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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sorry Not Sorry, Lorde: SF Radio Bans "Royals" During the World Series

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Nothing personal, we just can't abide by this: Lorde holding a jersey sent to her by '70s Royals third baseman George Brett. - VIA THE ROYALS' INSTAGRAM
  • via the Royals' Instagram
  • Nothing personal, we just can't abide by this: Lorde holding a jersey sent to her by '70s Royals third baseman George Brett.

Ahh, the post-season. Is there anything better than watching San Franciscans who might normally never make eye contact with one another high-five at random on public transportation because they're both wearing orange and black? For one all-too-brief month, we're united by all things Gigantes — which this year includes, quite naturally, collectively shitting on the Royals. 

SF radio stations KFOG and KOIT announced this morning that they won't be playing Lorde's inescapable 2013 hit "Royals" for the duration of the World Series. Reps from KOIT said the decision was prompted by "listener complaints." And KFOG program director Jim Richards told NBC Bay Area, "Why send any positive vibes to Kansas City? Why not give the song a rest? No one is going to get hurt over it." 

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Spin Control: The Dos and Don'ts of Landing a Song on KMEL

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM

KMEL assistant program director Kenard "K2" Karter.
  • KMEL assistant program director Kenard "K2" Karter.

If you're a rising local artist, it's not easy to get a song played on KMEL, but it's not impossible -- and your odds are actually better than you might think if you pay attention to the opportunities the station currently offers to the local community.

Having talent is essential, but it's not enough, in and of itself, to guarantee success. And while KMEL is owned by Clear Channel, which parents stations nationwide, assistant program director Kenard Karter says there is plenty more room for local artists to break through on the air.

But there's an etiquette -- a finesse, if you will -- to getting heard. And there are some pitfalls that it would be smart to avoid:

Do make an appointment on Music Monday

Music Monday takes place at the station from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday, and if you secure an appointment in advance, you can actually go there and play your song for staffers. They listen to about 10 new songs per week in person. "There's tons of opportunity," says Karter, who is also on-air from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays as K2.

Your song will most likely be considered for Home Turf, which broadcasts on Fridays at 11 p.m., but tunes that are successful there have a clear shot at moving to the main playlist. Additionally, each week, three songs are chosen to go on the Home Turf home page and get voted on by the public for a chance at being played on the air.

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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


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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Friday, March 18, 2011

This Just In: The U.S. House of Representatives Hates NPR

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 2:01 PM


National Public Radio is good. Very good. They entertain us with such shows as This American Life, inform us with Morning Edition, and drop some musical knowledge on All Songs Considered. But the United States House of Representatives doesn't feel the same way: today it voted to cut off government funding for the non-profit radio organization.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Has S.F.'s Pirate Cat Radio Run Aground?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Pirate Cat founder Daniel "Monkey" Roberts
  • Pirate Cat founder Daniel "Monkey" Roberts

DJs at San Francisco's Pirate Cat Radio are wondering what's going on with the Mission station -- and whether it even exists at all -- after founder Daniel "Monkey" Roberts abruptly pulled the plug on things in a staff meeting earlier this month.

No one's quite sure who owns the station, or to whom their dues are going -- or even where Roberts is.

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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 1, 2011

Ty Segall To Perform at Today's Save KUSF Rally, FreeFall Lives Again Online

Posted By on Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 9:30 AM


Well, the radio station at 90.3 FM is gone, and the website will only take 15 listeners, so anyone who wants to listen to their favorite KUSF show these days is pretty much screwed, right?

Wrong -- sort of. Today, as KUSF supporters prepare for another demonstration at City Hall -- this one featuring a performance from local garage-rock hero/former KUSF DJ Ty Segall -- and as the Save KUSF campaign continues in full force with T-shirts, posters, letters of support from famous people, and more sadness, we bring you a small present: DJ David Bassin's show FreeFall, a sweet two-hour set of "future jazz, R &B, global grooves & abstract beats." Hearing it feels like a tonic, even if it isn't coming through the airwaves. Check it out after the jump.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

KUSF Shutdown: Cartoonist Keith Knight Weighs in on What We're Losing

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 7:00 AM

By Keith Knight
  • By Keith Knight
Outrage over the KUSF shutdown isn't limited to those living in the Bay Area. Yesterday, Los Angeles cartoonist Keith Knight -- former S.F. resident, author of the syndicated daily strip The Knight Life, and winner of several national comic awards -- drew a full edition of The K Chronicles about the closure of KUSF. Turns out that over the 10-plus years Knight lived in San Francisco, he became a dedicated fan of the station, which, until its abrupt sale and closure last week, broadcast at 90.3 FM. The free-form radio station even helped Knight woo his German wife.

Needless to say, the man was less than thrilled about University of San Francisco's decision to sell off KUSF's FM broadcast license for $3.75 million. He couldn't be in S.F. for today's protest at City Hall, but yesterday Knight released this protest in the form of a comic. We bring it to you after the jump.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

KUSF Shutdown: Watch a Video Doc About Wednesday's Meeting and Protest

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Father Stephen Privett, president of USF, at Wednesday's meeting.
  • Father Stephen Privett, president of USF, at Wednesday's meeting.
Those of us who couldn't be at Wednesday's meeting at USF about the shutdown of KUSF 90.3 FM might find this video doc interesting. At about 15 minutes, it's no brief affair, but it covers much of what happened before and during Wednesday's meeting.  There's been plenty of press coverage of the events surrounding the KUSF shutdown, both from us and other outlets, but nothing we've read quite captures the frustration and anger of the station's supporters like this video. Check it out after the jump.

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