University Pulls Plug on KUSF, Music Community Reacts with Horror
You can read our full report on the sale of KUSF over at the Snitch, our news blog. Below, reaction from the local music community, and details from a former KUSF broadcaster about previous warnings that changes were in store for KUSF.
• Station manager Steve Runyon announced at a summer 2010 meeting that the station faced eviction by USF and may move to Fort Mason. He also mentioned the possibility of the license being sold. Other Jesuit college radio stations, including Los Angeles station KXLU, have had similar actions take place -- threats and sales of licenses.
• At the January 2011 meeting it was announced that the station would move to a new building on campus, but there was no mention of losing the FM license.
• USF administrators (including KUSF paid staff) sign a very strict confidentiality agreement, so they've always been tight lipped about anything related to station finances, inner workings, and business with the university -- hence the "surprise" announcement.