THE NEW IPHONE APP IS HERE ! THE NEW IPHONE APP IS HERE!
 
Hey everybody, we are pleased to announce that our new SFCR iPhone app (designed by Yummy Melon!) is now available on your Iphone’s App store. It is free – all you have to do is search for the SFCR app and download it! We thank you for your patience!
 
Android users – unfortunately, it’s going to take a little longer to get your app done. We haven’t forgotten about you!

 

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January 28, 2016

Hi everybody, it’s your friends at San Francisco Community Radio/Save KUSF. We hope you had a Happy NewYear! We’re looking forward to 2016. We’re hopeful that the Federal Communications Commission will rule on our Low Power-FM (LPFM) application. In the meantime, we are continuing to stream the same community programming you want to see returned to the broadcast airwaves.

However, there have been big changes in the Internet radio world. At the end of December, the way royalties are calculated and recorded was changed. The upshot is that our streaming and licensing provider, Live365, is going out of business at the end of January. Live365 was a local (Foster City) company that for 17 years has been on the cutting edge of Internet radio. We are disappointed that they won’t continue as our partner.

The good news is that we are working on alternative arrangements and don’t expect an interruption of the stream. The bad news is we have to pay all of our licensing up front now – a total of about $1,400. With Live 365, those payments were spread out over the course of a year.

Here’s our plea: Would you consider helping us out with a donation so we can pay our music licensing? San Francisco Community Radio is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) so your donations are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Any amount helps.

Licensing is a huge issue in the music business. It’s how our favorite bands and artists get paid. We need your help to make sure our stream can continue while we await the ruling of the FCC on our LPFM application.

We are optimistic that the work that you helped fund has put us in position to receive a construction permit for a LPFM station from the FCC. LPFM is a new kind of radio station created by the FCC to broadcast small signals. Seven other organizations applied for the same LPFM license we applied for and four of them remain in the running.

To those of you who have given money in the past, thank you. We appreciate it. We wouldn’t in the position we’re in without you. If you gave money before but it has been a while, might you consider donating again? Or maybe you have friends or family members who might consider donating? Please spread the word throughout your social circles.

We are an all-volunteer organization. None of us are getting paid – we are doing this for our love of community radio and to do exactly what you asked us to nearly five years ago when the University of San Francisco announced the proposed sale of the KUSF 90.3 FM broadcast license – Return community radio to the San Francisco airwaves! All donations go toward that fight.

You can donate through PayPal using your credit card or mail us a check. By PayPal, send the donation to sfcr.treasurer@gmail.com. Please include in the memo field that you are donating to the “SFCR Legal Fund.” To pay by check, make it out to “San Francisco Community Radio,” and write, “SFCR Legal Fund,” in the memo line. Mail it to:

San Francisco Community Radio

P.O. Box 170697

San Francisco, CA 94117-0697

 

 

September 17, 2015 – Press Release

FCC rules against Friends of KUSF on proposed 90.3FM sale

SAN FRANCISCO  — September 17, 2015 – The five-member Federal Communications Commission today denied two “applications for review” of the transfer of the broadcast license for KUSF 90.3 FM from the University of San Francisco to Classical Public Radio Network (CPRN), an out-of-town corporation 90 percent owned by the University of Southern California. The FCC acknowledged that USF and CPRN violated rules in the proposed sale. However, it used circular logic to dismiss questions whether CPRN was even qualified to hold the license.

The ruling is the latest step in the 4 ½-year saga since USF announced the proposed sale in January, 2011. Friends of KUSF is considering its option to pursue the case in Federal court.

“The FCC has shown that it’s ready to give up the non-commercial side of the dial to the highest bidder, without regard to its own rules and the public interest,” Friends of KUSF spokesman Irwin Swirnoff said. “While we’re not surprised at this ruling, it’s still very disappointing and disheartening. We will continue to explore other legal options and continue to fight for true community and independent media in San Francisco.”

