The Love Me Nots
In Black and White
Great debut album from what has to be the most under-appreciated band in the US. Honestly, all those new-wavvy bands c.1978-1980 would have cut off a pinkie for the chance to put songs like these on their albums.
Just rummaging through some CDs to prep for a possible return to DJing, maybe in the next 24 hours? No matter what, long live KUSF:
The Bay Citizen
Battle Rages Over a College Radio Stationâ€™s Sale By REYHAN HARMANCI
Published: March 19, 2011
In mid-January, the University of San Francisco abruptly took KUSF off the air.
Daniel Everett, a lawyer and the former host of KUSF's "Folk Law," with demonstrators outside City Hall in January.
In announcing the sale of the station â€” which for 34 years beamed cutting-edge rock, public affairs and other programming to a diverse audience â€” the university said KUSF would not be ending, but merely changing to an online-only format with an enhanced student presence.
Since then, the stationâ€™s community volunteers, a group called Save KUSF, have been furiously working to halt the sale, with the hope of eventually buying the signal.
In the meantime, the universityâ€™s online radio efforts have stalled.
Miranda Morris, fund-raising and marketing coordinator of KUSF, estimated that the station used to reach around 30,000 weekly listeners at 90.3 FM, while around 20 people at a time currently listen online.
It seems that even in the digital age, a radio signal still matters.
Ken Freedman, station manager at the free-form radio station WFMU in New Jersey, said, â€œItâ€™s not realistic for a terrestrial station to move online and maintain the same audience.â€
Mr. Freedman, whose station has been helping Save KUSFâ€™s efforts, said a radio station needed both online and traditional broadcast components. Thanks to WFMUâ€™s donated broadband, Save KUSF will begin streaming live online as KUSF-in-Exile this weekend from a studio in the Bayview district.
Irwin Swirnoff, a former KUSF music director and a leader of Save KUSF, said, â€œItâ€™s a temporary situation that will hopefully lead to us regaining a spot on the terrestrial dial.â€
With a dedicated core group of around 30 volunteers, Save KUSF has mounted a spirited campaign against the stationâ€™s $3.75 million sale to the Classical Public Radio Network, a nonprofit largely owned by the University of Southern California.
In addition to raising about $25,000 for legal fees to petition the Federal Communications Commission block the transaction, Save KUSF pushed the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Democratic Party, State Senator Leland Yee and other political leaders to condemn the universityâ€™s divestment publicly.
Local venues and musicians have been staging benefit shows, and music groups like Yo La Tengo have written statements in support.
In early March, Save KUSFâ€™s lawyers petitioned the F.C.C. to block the sale. The university said the largely volunteer-run station was losing money and not serving students.
â€œNot a single critic has explained why it is fair that our students foot the bill for a radio station run primarily by outsiders for the benefit of others,â€ said Gary McDonald, a university spokesman.
Mr. Freedman said that moving online â€œmakes no senseâ€ economically. Steve Runyon, KUSF founder and current general manager, agreed, calling the sale â€œa loss to the university.â€
But Save KUSF hopes that the collegeâ€™s loss can be its gain.
â€œNo one is questioning U.S.F.â€™s right to liquidate an asset,â€ Mr. Swirnoff said. â€œAll we want is to have the opportunity to buy that transmitter.â€
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