Today in Texas History – July 29

From the Annals of Public Non-Broadcasting  –   In 2010, Baylor University’s KWBU-TV/Waco signed off after 21 years due to budgetary shortfalls. The PBS station went on the air in 1989 as KCTF and in 1994 the license was transferred to Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Foundation and the station was moved to the Baylor campus.  The Waco community never fully supported the station and lack of local contributions ended its run.  Although Baylor had majority control of the BVPBF, KWBU still technically held a community license. However, the partnership with Baylor led to the perception that it was a “Baylor station,” which further cut into the community support needed to keep the station on the air.  Baylor itself was apparently uninterested in picking up the slack to keep public broadcasting on the air in Waco.  Could the University’s all-consuming focus on its corrupt men’s basketball and football programs have had anything to do with that?

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