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Thursday, June 7, 2012

BREAKING: FCC Approves KUSF Sale to SoCal Radio Network, Jointly Fines Both Parties $50k

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM

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The Federal Communications Commission today approved the sale of KUSF 90.3 FM from the University of San Francisco to the Classical Public Radio Network, finding that the "public interest will be served by its approval." But the FCC also jointly fined USF and the Classical Public Radio Network $50,000 for USF having accepting payments in exchange for immediately making KUSF airtime available to CPRN, a violation of FCC rules.

This appears to mean that the sale of KUSF is complete, and that the beloved community radio station that was abruptly taken off the air in January 2011 is gone for good.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

KUSF Sale Report: FCC Limbo Now at 16 Months

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 10:28 AM

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Call it 16 months of dead air: That's how long it's been since San Francisco's beloved KUSF 90.3 FM went dark in the middle of a January Tuesday, with no warning whatsoever.

And after all that time, it's still unclear whether the sale of the station to a SoCal classical music radio network -- which infuriated community radio supporters and music fans across the country -- will actually be approved.

The $3.75 million sale of the station's FM broadcast license is still in limbo at the FCC, the government body that oversees such transactions. The agency called for further review of the sale last year, but it has no deadline to meet and won't comment on its work. So there's no indication of how long it might be before the fate of KUSF is decided.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

KUSF Sale: FCC Wants to Sweat the Details

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 1:27 PM

KUSF supporters at a hearing on the station's closure earlier this year. - CHRIS STEVENS
  • Chris Stevens
  • KUSF supporters at a hearing on the station's closure earlier this year.

Doesn't look like the FCC is going to just rubber-stamp USF's sale of the beloved community radio station KUSF.

In a letter yesterday, the FCC's audio honcho asked to see all the documents generated in the last year related to the sale of the 90.3 FM broadcasting license to the Classical Public Radio Network. The $3 million deal, which was announced out of nowhere in January, immediately silenced what had been a treasured spot for local, smaller, older, and weirder music on the Bay Area radio dial.

Before the sale is complete, the FCC has to sign off. Yesterday's request for more information does not mean the sale won't be approved. But KUSF volunteers and DJs -- who were understandably furious and heartbroken at the sudden closure of their station -- are taking it as an encouraging sign.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

KUSF Still Isn't Saved; Help Support it by Seeing Economen This Friday

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Minutemen tribute band Economen: Too econo to hold still.
  • Minutemen tribute band Economen: Too econo to hold still.
Raise your hand if you still miss KUSF 90.3 FM. Raise your hand if you still pine for the good ol' days of earlier this year, when you could turn on a radio in San Francisco and hear a DJ who was also in San Francisco playing music by people from San Francisco.

Okay, is that everyone? Right. We thought so.

So KUSF still isn't saved, but there are things you can do to help. Save KUSF, the group of DJs and volunteers that worked at the station when it was still a real station, has been putting on near-weekly benefit events to help the cause. They're something to gather funds and keep hope alive while we all wait to hear whether the FCC will approve the sale of the station's transmitter.

The next of those events is an unusual Friday night show at Bender's Bar, entrance to which can be yours for the meager price of $5. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the songs of the Minutemen and a former member of the Stooges. Really!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

KUSF DJs Briefly Return to the Airwaves Today at Noon

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 7:58 AM

The crowd at a gathering to protest the sale of KUSF in January. - CHRIS STEVENS
  • Chris Stevens
  • The crowd at a gathering to protest the sale of KUSF in January.
For three hours today, thanks to Amoeba Music in S.F. and college radio stations around the country, KUSF DJs will be rocking the airwaves like Jan. 18 never happened.

Starting at noon, well-known KUSF DJs like Irwin, Carolyn, and DJ Schmeejay will be spinning records in half-hour sets at Amoeba S.F. Their shows will in turn be broadcast on college radio stations around the country, including WFMU 91.1 FM in New Jersey, KZSU 90.1 FM at Stanford, and KXLU 88.9 FM in Los Angeles.

This is, of course, an effort to remind people of the poverty of the airwaves after KUSF's broadcast license was abruptly sold off by the University of San Francisco last month -- and to encourage efforts to get the sale reversed.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Reminder: KUSF May Be off the Air, But Its Rock 'n' Swap Is Still Happening this Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Sadly this is now memorabilia, too.
  • Sadly this is now memorabilia, too.

Every day brings new developments in the KUSF story: Today, it came out that some of University of San Francisco's faculty wants the university to cancel the sale, and just a few moments ago, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution opposing the sale of the nearly 37-year-old freeform community radio station.

Thankfully, amidst all this chaos, one thing about KUSF hasn't changed: the KUSF Rock 'n' Swap, a long-running orgy/sale/celebration of music memorabilia, including vinyl, CDs, posters, and other good music-related wares.

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