Thursday’s decision was specifically regarding “Applications for Review” (AFR) filed by Friends of KUSF and local listener Ted Hudacko in response to a “Consent Decree” that FCC staff negotiated in secret with USF and CPRN and announced in June, 2012. The Consent Decree allowed the proposed sale to go forward in exchange for a “voluntary” payment to the United States Treasury of $50,000. Staff ruled USF and CPRN had violated rule 73.503c, which prevents non-commercial stations from accepting payments for programming – a major violation that USF and CPRN tried to deny.

Friends of KUSF had found multiple violations of FCC rules involved in the transfer of the license, including violations of the FCC’s “Main Studio Rule,” a premature transfer of control, the legality of fund-raising on the station prior to approval of the sale, as well as whether CPRN was providing “educational” programming, since all it did was transfer the commercial programming of the former KDFC 102.1 to the non-commercial position on the dial.

The FCC downplayed and ignored the rules violations. On the biggest question – whether CPRN was even qualified to have a broadcast license – the FCC ruled that because an unopposed transfer announced on the same day as the proposed sale of KUSF 90.3 FM went through, CPRN became qualified to hold a non-commercial license despite no precedent allowing Limited Liability Corporations such a right.

USF announced on January 18, 2011 that it was proposing to sell KUSF 90.3 FM to CPRN. Since the announcement of the proposed sale, 90.3 FM has been rebroadcasting the formerly commercial programming heard on KDFC 102.1 FM. This has led to the decimation of listenership for classical radio in the Bay Area, cutting it by 75 percent.

KUSF 90.3 FM is an award-winning non-commercial educational station, broadcasting for over 33 years. KUSF 90.3 FM is world renowned for broadcasting groundbreaking music as well as cultural programs aimed at the diverse San Francisco community. Since the shutdown, San Francisco has been without those programs.

The proposed sale furthers a national trend of treating non-commercial educational licenses as commodities, part of a systemic crisis endangering the left side of the dial, which has traditionally stood for localism and the representation of diverse viewpoints. Several colleges and universities have put their licenses up for sale over the past few years, including KTRU (Rice University, Houston), WRVU (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.) and WDUQ (Duquesne University, Pittsburgh).

Since being taken off the air, former KUSF DJs and volunteers as well as members of the community have worked to stop the sale of the license. Partnerships have been established, both locally and nationally. Former volunteers at KUSF 90.3 FM have created an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit called San Francisco Community Radio, which is dedicated to returning community radio to the San Francisco airwaves. That organization (separate from Friends of KUSF) operates the KUSF-in-Exile Internet stream and has applied for a Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcast license in San Francisco. For more information, go to www.savekusf.org.

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August 20, 2015

Hey you! Are you having fun this summer? Did you meet someone new and end up making out with them under the boardwalk? Yeah, us too! As the summer comes to an end (oh no!), we here at Save KUSF and San Francisco Community Radio want to invite you (and your crush!) to come out to a wonderful event we’re putting on with our partners at Light Rail Studios – The SFCR Yard Show! Come down to Light Rail, located at 672 Toland Place in San Francisco’s fabulous Produce District, for a Saturday full of live music, DJs, records for sale as well as the best flea market this side of your dog’s back!

It’s all going down on August 29, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Strange Hotel, Hungry Skinny and the Chantigs are scheduled to be part of a full lineup of bands. Live music will begin at 3 p.m. Before and between the sets, your favorite San Francisco Community Radio DJs will be spinning the tunes while broadcasting live on our Internet stream.

Meanwhile, record vendors will be setting up, selling their wares! Also, donated items will be sold with proceeds going to San Francisco Community Radio! That’s us! Admission is free, but if you’d like to be a vendor, contact us – tables are available for $20. You can email Brian J. Springer at brianjspringer[AT]yahoo.com or contact us through the Save KUSF or San Francisco Community Radio Facebook pages.

