KUSF Supporters Appeal FCC Decision to Sell College Radio Station

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Says the FCC isn't listening to them -- literally
Last month the Federal Communications Commission approved the unpopular sale of KUSF to the Classical Public Radio Network in SoCal, making it official -- University of San Francisco would lose its indie radio station for good.

But KUSF supporters aren't yet giving up. Proponents filed the paperwork this week, officially appealing the FCC's decision to sell 90.3 FM, saying that the sale happened behind closed doors and in violation of its own procedures. The petitioners claims that USF, the FCC, and CPRN did not allow the Friends of KUSF to be privy to those negotiations.

Peter Franck, an attorney representing the Friends of KUSF, called the FCC's decision "a travesty of justice, one that denies petitioner its statutory rights to have its petition considered honestly, fairly, and within the standards prescribed by law."

Franck argued the issue should have been considered at a hearing.

"From the beginning, USF and CPRN have done their sneaky business behind closed doors with an arrogance that all you have to do to control a noncommercial education radio station is toss around large sums of money," said Irwin Swirnoff, spokesman for Friends of KUSF. "We are hopeful the full Commission will step in and rule against this corrupt deal, which violates many FCC rules."

As readers (and listeners) recall, USF abruptly pulled the plug on the popular college radio station on Jan. 18, 2011, escorting DJs from the building. Shortly after, the community learned that the university had already moved on an agreement to sell the station to the Southern California network for $3 million.

The community, including city supervisors, rallied around KUSF, filing petitions and begging the university to withdraw its agreement to sell. The FCC said it would investigate the  questionable sale, and although it concluded USF and CPRN did violate some laws when negotiating the sale, that didn't stop the FCC from signing off on the deal.

Meanwhile, former KUSF DJs have formed partnerships with other local and national networks to provide an Internet stream called KUSF in Exile.

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