated Entertainment Again

    The boob that launched a thousand obscenity complaints...​Over seven years after the FCC went into a tizzy over Janet Jackson exposing her breast during the 2004 Super Bowl (making a D-cup out of an A-cup, perhaps), a federal appeals court upheld its finding yesterday that the commission acted ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 5, 2011

    KTRU Lives On At KPFT In Seven-Year Lease

    Marc Brubaker​KTRU (91.7 FM), the student-run station at Rice University sold to the University of Houston just before the start of school last fall, will begin broadcasting on Pacifica station KPFT's (90.1 FM) high-definition channel, it was announced today. This means the station won't be r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    KTRU: No. 1 Local Music Story Of The Year

    Rocks Off has been counting down the top local music stories of the year. Before this came the Lightnin' Hopkins historical marker, Meridian imbroglio, Fitzgerald's sale and Trae vs. The Box. Brittanie Shey​Rocks Off wrote a lot of words about Rice University's pending sale of KTRU (91.7 FM) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    KTRU Sale Now Totally In FCC's Hands

    ​Earlier today, activist group Friends of KTRU filed its opposition to the responses to its Petition to Deny the sale of the station's FM frequency (91.7), broadcast tower and FCC rights from Rice University to the University of Houston System. UHS plans to convert 91.7 from the largely studen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    KTRU Deal A "Black Mark" On Rice University, Says Yang

    Photos by Marc BrubakerThese pictures are from a slideshow from KTRU's The Local Show shortly after the Rice-UH negotiations became public. See here for the rest.​If you've got a spare hour or two this holiday season, Rocks Off recommends you take a gander at the petition to deny Rice Universi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    KTRU's Plight Draws National Media Attention (UPDATED)

    Updated at 1 p.m. with comments from KTRU station manager Joey Yang. Photos by Brittanie SheySupporters of KTRU rallied on the Rice University campus in August to protest the station's proposed sale to the University of Houston system.​As time grows short for supporters of KTRU (91.7 FM) to h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    KTRU Deal Signed, Station Likely Off FM Air By End Of 2010

    ​After the University of Houston Board of Regents voted to buy 91.7 FM from Rice University and convert the frequency to all classical and fine-arts programming earlier this summer, various KTRU staff, alumni and supporters formed Friends of KTRU, an activist group dedicated to keeping the lar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    KTRU Deal Signed By Rice & UH; Station Goes Off The FM Dial By The End Of The Year

    ​The news isn't good for fans of KTRU.After the University of Houston Board of Regents voted to buy 91.7 FM from Rice University and convert the frequency to all classical and fine-arts programming earlier this summer, various KTRU staff, alumni and supporters formed Friends of KTRU, an activist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    KTRU News Roils, Saddens Local Music Community

    UPDATED (5:35 p.m.) to include comments from Rice's B.J. Almond and a new Facebook count. The fate of KTRU's annual outdoor free concert in the spring is one of many things that has yet to be decided.​News of the University of Houston's impending purchase of Rice University student radio stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    KTRH's Michael Berry: Bomb That Ground Zero Mosque!

    Image from KTRHKTRH says Berry's Number One; they don't mention the category is Hoping Mosques Blow Up​Michael Berry, the former city councilman who now runs KTRH and other Clear Channel AM stations here, has had a federal complaint filed against him by CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    The Upstart Sports-Talk Station Is Making Some Strides

    Photo by Daniel Kramer​We've been hearing this since 1560 The Game went on the air, but the time is finally coming.Pending one last final approval from the FCC, come some time next month, the station should be broadcasting a booming 15,000-watt signal from Katy that will cover the entire city. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    Comcast Vs. Your Bandwidth, Continued

    The Comcast vs. the World struggle continues. Today Comcast challenged last month’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission regarding the company’s blocking of certain traffic, such as large video files. The legal appeal, made in Washington, D.C., could lead to a precedent setting deci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 21, 2008

    Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe Malfunction, Revisited

    This morning a federal appeals court threw out the $550,000 indecency fine levied by the Federal Communications Commission against CBS for Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s 2004 Super Bowl incident in Houston, also known as Nipplegate. The court ruled the FCC acted "acted arbitrarily and ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2007

    Re: In the Line of Fire

    So Dusti Rhodes and Daniel Kramer just got waved off our roof by an officer on the ground -- damn cops, trying to infringe on our First Amendment right to get ourselves shot -- but not before Dusti managed to capture this charming little micro-narrative of a cameraman being shooed away. Scroll your ... More >>

  • News

    September 15, 2005

    Blocked Signals

    City, county officials silence a proposed radio station inside the Dome

  • Culture

    February 14, 2002

    Net Loss

    The government killed TV, and Hollywood's begging it to revive the corpse

  • Music

    July 12, 2001


    Not all pirates are bad

  • Music

    December 2, 1999

    Public Radio Inc.

    Local Music News

  • News

    May 13, 1999

    Silence on the Dial

    Two weeks ago the FCC shut down Montrose Radio. Can the pirate station survive the bust? Can the pirate station survive itself?

  • News

    April 20, 1995
  • News

    December 2, 1993

    Violence, TV and Demagoguery

    Congressional attempts to ax TV violence may put the First Amendment under the gun