There will be a merch table set up so you can purchase SFCR gear and look extra-hip!

Light Rail is also setting up a beer garden, so you can imbibe a tasty beverage or three! Food trucks are scheduled to come as well! It’s going to be the blowout of the summer! You can’t miss it!

Oh, and join the event on Facebook and help us promote it! Invite all your social media friends!

https://www.facebook.com/events/514671375403145/

Working On Getting Back On the Airwaves

We’re also continuing to work to return community radio to the San Francisco airwaves. Our appeal of the original sale of the KUSF 90.3 FM broadcast license to a corporation 90 percent owned by the University of Southern California is still before the Federal Communications Commission. We also are patiently waiting for the FCC to decide which of the applications for a Low Power FM station in San Francisco will be granted – SFCR, our 501(c)(3) non-profit, was one of eight groups to apply for a signal. There are four groups still in the running.

We don’t know when the FCC will decide but there will be more legal work during the LPFM process. We know that most of you have been incredibly generous with your donations so far and that’s why we’re still going, four and a half years after the proposed sale of the 90.3 FM broadcast license was announced. Unfortunately, one of the reasons the big guys always seem to win is that they have access to unlimited legal resources. We need your help to fight them.

Please consider helping us. You can donate through PayPal using your credit card or mail us a check. By PayPal, send the donation to sfcr.treasurer@gmail.com. Please include in the memo field that you are donating to the “SFCR Legal Fund.” To pay by check, make it out to “San Francisco Community Radio,” and write, “SFCR Legal Fund,” in the memo line. Mail it to:

San Francisco Community Radio

P.O. Box 170697

San Francisco, CA 94117-0697

Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law and all donations will be used as part of the LPFM application process. Many people didn’t think we’d get this far. Thanks to you, we have. And with your continued support, we can win this!

Short on cash? That’s OK. Every little bit helps. And you can even bundle donations from your friends and family. If you get 10 friends to donate $10 each, that’s $100 for the cause! Just have them make out checks as detailed above, put them in one envelope and send them in! For more information on bundling, contact our treasurer, Damin Esper, at damnesp@aol.com. Thanks again for all of your help!

Events

We have events right and left, helping to raise money for the cause and spreading the word. We have two monthly Music Quizzes! Come out and win fabulous prizes including tickets to great shows! We hold one quiz at the 540 Club (540 Clement) on the second Sunday of each month (7-10 p.m.). The other is at the Rite Spot (2099 Folsom) on the third Thursday of every month (7-9 p.m.). Come out and test your music knowledge while also helping us get back on the air!

We also have a live DJ night at the 540 Club on the fourth Saturday of every month (10 p.m.-2 a.m.). Come out and hear your favorite SFCR DJs punking up the Inner Richmond!

You can keep up to date on all of our events at our Save KUSF and San Francisco Community Radio Facebook pages (like them now!) and at our www.savekusf.org page. All the latest news is there as well as information about all our great shows that you love so much!

Underwriting

We have continued to work to beef up our underwriting program, soliciting local businesses to present the wonderful programming you’ve come to expect from us over our KUSF-in-Exile Internet stream. Underwriters are thanked during the program they underwrite as well as during other programs. They are also thanked on our website (www.savekusf.org), Facebook page and in this newsletter.

If you are interested in underwriting a program, or know somebody who would, please contact us. Treasurer Damin Esper can be reached at damnesp@aol.com.

That’s all for now. Don’t forget, we’re working hard to bring your favorite community radio station back to the San Francisco airwaves!

July 14, 2015

Hey everybody! Summer is here and we here at Save KUSF and San Francisco Community Radio are ready to party! We’ve fired up the convertible, heading to a bonfire on the beach with the top down and the tunes playing loud! In a couple of weeks, we’ll be ready to sing the “Summer Loving” song from “Grease” about our new crush! Tell me more, tell me more, tell me more!

