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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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!