On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will likely approve a symbolic resolution opposing the University of San Francisco's decision to sell KUSF, the community-based radio station that was abruptly shut down two weeks ago. Even if the vote is unanimous, as author Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi hopes, it will won't likely change anything.
The community has a much better chance at saving the old indie station if everyone writes to the Federal Communications Commission, which is considering the sale this month.
If this isn't ironic -- USF tells us the
government agency that regulates communications
technology is asking that the public send its comments via snail mail.
So go buy a stamp and an envelope.
Here's the address:
Federal Communications Commission
Office of the Secretary
445 12th Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20554
According to savekusf.org, you can also send the letter to USF's Michael Bloch to be included in the FCC's public file for USF:
University of San Francisco
College of Arts and Sciences
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
of the $3.75 million deal it made to sell 90.3FM even if it wanted to, according to spokesman Gary McDonald. (We're guessing it
doesn't, though McDonald wouldn't comment on that.) The university is contractually bound to the decision, unless the feds oppose the transaction.
"There's no backtracking for us at this point," McDonald says. "You can't just decide you can't go through
with the contract you've signed. The FCC can undo the deal. USF can't
undo the deal."
So what if the FCC was to reject the sale?
USF isn't expecting that to happen.
"We're not making a contingency plan because we're expecting the deal to
go through," McDonald says.
McDonald says that KUSF was no
longer serving the educational purpose it did when it first started in
the 1970's. "It was completely managed and run by students. Now it's
only 10 percent run by students. Now we're subsidizing what's
essentially a community-run station with student tuition dollars, and
that's what we think isn't fair."
kusf.org, the only place you can still hear KUSF content.