Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi to Introduce Resolution Supporting KUSF, Rally Planned at City Hall

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Gone but not forgotten
Since USF officials shuttered KUSF college radio last week, volunteers and students have come up with an organized campaign to wrestle back their beloved indie station, 90.3 FM.

They've garnered attention and support throughout the community with online petitions and a  "Save KUSF" Facebook page with more than 6,000 members. They've even gone on local radio stations, blasting university officials for selling off the community radio station to a classical music network in a $3.75 million deal.

And the momentum is only increasing.

Tomorrow, students, alumni, and volunteers will hold a rally outside City Hall at 1 p.m., an hour before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meets in session. Here, volunteers say they will have the chance to talk to people about how they are losing a local radio station, which started in 1977 and is known for its diverse programs in nine different languages.

Like everyone else, city supervisors have been getting emails and phone calls from KUSF advocates, asking for their help to block the sale. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who represents the district where University of San Francisco is located, last week attended the meeting where volunteers talked about ways to save the station. The supervisor was appalled at what was happening, and pledged his support to help KUSF.

Mirkarimi has crafted a resolution in support of the volunteers who are trying to keep 90.3 FM a community radio station. He will introduce the resolution at tomorrow's board hearing.

"I wish we could do more," Mirkarimi said. "This is another corporate slam against public access radio. It's a tragedy for USF to not consult the community and give it a chance to save the station before they sold it off."

Ultimately, what they want is to have a chance for the community to purchase the radio station, which has now been moved to an online format,  said Irwin Swirnoff, a KUSF volunteer. Swirnoff pointed out that the Federal Communications Commission has not yet approved the sale, which gives volunteers more time to build their case to try and block the transaction.

"We are hoping to remind everyone that this is our station," Swirnoff said. "We deserve the right to have an open sale to the community so we can still own the transmitter."

USF abruptly closed the radio station last week and escorted student DJs out of the building. University officials then announced they would shift KUSF to an online format.

Student DJ Chad Heimann was initially ready to fight back, but now he's lost hope that KUSF will revert back to its FM dial.

So instead of attending Tuesday's rally, Heimann said he and many other student DJs will be  preparing to for their shows at the new online station.

"It sucks, but we need to learn to accept it," Heimann said. "There is really nothing that can be done."

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Spysea
Spysea

Douche bag communists, USF is a private company/university it can do whatever the (bleep) it wants , Comrade MIRCOMMIE ... spend your time on important issues in SF , like the billions you've pissed away on stupid projects, fiscal pork, homeless aid, tranny operations pot clubs, and running businesses out of SF..... what a bunch of morons seem to be in SF

Bluto Ray
Bluto Ray

Just try to relax, Spysea. There's help for you if you seek it.

MARSupial_possum
MARSupial_possum

The man to speak to is Eric Mar. He sent a rep to last week's meeting. Mar said USF is in his district, not Mirkarimi's. But whatever....it's an FCC issue. I think that's Obama's district.

Carolyn
Carolyn

Sorry to hear Chad has lost hope. He is a great DJ. I, on the other, have not lost hope. The amazing outpouring of support from the San Francisco community is incredible. People of every style want their KUSF. We want our voices on the airwaves and we are ready to fight for it. See everyone at 1 pm at City Hall tomorrow. Watch www.savekusf.org for updates on our progess.

njudah
njudah

I'm always the first to bitch about nonbinding resolutions, but that is because so many are of the Eric Mar/ David Campos "let's talk about shit we have no control over" variety.

In this case, I think Sup. Mirkarimi is bringing light to a rather odd decision that took away a FCC licensed community resource and was done so under some pretty rotten conditions - treating employees as criminals and having rent-a-cops come in and get their bully on.

So for this, I say it's fine. I don't know what will happen, but at least it's kind of a nice "fu" to USF for being kinda lame.

I'm sure David Chiu and his allies will kill it as they take their orders from His Willieness.

germ KUSF DJ
germ KUSF DJ

"There is really nothing that can be done."

anything can be done Chad!

It's up to each of us to choose what we should do.

good luck with your quick decision young man.

germ

shekky
shekky

"There is really nothing that can be done."

really? nothing? i beg to differ!

Carolyn
Carolyn

I am sorry to see Chad has lost hope. He is one of the best DJs on KUSF so I hope he regains faith. I, on the other hand, have hope. The outporuing of support from the San Francisco community is encouraging to me. People love KUSF and don't want to lose it. For that I will continue to fight. Please check www.savekusf.org for news and updates on our progress.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

To the Non-Binding Resolutionmobile!

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