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June 24, 2016

Hello, friends! It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy here at Save KUSF/San Francisco Community Radio headquarters! Your daddy’s rich and your mama’s good lookin’! Know what we’re saying?

We’re getting ready for our annual fund-raiser at the Oakland A’s on Sunday, July 17. The A’s are not just your green colar baseball team. They also have a terrific fund-raising plan for non-profits – like us! We have 50 tickets reserved for the 1 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays at $33 1/3 each (get it?). The A’s will then kick back more than half of each ticket to us. This is the fifth year we’ve done this and it has been our biggest fund-raiser of the summer most years. The Blue Jays made the playoffs last year and are led by Jose “Bat Flip” Bautista (YouTube it – it’s pretty awesome; also YouTube his fight with Rougned Odor. You’re welcome!).

Tickets are going fast so get your orders in! Pack a picnic, bring the kids and join us for an afternoon of baseball. We’ll try to set up a tailgate party as well. 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 – 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 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!

Fighting the Good Fight!

We’re also continuing to work to return community radio to the San Francisco airwaves. We 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. If we are fortunate enough to get approval, we’ll have to build a station transmitter and have other expenses. We know that most of you have been incredibly generous with your donations so far and that’s why we’re still going, five and a half years after the sale of the 90.3 FM broadcast license was announced.

Please consider helping us. You can donate through PayPal using your credit card or mail us a check. By PayPal, send the donation to 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 Thanks again for all of your help!


Our monthly Music Pub Quiz is held the second Sunday of every month at the fabulous 540 Club (540 Clement Street). The next one will be July 10. The quiz usually starts around 8 p.m. and is free to play. We ask for donations and anybody who donates $10 to us gets Happy Hour prices 7-10 p.m. Prizes included tickets to the best shows and a grab bag of records. Think you know your music trivia? Come out and prove it!

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 page. All the latest news is there as well as information about all our great shows that you love so much!



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 (, 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

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!

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 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!

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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