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We’re continuing work on raising money to bring a Low Power-FM (LPFM) community radio station to San Francisco. That means buying equipment and saving up money for three years worth of operating costs. It’s a tall order, but with your help, we can get there.
The Federal Communications Commission issued us a “construction permit” for the station last year – we’ll be sharing the 102.5 FM frequency with the awesome folks at San Francisco Public Press. However, the permit runs out at the end of the year, so we have a time-limit to raise the money.
What can you do? You can support our various fund-raising events, big and small. We have monthly events at the 540 Club (540 Clement, San Francisco) – the second Sunday of every month is a Music Quiz with prizes including tickets to shows. The fourth Saturday of every month is SFCR DJ night with us spinning tunes all night. On April 1 we have a record fair at Light Rail Studios (672 Toland Place, San Francisco). Keep your eyes on this website for future events.
You can also donate money to us directly, either by mailing us a check or by sending us a donation through PayPal – you can use your credit card. Checks should be made out to “San Francisco Community Radio” and mailed to: San Francisco Community Radio, P.O. Box 170697, San Francisco, CA 94117-0697. Our PayPal address is sfcr.treasurer@gmail.com. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
We’re working hard to bring community radio back to San Francisco. We’re so close we can taste it! But we need your continued support to go the last mile!
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June 27, 2016

We did it! Thanks to you!

On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission made its decision on Low Power-FM (LPFM), choosing San Francisco Community Radio along with San Francisco Public Press from an original group of eight applicants. We’re gonna return to the airwaves, baby!

The FCC made the decision at its monthly meeting. This is one step in a years-long process to build a new community radio station in San Francisco. There are still legal processes to wrap up, including negotiating which group will operate a station for which hours. We still have to fund the construction of a transmitter and the rent to site it somewhere. We can’t tell you exactly when we’ll be on the air.

But thanks to the FCC’s decision, we will be back on the air. This has been the goal of SFCR ever since it was formed by former volunteers at KUSF 90.3 FM along with other members of the community outraged by the sudden decision to close our beloved community station in January, 2011.

When we started this journey, we didn’t know a lot about how to build a non-profit from scratch, nor how to navigate the FCC beurocracy. We have worked with our friends in the non-profit community to get up to speed as best we can. But we knew we had a world of support from you guys, who were just as hurt to lose a community resource like KUSF 90.3 FM as we were. You guys were the ones who kept us going and we can’t thank you enough for your support!

What can you do to help us out in the interim? You can donate, either by mailing us a check or by sending us a donation through PayPal – you can use your credit card. Checks should be made out to “San Francisco Community Radio” and mailed to: San Francisco Community Radio, P.O. Box 170697, San Francisco, CA 94117-0697. Our PayPal address is sfcr.treasurer@gmail.com. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

You can also support our fund-raisers. The next big fund-raiser is coming up on July 17 when we have our annual event at the Oakland A’s. We are selling tickets for $33 1/3 each and get more than half of the value of each ticket sold sent back to us, thanks to the A’s and their wonderful fund-raising program. The game is against the 1 p.m. against the Toronto Blue Jays. We need to finalize our order by the end of the week so get in contact with us now.

For tickets, you can contact your favorite SFCR volunteer. Or, you can call Treasurer Damin Esper at 415-563-7248 or email him at damnesp@aol.com. We have 50 seats reserved and can order more so there’s plenty of room for you and your family! This is always one of our favorite events of the year. Hang out with us at the ballgame!

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/876200502525476/

Other events incude our monthly Music Pub Quiz 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!

We also have a monthly DJ night at the 540 Club on the fourth Saturday of every month. Come out and listen to the punk rock provided by your favorite SFCR DJs!

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 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 (savekusf), 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!

As always, thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

San Francisco Community Radio

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 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/876200502525476/

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 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

Our monthly Music Pub Quiz is held the second Sunday of every month at the fabulous 540 Club (540 Clement Street).  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 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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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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