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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.

Rocks Off wrote a lot of words about Rice University's pending sale of KTRU (91.7 FM) to the University of Houston system this year. (Still pending, by the way.) A lot of words. As one of our deputies pointed out a week or two ago, we did not relish writing a single one.

We first heard whispers that KTRU was in trouble around the time of our music awards. Thanks to the confidentiality agreement Rice, U of H and the KUHF staff signed, they stayed whispers for a week or two; no one would even come close to saying anything even remotely on the record.

Then the whispers got louder, and Rocks Off finally got what amounted to a confirmation when the U of H media office directed us to the agenda for the August Board of Regents meeting. All that said was that the regents would be voting on purchasing "a radio station," but we figured they weren't about to buy The Buzz. Although maybe they should have.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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