KUHT-TV in Houston commenced broadcasting on May 25, 1953, from the Ezekiel W. Cullen Building on the University of Houston campus, as the first public television station in the nation. Its dedication ceremonies were broadcast on June 8 of that year. The station’s initial cost was an investment of $350,000 and had an annual operating budget of about $110,000. Originally licensed to both University of Houston (“UH”) and the Houston Independent School District, UH became its sole licensee in 1959.
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