Latest updates – October 17, 2017

It has been a long, long seven years. In January, 2011, the University of San Francisco pulled the plug on KUSF 90.3 FM and nobody knew what to do other than cry, rage, yell and ask why. Since that dark day, a group of volunteers at the station as well as members of the community got together and created San Francisco Community Radio, an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit, and began the work of learning how to build a non-profit, learning how to navigate the Federal Communications Commission and learning how to raise money, all while trying to program an online radio station.

Now, San Francisco Community Radio is at the dawn of a new era. In January, 2018, SFCR will launch a new Low Power-FM radio station at 102.5 FM. Today, October 17, 2017, we are launching our “Drive to 102.5” campaign to raise the final bit of money to get on the air. We will be sending out weekly updates to show our progress. Every day, we will be highlighting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram an item we are raising money to pay for, whether it’s the transmitter itself, an antenna, the Digital Alert System, an Intermodulation Panel, Audio Codec or any of the other pieces of equipment we need to purchase to broadcast at 102.5 FM.

We have been very fortunate so far, and your support has been a huge part of that. However, we are now into the homestretch. And we need your help. If you have never donated before, now is the time. If you have, thank you so much and would you consider donating again? If you know somebody who might be interested in donating, would you please ask them for us? Every donation helps us towards our goal of going on the air in 2018.

San Francisco Community Radio will be an important resource for San Francisco, one that the city has been without since the shutdown of KUSF. Promoting the local music scene, providing an outlet for students, airing programming from communities who otherwise have no access to the broadcast airwaves. We hear from people all over town that the city is changing. Here’s a chance to bring back your cultural oasis.

If you could write us a check, we would truly appreciate it. You donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Any amount helps – $10, $25, $50, $100. If you can spare the money to write a bigger check, we can tell you that this is a great cause and you will be making a difference to countless high school and college students here in the Bay Area who are interested in radio.

Checks can be made out to “San Francisco Community Radio” and mailed to us at:

San Francisco Community Radio
P.O. Box 170697
San Francisco, CA 94117
If you would like a donation acknowledgment letter, please ask us and we will send you one.

You can also use a credit card through PayPal. Our account is sfcr.treasurer@gmail.com. If you have never used PayPal, contact us and we will talk you through it. Signing up for an account is free and you use your email address as your account. There is a memo field for making a payment – put the word “donation” there and it will be easier for us to find it to send you an acknowledgement letter.

Know somebody who might be interested in donating to us? Please pass this letter along!

Educational programs

SFCR continues to build up its educational programming. The German International School of Silicon Valley recently did a special program during “Kraut Out Loud.” Fifth and sixth graders from the school produced a German cultural program which SFCR was proud to broadcast. This month, we also began broadcasting “Rock Band Land Radio,” which features youthful musicians playing the music they wrote and recorded. Check it out, every Sunday at 4 p.m.

You also need to tune in to listen to our student DJs. DJ Sutro (3 p.m. Sundays), DJ Flying Japan with “Oh Grow Up” (10:30 a.m. Saturdays) and DJ Panda with “Chop Chop Lolipop” (10 a.m. Saturdays)

Benefit time

On November 11, Thee Parkside is presenting a ripping benefit show for San Francisco Community Radio (SFCR) with Acid King, Noothgrush, Cardinal Wyrm and Hazzard’s Cure. Proceeds go towards SFCR’s new broadcast radio station at 102.5 FM. This show promises to make your knees buckle in pure delight! The line-up reads like a best of Bay Area metal/stoner rock: San Francisco’s Acid King has been around since 1993. Fronted by Lori S., Acid King is ready to turn Thee Parkside inside-out for one night of sonic bliss. Oakland’s influential sludge/doom metal band Noothgrush was formed in 1994. Fresh off a European tour, they are ready to crush. Local faves Cardinal Wyrm and Hazzard’s Cure will heat you up for the night’s festivities. DJ Creep and DJ Carolyn of SFCR will provide the tunes before, between, and after the sets. Be part of history by supporting SFCR rising like a phoenix onto 102.5 FM while seeing some of the Bay Area’s heaviest bands. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Get your tickets now!

More benefits

We also have monthly events at the 540 Club (540 Clement Street, SF). Every second Sunday we have the Music Pub Quiz at the 540 Club – the next one will be November 12. 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. The next one is October 28. 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 www.sfcommunityradio.org and 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 San Francisco Community Radio Internet stream. Underwriters are thanked during the program they underwrite as well as during other programs. They are also thanked on our websites (www.sfcommunityradio.org and www.savekusf.org), Facebook pages 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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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.sfcommunityradio.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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