USF Faculty Asks University to Cancel Sale of KUSF

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Even teachers and librarians like music
The University of San Francisco is already feeling the pressure from the community to back off the sale of the college radio station, KUSF. There have been protests, rallies, and even the city's politicians are supporting the student body in its effort get its indie radio station back.

Now, some its own faculty is asking the university to reverse the sale. A committee with the San Francisco University Faculty Association, a union representing 300 faculty members and librarians, has signed off on a resolution, requesting that USF and the Federal Communications Commission cancel the sale of 90.3 FM, and give the community a chance to obtain the radio station itself.

Last week, angry faculty members showed up to a USFFA meeting, asking that the governing board pass a resolution opposing the sale of KUSF. It was approved, and today, members of the union will attend the Board of Supervisors hearing to show their support for the radio station, which was abruptly shutdown on Jan. 18. The university decided to sell 90.3 FM to a classical public radio network, which is starting a noncommercial classical music station in the Bay Area.

Without consulting the community, the university decided that shifting KUSF to an online only format would increase its listening base. However, music directors, had told SF Weekly that they were having trouble pulling listeners into the station, and as of last week, there were only 15 people tuning into KUSF online.

"They are hoping to put pressure on the FCC to reject the sale," said Elliot Neaman, a history professor and president of USFFA. "It will be difficult, nobody has any illusions about that, but they want to turn this ship around."

Last week, Gary McDonald, spokesman for the university, told SF Weekly, that it was not possible for USF to rescind the $3.75 million sale of KUSF, even if it wanted to. The fate of the radio station is now in the hands of the FCC, which is expected to review the transaction later this month.

"There's no backtracking for us at this point," McDonald told us. "You can't just decide you can't go through with the contract you've signed. The FCC can undo the deal. USF can't undo the deal."

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SF resident
SF resident

I listened to KUSF during my commute everyday, azzhole. I'd be out there protesting if I didn't have to work.


KUSF is still for some reason streaming at 56k, and using that damn to serve it, which is probably the one imposing that 15 listener limit. Even if live365 isn't the one imposing the limit, listening to music at 56k is like listening to AM, which is retarded.

I've lived in San Francisco for 12 years and have listened daily almost that whole time, and almost every single person I know listened to KUSF very regularly.


The reason Arbitron was not listed is because they require the FM station to have a non audible signal to be broadcast with the regular transmission. This costs about 900 dollars. The terms of the contract, by Arbitron, require that if the station has any interruption, or if the device fails ,it MUST be fixed in 12 hours. Since KUSF had two first class engineers that were on contract, and had many other stations to attend to, they may not be able to get to KUSF fast enough, thereby "voiding" the contract with KUSF. Also it would cost money to fix it, all the money that was not provided with USF . This is the reason in simple terms and the Arbitron uses PPM's (Personal Meters) that record these inaudible signals.

David Kaye
David Kaye

KUSF never showed up in Arbitron, while even KOHL and KPFA have shown up there. It seems that the protests against the KUSF sale are all coming from people who had programs on the station, not from any listening audience they might have had.


For some reason my comment got deleted, odd.

Anyway I just wanted to add to the chorus that David is absolutely wrong about KUSF having no listeners except people who work there. I've lived in San Francisco for about 12 years and I listened daily, and so did pretty much everyone I know. We lost a huge cultural force in San Francisco. David still has Clear Channel so he'll be fine, but for the rest of us, its a huge loss.

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