But before that, here’s what we’re up to at San Francisco Community Radio. Our annual fund-raiser at the Oakland A’s game is coming up. This will be the fourth SFCR Day at the A’s and it’s one of our most popular events. We have 50 tickets reserved for the Saturday, August 1 game against the Cleveland Indians. Tickets are going fast so get your orders in! Pack a picnic, bring the kids and join us for twilight baseball. Gametime is 6 p.m. We’ll try to set up a tailgate party as well.

Tickets are $33 1/3 each (get it?) and the A’s are giving us almost half of each ticket back. It’s a great way to raise money for the cause as well as hang out and enjoy the best team in their price range, a team that has made the playoffs each of the past three years – the Oakland Athletics.

There are several ways you can reserve your tickets. You can contact us through our Save KUSF or San Francisco Community Radio Facebook pages or through our savekusf.org page. Include in your message how many tickets you want and your phone number – this is very important. We need to be able to contact you to arrange for payment and to get you your tickets.

You can also contact our treasurer, Damin Esper, by phone at 415-563-7248. You can also mail him a check with your order. Make the check out to, “San Francisco Community Radio,” and write, “A’s tickets,” in the memo line. Mail it to:

San Francisco Community Radio c/o Damin Esper 1247 Fulton #4 San Francisco, CA 94117

Please tell all of your baseball-loving friends about it. We’re gonna have a blast! Nothing says summer like a day at the ballpark!

Oh, and join the event on Facebook and help us promote it! Invite all your social media friends!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1004416369582344/

Fighting the Good Fight!

We’re also continuing to work to return community radio to the San Francisco airwaves. Our appeal of the original sale of the KUSF 90.3 FM broadcast license to a corporation 90 percent owned by the University of Southern California is still before the Federal Communications Commission. We also are patiently waiting for the FCC to decide which of the applications for a Low Power FM station in San Francisco will be granted – SFCR, our 501(c)(3) non-profit, was one of eight groups to apply for a signal. There are four groups still in the running.

We don’t know when the FCC will decide but there will be more legal work during the LPFM process. We know that most of you have been incredibly generous with your donations so far and that’s why we’re still going, four and a half years after the proposed sale of the 90.3 FM broadcast license was announced. Unfortunately, one of the reasons the big guys always seem to win is that they have access to unlimited legal resources. We need your help to fight them.

Please consider helping us. You can donate through PayPal using your credit card or mail us a check. By PayPal, send the donation to sfcr.treasurer@gmail.com. Please include in the memo field that you are donating to the “SFCR Legal Fund.” To pay by check, make it out to “San Francisco Community Radio,” and write, “SFCR Legal Fund,” in the memo line. Mail it to:

San Francisco Community Radio P.O. Box 170697 San Francisco, CA 94117-0697

Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law and all donations will be used as part of the LPFM application process. Many people didn’t think we’d get this far. Thanks to you, we have. And with your continued support, we can win this!

Short on cash? That’s OK. Every little bit helps. And you can even bundle donations from your friends and family. If you get 10 friends to donate $10 each, that’s $100 for the cause! Just have them make out checks as detailed above, put them in one envelope and send them in! For more information on bundling, contact our treasurer, Damin Esper, at damnesp@aol.com. Thanks again for all of your help!

Events

We have events right and left, helping to raise money for the cause and spreading the word. Come to Slim’s on Saturday, July 18 to see Chrome and Galaxy Chamber! We’ll have a merch table there, so stop by and say hi! We also have two monthly Music Quizzes! Come out and win fabulous prizes including tickets to great shows! We hold one quiz at the 540 Club (540 Clement) on the second Sunday of each month (7-10 p.m.). The other is at the Rite Spot (2099 Folsom) on the third Thursday of every month (7-9 p.m.). Come out and test your music knowledge while also helping us get back on the air!

You can keep up to date on all of our events at our Save KUSF Facebook page (like it now!) and at our www.savekusf.org page. All the latest news is there as well as information about all our great shows that you love so much!

