USF Sells Off KUSF, Its College Radio Station, Escorts Staff Out

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USF officials abruptly shut the doors to KUSF, the college's well-known indie radio station today, locking out students and DJs with no notice.

Security guards walked into the station on campus this morning in the middle of a show and ordered everyone out, according to one student DJ. The university then shut down the station, and allowed staff to go back inside and get their things.

While collecting his stuff, Chad Heimann, a junior and student DJ, picked up a call from SF Weekly.

"It's shitty," he said. "Security guards are kicking us out."

Students were shocked to learn that the The University of San Francisco quietly sold the college station -- 90.3 FM --  to a classical public radio network, which is launching a noncommercial classical music station in the Bay Area.

"It's a huge surprise," said one volunteer, who did not want to use his name. "Now university students have lost their voice."

KUSF will still remain as an online radio station, and all staff will be offered similar positions at KUSF.org. University officials defend the move, saying that the online format will give the station more capacity to accommodate "thousands" of listeners as opposed to the 100 listeners it is now limited to, according to the university.

The station has already "gone dark," as the university works to transition over the next few days.

KUSF staff, which includes community members and students, is already making plans to fight back. Volunteers and students are meeting tomorrow night to plan a demonstration at the university.

Station volunteers and DJs were told a few days ago that the station would be relocating to a new space on campus, but nobody said anything about it being sold and turned into an Internet radio station.

"It's not like you can drive around in the car listening to us anymore," Heimann said.

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