March 30, 2011 | by Kathleen De Lara
After a two-month struggle with the recent sale of their station, KUSF members have managed to acquire a little more time to hopefully regain control over their cultural, musical and social outlet to the San Francisco Bay area.
On Feb. 11, classical music station KDFC issued a request on the University’s behalf to move the radio transmitter to the city of Sausalito. Until the FCC approves the KUSF’s license transferal to KDFC, university affiliates continue to have control over the transmitter that broadcasts the 90.3 airwaves throughout the Bay area. The transmitter is currently located in the KUSF offices on the USF campus. Miranda Morris said that one of the “concrete reasons” for the request is KDFC’s desire to be in complete control of the function and access to the transmitter.
According to Jennifer Waits of radiosurvivor.com, a news site that “attempts to shed light on the ongoing importance of radio”, the transmitter move was requested on the grounds that “upon approval of the FCC, the [station] license will be transferred to an entity not controlled by the university…it is necessary to relocate the station’s transmitter site”, as stated in the request filing. The move would also allow much easier access to the transmitter and antenna, both which are currently monitored by USF security staff.