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January 18th Protest Marks One Year Anniversary of KUSF Shutdown

KUSF Anniversary Protest

KUSF Anniversary Protest

Radio Survivor readers are familiar with the twists and turns related to the January 18, 2011 shutdown of University of San Francisco’s college radio station KUSF and the resulting year of protests. On that date, at 10am, music turned to static as the KUSF transmitter was shut down in preparation for transferring control of the station to the formerly commercial classical station KDFC.

By the end of the day on January 18, 2011, KDFC could be heard not only on its original frequency of 102.1 FM (owned by Entercom), but also on KUSF’s 90.3 FM. This simulcast was short-lived, as a secret deal had set the wheels in motion for Entercom to offload KDFC’s brand to the resurrected non-commercial entity of Classical Public Radio Network. KDFC would soon leave its commercial 102.1 FM home (much to the dismay of classical music fans throughout the San Francisco Bay Area) and shift its broadcast to the less powerful 90.3 FM out of San Francisco. Classical Public Radio Network is renting airspace from University of San Francisco and still hopes to purchase the 90.3 FM frequency. Currently the FCC is still investigating the proposed license transfer.

In a nod to Entercom’s role in this deal, Save KUSF will be hosting a protest tomorrow at Entercom headquarters in San Francisco (201 Third Street at Howard) from 10am to 11am to mark the one year anniversary of the shutdown. An after-party, which will include guest speakers and KUSF in Exile DJs, will take place from 7 to 10pm at WIX Lounge (3169 22nd Street, between Capp and Mission in San Francisco).

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