The largest gift ever to the station will support its efforts to expand its reach and provide news and programming to communities in the greater southeast Texas region. The station has a weekly audience of more than 1.6 million people and provides local news and entertainment as well as national programming from NPR and PBS.
"The couple grew up with public radio and television and know the impact it makes on rural and urban communities," said Lisa Shumate, Houston Public Media's associate vice president and general manager. "They are longtime supporters of NPR and PBS, and their gift will support Houston Public Media's emphasis on advancing free speech, educating the community, and ensuring fair, unbiased news. It's such an honor that University of Houston alumni support Houston Public Media in this way."