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 give 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 defended 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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Worldsoundkc
Worldsoundkc

As someone involved with community radio for a long time (KKFI 90.1 FM) here in Kansas City, I know how important a station like yours is to the people in your area. It takes a lot of work and dedication of the volunteers to keep it going. Obviously the university had its bottom-line as a priority rather than the people the station served. That's why control by educational institutions and corporations is not good and community stations have to fight for their independence from the whims of the suits on top.

USF Hater
USF Hater

Mother Fuckin' Shit Head asshole cock suck it all.

Johnny
Johnny

I've been listening to this since the 80s and remember hearing lots of bands when they were just being "discovered". And I listen to shows in French, German, Portuguese...don't understand what they're saying, but I'd never hear that music anywhere else. This is a dirty shame. I can't believe that I'm just left with Stanford's station to listen to in my car.

Primitiveone
Primitiveone

I hate that everything is for sale in our society. I'm sure that given the importance of the station to so many people, the community could have raised the funds to preserve the station. Instead of being secretive, USF could have used this as an opportunity to move KUSF out from under them and set KUSF up as a independent entity. Then the amazing legacy of KUSF could be preserved for the community.

Dubgabriel
Dubgabriel

THIS SUCKS!!The best radio station in the Bay!

Ilka_flypr
Ilka_flypr

WTF? I hope the fight back and WIN!! SF without KUSF - what's the world coming to?"KUSF staff, which includes community members and students, is already making plans to fight back."

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