Sunday, September 18
SF Gate, online home of the San Francisco Chronicle, posted this article in its Sunday edition of “Radio waves.”
It gives a little more insight into what the FCC is thinking in regards to a possible decision, and sheds more light on where the University of San Francisco went wrong. We still have no idea what will come but positive steps have been made, and the fight continues!
Article by: Ben Fong-Torres
Any day now, listeners of KDFC, the classical music station that moved from an A-OK signal to an inferior one in January, may be able to hear the station more clearly. A transmitter upgrade is in the works, with a move to Marin County promising stronger reception in Marin, San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland.
Just one catch. Eight months after the deal that moved KDFC from 102.1 to 90.3 FM, which long had been home to iconic college station KUSF, the sale is still awaiting Federal Communications Commission approval.
The delay may be due, at least in part, to the protests that began soon after KUSF was unplugged. The University of San Francisco sold its license and frequency to the University of Southern California, whose Classical Public Radio Network operates KDFC as a nonprofit, listener-supported station. CPRN obtained KDFC’s call letters and intellectual property from owner Entercom, which then turned 102.1 over to KUFX (98.5), a San Jose rock station it had just purchased. KUFX now broadcasts on both signals, while some former KUSF DJs continue to do shows, as “KUSF in Exile,” online (KUSF-archives.com), with its live stream hosted by New York free-form station WFMU. (USF is also streaming what it continues to call “KUSF-FM” online, via KUSF.org and Live365.)