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San Francisco community radio station KUSF in Exile

A Glimpse at Community Radio in San Francisco

The Exploratorium, the long-time hands-on science museum in San Francisco,  just put together a short documentary about the plethora of community radio stations in the city of San Francisco. It’s a fun look at four different stations and it made me anxious to plot out more radio station field trips.

The community radio stations profiled in the piece include San Francisco Community Radio (also known as KUSF in Exile), Radio Valencia (which I visited in its very early days in 2010), Mutiny Radio (which I toured back when it was Pirate Cat Radio), and KPOO-FM. Although I’ve visited a few of these stations, I’ve yet to see KPOO-FM, so I was excited to catch a glimpse of its studio.

In the story, there’s also some discussion about the recent LPFM licensing window, as at least one of the stations submitted an application for a new LPFM license. Overall, the documentary is a great testament to the joys of community radio, as it features first-hand accounts from participants from each of the stations profiled.


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