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KDFC now Airing Classical Music Programming over the former KUSF Frequency

Earlier today I heard of University of San Francisco’s plans to sell off the FM license for KUSF and as the day has gone by more and more details have emerged. It turns out that the public radio group hoping to purchase the KUSF license will be airing programming from classical station KDFC. While listeners caught static at 90.3 FM beginning at 10am when the “suits” arrived and turned off the transmitter, by 5:15pm programming from classical station KDFC could be heard emanating from the old KUSF frequency. Announcements over the “new” KDFC are promoting that the station will officially arrive at 90.3 next Monday, January 24th at 12noon (as well as over 89.9 FM in parts of the SF Bay area) and they are already getting adjusted to their new “public radio” and “commercial-free” home as of this afternoon. KDFC also announced on their website that,

“This is an exciting time in KDFC’s history.  The station is changing from ad-supported commercial radio, to listener-supported public radio.  The University of Southern California, which operates Classical KUSC in Los Angeles, has entered into an agreement with Entercom Communications that will preserve KDFC as the classical music station in the Bay Area.

KDFC will be moving down the FM dial to broadcast over two non-commercial signals immediately: 90.3 in San Francisco, and 89.9 in the North Bay.  The station will be heard on 102.1 only until noon on Monday 1/24/2011.  The new signals will have minimal reception south of Oakland and San Francisco for now, but will continue to be available over the internet at  The new KDFC has already begun to look for new signals to offer reception in the South Bay and the entire Bay Area for our around-the-clock classical programming.”

KDFC is already looking for donations to support their new non-commercial station. Although KUSF still hasn’t been officially sold off, the powers that be at University of San Francisco are certainly making room for their frequency suitor, allowing them to take control of the airwaves going forward. It’s all part of a bigger series of commercial station moves that were announced today. KDFC will be sold to University of Southern California and rock station KUFX will begin airing at KDFC’s old frequency of 102.1FM. Christian station KNDL is also losing its frequency to make room for KDFC’s programming.

Stay tuned. We’ll keep you informed as more details emerge. Meeting and protests are scheduled at 7pm tomorrow at Fromm Hall at University of San Francisco.

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9 Responses to KDFC now Airing Classical Music Programming over the former KUSF Frequency

  1. MARK January 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    This sucks! I live on the Peninsula and now cannot receive a signal from a classical music station in the Bay Area.

  2. Jenny January 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    No classical reception in Palo Alto! What can be done?

  3. Lyrinda Snyderman January 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    How many people can listen streaming from their car or workplace? And many cannot receive the weaker signals here in Berkeley, the home of the Cal Music Department, Zellerbach and Hertz Halls (classical music venues, among others). We have lost the ability to hear classical music except while sitting at our computers at home. It is a sad time for the Bay Area.

  4. Thomas Wojak January 29, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    I’m so disappointed with KDFC….now we get no signal in Vallejo!

    …is this really a step in the right direction, administrators????

    Thomas Wojak

    Senior Adjunct Professor

    California College of the Arts

  5. David P. Michener January 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Our reception of 90.3 in Point Richmond is very poor during most of the day, This is most disappointing since we normally have KDFC on all day.

  6. jane sandstrom January 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    I tuned in to KDFC last night on the way to Lafayette. What has replaced wonderful classical music is dreadful. Now I have to try and find 90.3.

  7. Diane D February 2, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    WTF!! Soothing classical music is great for me and my grandson. What a dismal night we had last Friday when I found out it was no longer on 102.1 I live in the South Bay and there is nothing here now. 🙁

  8. Brian S February 10, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    if 90.3 does not work, try 89.9.

  9. Gwen Peterson March 10, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    When I moved from the Bay Area to Charlotte NC 14 years ago, I dispaired of finding a classical music station as good as KDFC (or KKHI before it was sold to Westinghouse). To my delight, I found WDAV, a listener-supported 24/7 classical station affiliated with Davidson College. At the risk of alienating my former neighbors in the SF area, it was actually a change for the better! Innovative programming, personable (not stuffy) hosts, live broadcasts of incredible performances, and real leadership in classical public radio. As long as many South Bay residents are forced to their computers to listen to classical music on the “radio”, check out and join the others from around the world who enjoy its programming!

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