Underwriting

We have continued to work to beef up our underwriting program, soliciting local businesses to present the wonderful programming you’ve come to expect from us over our KUSF-in-Exile Internet stream. Underwriters are thanked during the program they underwrite as well as during other programs. They are also thanked on our website (www.savekusf.org), Facebook page and in this newsletter.

If you are interested in underwriting a program, or know somebody who would, please contact us. Treasurer Damin Esper can be reached at damnesp@aol.com.

That’s all for now. Don’t forget, we’re working hard to bring your favorite community radio station back to the San Francisco airwaves!

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February 17, 2015

The San Francisco Nightlife Awards have awarded us their Marquee Award! The Marquee award goes to an iconic person, venue, event or entertainment industry service. We are super excited to go pick up our award along with all of the other winners who will be announced that night. All the nominees are at www.niteyawards.com.

The ceremony is a glitzy event on Monday, March 2 at the Regency Ballroom. There will be pre- and post-parties! Who are you going to wear? Tickets are $40 and are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2015-nitey-awards-ticketsCome out  and cheer us on as we accept this prestigious honor!

Dead Presidents

We are still working towards our goal of returning to the terrestrial airwaves and we still need your help to get there. Please consider donating to our cause. You can donate by clicking savekusf.org/donateIn the four years since the proposed sale of the KUSF 90.3 FM broadcast license was announced, we have accomplished many things – we’ve been broadcasting at KUSF-in-Exile 24/7 http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile, we created an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit (San Francisco Community Radio), we have applied for a Low Power FM license and we’ve continued to reach out to the community so we can bring back community radio to the San Francisco airwaves. We have held fund-raisers all over town to raise money and awareness for our cause.

We are optimistic that the work that you helped fund has put us in position to receive a construction permit for a Low Power FM station from the Federal Communications Commission. LPFM is a new kind of radio station created by the FCC to broadcast small signals. Seven other organizations applied for the same LPFM license we applied for and four of them remain in the running.

Our fantastic lawyer Peter Franck has been there throughout to help us through the process. His work has (in our opinion) put us in position to earn a license. Nothing is certain in this process but we’re getting more and more optimistic.

To those of you who have given money in the past, thank you. We appreciate it. We wouldn’t in the position we’re in without you. If you gave money before but it has been a while, might you consider donating again? Or maybe you have friends or family members who might consider donating? Please spread the word throughout your social circles.

We don’t know when the FCC will make its decision. We want to be ready when they do. You can donate through PayPal using your credit card or mail us a check. By PayPal, send the donation to sfcr.treasurer@gmail.com. Please include in the memo field that you are donating to the “SFCR Legal Fund.” To pay by check, make it out to “San Francisco Community Radio,” and write, “SFCR Legal Fund,” in the memo line. Mail it to:

San Francisco Community Radio

P.O. Box 170697

San Francisco, CA 94117-0697

All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Short on cash? That’s OK. Every little bit helps. And you can even bundle donations from your friends and family. If you get 10 friends to donate $10 each, that’s $100 for the cause! Just have them make out checks as detailed above, put them in one envelope and send them in! For more information on bundling, contact our treasurer, Damin Esper, at damnesp@aol.com. Thanks again for all of your help!

Underwriting

We have continued to work to beef up our underwriting program, soliciting local businesses to present the wonderful programming you’ve come to expect from us over our KUSF-in-Exile Internet stream. Underwriters are thanked during the program they underwrite as well as during other programs. They are also thanked on our website (savekusf.org/), Facebook page and in this newsletter.

If you are interested in underwriting a program, or know somebody who would, please contact us. Treasurer Damin Esper can be reached at damnesp@aol.com.

That’s all for now. Don’t forget, we’re working hard to bring your favorite community radio station back to the San Francisco airwaves!

Feeling social?

