KUHT/HOUSTON PUBLIC TELEVISION
America's First Public Television Station
May 25, 1953, KUHT made television history when it signed on the
air for its premier broadcast. As America's first public television
station, KUHT has served as a model and example for other educational
television stations and systems throughout the country. A Houston
institution, the station even pre-dates the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting (CPB) and the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).
licensed to the University of Houston, has proven the value of
educational television over the years. It began with a mission
to expand the reach of the university's classroom offerings and
to provide programming that would interest not only students and
faculty, but also the community at large.
The station has changed with the times:
broadcasting in color for the first time in 1964; becoming the
first station in Houston to telecast with closed captioning for
the hearing impaired in 1981; and the first to offer bilingual
capabilities, descriptive video and the Houston Taping for the
Blind Radio signal through SAP technology in 1991.
Houston Public Television has a long
history of quality, award-winning local and national productions.
Its original productions feature the history and culture of the
Southeast Texas Gulf Coast region with programs like The Texas
Rangers, The Ranchers, Love Of The Game: The History of Baseball
In Houston, Liberty Texas, In Search Of La Salle and the six-part
series Houston: Remember When. National productions include
Space Station, Live At The Woodlands With B.B. King, Living
With Killer Bees and A World Transformed.
The station's most recent offering
is Brother, Can You Spare A Billion? The Story of Jesse
H. Jones, about the Houston businessman who, as FDR's
fiscal right hand, saved the nation from complete financial collapse
and became one of the main architects of modern America. Narrated
by Walter Cronkite, the documentary airs April 3, 2000. Also on
tap for the winter of 2000 is a high definition digital production
of The Houston Symphony: A Maestro's Farewell.
Houston Public Television is leading
PBS stations into the digital age of television through the construction
of the LeRoy and Lucile Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting.
This new state-of-the-art broadcast facility will allow KUHT to
prepare for programming on its digital channel. With the increased
capabilities of the digital channel, the station's future plans
include expanding its electronic courses and long-distance education