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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 student-run, local music-heavy station it has been for the past 40 years into classical-music and fine-arts programming under the new call letters KUHA.

So if you're keeping score at home, Friends of KTRU filed their Petition to Deny the sale December 3, from which date Rice and UHS had seven days to file their own oppositional responses, which they did exactly seven days later (and somehow must have left our email address off the announcement they had done so). From there, the Friends had ten more days to file one more reply, which they have now done. Rocks Off doubts the ink was even dry from the FCC's "received" stamp before we heard about it.

In other words, that's it. No more petitions, responses or responses to responses. The last bit of paperwork in the controversial deal has been filed. Directly or indirectly, the KTRU saga has raised a host of issues, from whether students at a private university have a right to know when the school is negotiating to sell off one of its assets to how viable student-run over-the-air stations even are anymore, but now it's as good as over.

The next thing we hear about it will be from the FCC, and it will be the big one. Will the deal go through, as most people following the situation expect it will - even if they think it sucks - or will Friends of KTRU pull off an upset as big as when NC State knocked off U of H in the 1983 NCAA men's basketball championship game?

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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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