San Francisco, CA (February 22, 2011) – In a letter to University of San Francisco (USF)
President Father Stephen Privett, state Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) urged Privett “to proceed in a manner that allows for reasonable public notice and gives the community of San Francisco the opportunity to keep KUSF 90.3 FM on the air.” Senator Yee’s action came a week after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to strongly oppose the proposed sale of KUSF’s broadcast license.
Lee raised serious concerns about the handling of the proposed sale of KUSF 90.3 FM and
further asked Privett to give the San Francisco community the opportunity to keep KUSF 90.3 FM on the air. “For more than 30 years, KUSF 90.3 FM has provided non-commercial, educational and music programming over the public airwaves to millions of people in San Francisco and around the world,” stated the San Francisco Mayoral Candidate. “At this critical time for our city and our state, we simply cannot afford to lose this irreplaceable source of public access to information, cultural and educational programs, and new music.”
On January 18 at 10 a.m., without warning or notice, the University of San Francisco shut down KUSF and announced the secret sale of the 90.3 FM license to the University of Southern California’s Classical Public Radio Network. The radio signal was cut, the broadcast went static, and DJs were escorted out of station headquarters. A wide array of voices has spoken out against the proposed sale including the S.F. Democratic Party, USF Faculty Association, Yo La Tengo, and The Kronos Quartet.
In the weeks since, there has been a growing outcry of opposition to the sale of KUSF and the proposed transfer of the 90.3 FM license to become the sixth terrestrial radio station acquired by non-local entity, the University of Southern California.
The growing coalition of volunteers working to save KUSF now has more than 7,300 members. The group’s Facebook page has already received over 1.3 million post views, which has helped fund the legal costs to file a Petition to Deny the pending license transfer with the FCC.
Save KUSF spokesperson, Irwin Swirnoff applauded Senator Yee for his clear insight and
commitment to finding a ‘win-win solution’ for USF and the local community. “We will continue to work within the FCC process, while respectfully requesting USF join us in discussing a mutually beneficial solution – for the City of San Francisco — including USF, its students, and faculty. KUSF 90.3 FM has offered a steadfast and irreplaceable public service and most importantly, San Francisco should sound like San Francisco.”
To Get Involved Contact:
Irwin Swirnoff 415.424.5904