Like our Facebook pages – Save KUSF and San Francisco Community Radio. Information about all of our upcoming events are there. We’re also on Twitter. Follow us! And don’t forget to tune in online at KUSF in Exile. Download our apps for iPhones and Androids! They’re free!

September 28th, 2014

We here at San Francisco Community Radio/Save KUSF have spent the summer fighting to return community radio to the San Francisco airwaves. We’re in the middle of a fund-raising campaign to raise money to do just that. We set a goal of raising $5,000 this summer. Unfortunately, we’re still a little short of that goal, having raised about $1,500. We need your help now!

Returning to the airwaves is an expensive proposition. We have to navigate the Federal Communication Commission’s Low Power FM application process. Seven other organizations applied for the same LPFM license we applied for. Unfortunately, that means paying lawyers. Fortunately, we have a great one in Peter Franck.

We know many of you have given money in the past and we appreciate it. We wouldn’t have made it this far without you. However, we won’t be able to get back on the air unless we meet our goals. Won’t you please consider donating to us? Won’t you please consider asking your friends and family to donate to us?

San Francisco Community Radio is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit. Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. We are an all-volunteer organization. None of us are getting paid – we are doing this for our love of community radio and to do exactly what you asked us to 3 ½ years ago when the University of San Francisco announced the proposed sale of the KUSF 90.3 FM broadcast license – Return community radio to the San Francisco airwaves! All donations go toward that fight.

We don’t know when the FCC will decide. But please consider helping us meet our goal of $5,000. You can donate through PayPal using your credit card or mail us a check. By PayPal, send the donation to sfcr.treasurer [AT] gmail.com. Please include in the memo field that you are donating to the “SFCR Legal Fund.” To pay by check, make it out to “San Francisco Community Radio,” and write, “SFCR Legal Fund,” in the memo line. Mail it to:

San Francisco Community Radio

P.O. Box 170697

San Francisco, CA 94117-0697

Short on cash? That’s OK. Every little bit helps. And you can even bundle donations from your friends and family. If you get 10 friends to donate $10 each, that’s $100 for the cause! Just have them make out checks as detailed above, put them in one envelope and send them in! For more information on bundling, contact our treasurer, Damin Esper, at damnesp [AT] aol.com. Thanks again for all of your help!

 

 

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WHAT HAPPENED? In a secret three-way deal with media conglomerate Entercom and the University of Southern California (USC), the University of San Francisco (USF) entered into a contract to sell the KUSF 90.3 FM license to the detriment of our local community. The sale was announced on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, when the station was abruptly shut down.

This action does not serve the public interest, and does not contribute to diversity and localism on the airwaves. We are fighting to stop the sale of KUSF 90.3 FM to USC.

For 34 years, KUSF San Francisco defined free-form local radio that reflected the city’s unique heart and soul. Famous for featuring diverse cultural programs as well as new underground music, KUSF was one of the first radio stations in the U.S. to play punk rock, and also served a dozen different language groups. An irreplaceable source for community news, information, music and culture, KUSF reflected San Francisco’s diversity, earning the moniker “Your Cultural Oasis.” You can help us fight this travesty by generously donating to Friends of KUSF, while our lawyers petition the FCC to block the sale. Help restore an essential voice of the San Francisco Bay Area to the air. Any amount will benefit. Please donate now. Thank you for your support!

KUSF Studio KUSF DJ Irwin KUSF DJ Cathy Cohn

Help us save KUSF 90.3 FM – San Francisco’s Cultural Oasis

KUSF has been a learning laboratory for USF students and a thriving communications hub for San Francisco’s diverse cultural and ethnic communities for 34 years.
The station served as a free communications nexus for a wide variety of small businesses, civic groups, and arts organizations, and regularly featured independent film, authors, educators and musicians from the Bay Area and beyond.
Broadcasting programs in 13 languages, KUSF served local ethnic communities that had no other voice on the broadcast spectrum, including 90 minutes of Cantonese news programming every weeknight.

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