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February 17, 2011



Glad to see this story getting further coverage here! Thanks, Brian.

That Guy

Tempest in a teapot. Seems to me like it a reasonable thing for a private educational institution that is struggling financially to sell a piece of property that is not central to its mission. From what I have read the station had few student workers or listeners. I suppose the university should have offered the local folks the opportunity to match $$$ they were getting from the other buyer...but that would have probably been a major clusterfuck for them in the end. Yes, it is sad when something cool disappears. SF has scads of good radio stations. If this were happening in Des Moines or Lincoln there might be more cause for alarm.


Hey Guy,
You have only been reading the propaganda put out by USF, the seller, and the University of Southern California, which is empire building. Did you also hear about the station being shut down mid-broadcast with no warning by the armed officers of the college police form known as Public Safety?


Jeez, Guy, you're only wrong on the following points:

1. USF is "struggling financially." (The university is quite rich, and they sold the station cheap.)
2. KUSF had "few student workers or listeners." (KUSF trained many, many students over the years and had tens of thousands of listeners.)
3. "SF has scads of good radio stations." (KUSF was the only San Francisco college station broadcasting over the airwaves, and the only SF station with a free music format and multilingual programming.)
4. "If this were happening in Des Moines or Lincoln..." (It just might be! But ill-informed guys like you would probably make excuses for those situations, too.)

I'm not sure why you're hanging out on an indie radio station blog with attitudes like yours. Stations like KUSF are something larger than the entity that owns them. They're of the community, by the community, and for the community. The airwaves on the left end of the dial are reserved for such outlets. You should know this--or are you just a USF troll?




Tell it, Ratso!


Isn't Entercom as much to blame as the University of Southern California, if not more? They're screwing over classical music fans by moving KDFC to the other end of the dial and screwing fans of free-form radio by shutting down KUSF. All of this is designed to give a San Jose-based "classic rock superstation" more penetration into the northern part of the Bay Area.

I don't want to see classical fans pitted against KUSF fans. They both have culturally valuable programming.


very cool


good point, sprattle. someone should look into that angle. I haven't heard that before, but it sounds very likely.

and then there's *this* going on...


Hey That Guy,

I have lived in San Francisco since '92. I now live in Oakland. I have listened to KUSF driving to work in Marin, SF, Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, San Mateo and Hayward because commercial Bay Area radio stations are rather tepid and stagnant. Radio stations like KUSF, KALX, KFJC, KZSU & KSJS bring unique programming that is not inhibited by "radio programers" but enlivened by individuals who bring creative heart to the airwaves with every show and cultural program.

Unfortunately because of their humble existence these awesome radio stations do not broadcast clearly in every quadrant of the land but provide an exciting oasis from county to county for musical individuality. KUSF brought a variety and spirit unique to its own staff as the other stations do. Every radio station has its own unique flavor that constantly evolves and grows but the loss of KUSF is like the loss of a family member.

While USF is a wealthy institution the station raised its own funds for the new broadcast antenna that was sold as part of the transaction. The musical collection could be argued to be property of the station because it was curated and developed by the countless volunteers of the past three decades.

KUSF produced shows, brought new and unknown performers to the ears of thousands and thousands listeners. It's ironic to consider that before they grew up Metallica could only be heard on the radio, in the eighties, on KUSF before they got their cassettes out there.

I understand that you might not be concerned with others' musical culture. Please consider your dilution and misunderstanding of the facts maybe a symptom of the community of why radio is in such endangered circumstances...

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