KUSF fans praise FCC’s decision to block transmitter move

Die-hard KUSF listeners praised a development in their fight to keep the station on the radio.

The fans are hell-bent on fighting the University of San Francisco’s decision in January to sell its license for radio frequency 90.3 FM. USF wants an online-only format for KUSF.

On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission denied USF’s application to move the 90.3 FM radio transmitter from the USF campus to Mount Beacon in Marin County. The FCC said the move could interfere with the signal of KALX FM 90.7, the station operated by the University of California, Berkeley.

The decision does not keep KUSF on the radio.

“The decision about the transmitter has no impact whatsoever on the pending sale,” USF spokesman Gary McDonald said in a statement. “These are separate applications to the FCC. And one does not affect the other in any way.”

Ted Hudacko, a KUSF listener who filed a petition to deny the license transfer, called the FCC's decision this week “a step in the right direction to undo the actions … that silenced the voice of San Francisco.”

KUSF listeners and DJs were shocked when the station went off the air Jan. 18. The 34-year-old music station is known to introduce local underground music to a small but devout Bay Area audience.

USF sold its license for 90.3 FM to the University of Southern California and Classical Public Radio Network for $3.75 million. Classical music now plays on the dial.

Friends of KUSF has filed a separate petition to block the license transfer, “based in part on the station’s irreplaceable local public value.”

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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