SF Residents! Please Contact Your Supervisor!

Hello SF friends,
Many of you know by now that KUSF was unjustly taken off the air in a complex deal in which America's fifth largest corporate radio conglomerate, Entercom, had part in some dealings along with the University of Southern California that has seen the purchase and takeover of low-dial airwaves and the contribution to the unfortunate trend of silencing independent voices and the mainstreaming/ homogenization of media.
As it stands now, the organization 'Save KUSF' plans to stop the sale of its broadcasting license before the FCC and intends to get back on the air.  Our movement got off to a roaring start and now we must continue the momentum.  The SF Board of Supervisors is now involved and has introduced a resolution co-sponsored by Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi, Eric Mar, and John Avalos. What can the board do you ask? It gives us political leverage in our fight so that once the resolution passes we can move on to bigger names (Pelosi, Boxer, etc.) and can be granted a meeting with USF in order to stop the deal.
This is where you come in. It is integral to our cause that the resolution pass this Tuesday, February 1st. Once again we rally at City Hall at 1 p.m., before the Supervisors meet AND VOTE on this resolution.  They need to hear from constituents like you that it's unacceptable for a community/college-run station of 33 years with cultural programming in nine languages and ties to the vibrant underground and local music scene that will otherwise go unheard in a free broadcast format, to simply disappear. 
Find the email for your home district supervisor here (just click on their face and look at the map):
Write them now and come to the City Hall rally Tuesday 2/1 at 1 p.m. *There'll be bands!*
Also find out who else you can write and for more info on the fight to Save KUSF go here:
Please forward this message to friends, family, co-workers and any concerned SF resident.
Thank you,
Andre Torrez

Podcast 01.29.11 The Orgasmatrain Extra Special Limited DJ Shekky

1st Hour

2nd Hour

3rd Hour

the monks--he went down to the sea
the truth--hey gyp/dig the slowness
may blitz--for mad men only
birth control--gamma ray

rotary connection--i am the black gold of the sun
tabukah x--finger toe (nigeria rock special)
theron and darrell--i was made to love her (smart's palace eccentric soul)

dave kubinec's mainhorse airlines--directions for use
shogun kunitoki--montezuema
ozric tentacles--neurochasm

friend sound--lost angel proper street
patty zeitlin and marsha berman--the angry song
the firebird band--kiss yourself

herbie hancock--maiden voyage
lee morgan--raggedy ann
stanley clark--life suite


Parenthesis = compilation title

FCC paperwork has been filed. Send us all your response letters NOW!

Circulate far and wide! Please send all complaints and letters about the sale of KUSF’s frequency to USF Assistant Dean of Social Sciences Michael Bloch, , who is the current administrator holding on to the FCC’s Public File for KUSF. According to FCC rules, all complaints and letters regarding the station are supposed to be included in that Public File.

* To ensure that your comment is filed, please include in the header, or in the body of your message:


* Please send ALL letters you’ve written about KUSF to Michael Bloch ASAP, including ANY emails you’ve already sent to Father Privett or the USF Trustees, or the SF Board of Supervisors.

* Please note that Michael Bloch is a good guy; he’s on our side so please be nice!


University of San Francisco
College of Arts and Sciences
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Let’s get our call letters back!

The FCC has a specific department to send comments. Please comment on the transfer of KUSF's broadcast license. It is our only hope to stop the sale.

By mail: Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, D.C., 20554.

By phone: 866-267-7202. That’s the radio broadcast specialist office. The email is radioinfo@fcc.gov. The job of this office is to help the public with radio inquiries, including regarding the transfer of licenses.

You can also email the individual commissioners:

Chairman Julius Genachowski: Julius.Genachowski@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael J. Copps: Michael.Copps@fcc.gov
Commissioner Robert McDowell: Robert.McDowell@fcc.gov
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker: Meredith.Baker@fcc.gov

Questions Raised About Future of KUSF Archives

By JEANNE CARSTENSEN| January 28, 2011 5:33 p.m. In MUSIC


Supporters of KUSF, the community radio station owned by the University of San Francisco that ceased broadcasting recently when it was abruptly sold, want to make sure the station’s extensive archives will be preserved.

Founded in 1963, the station’s archives contain a “massive number of CDs and vinyl,” according to Irwin Swirnoff, the former music director. “It has cultural value that is priceless in terms of diversity and obscurity,” he said, with deep collections in jazz, rock, punk, electronic music and other genres.

Archivists Meagan and Rick Prelinger of the Prelinger Library in San Francisco are advising Swirnoff and other KUSF supporters on preserving the collection. “The music library has to be kept intact as a physical memory of everything that KUSF has been, and as a starting point for future,” said Meagan Prelinger, who is a longtime fan of the station. “It’s like the sound track of my life has been turned off.”

The dimensions of the vast archive containing 34 years of Bay Area broadcasting history are difficult to determine precisely. Much of it sits in Phelan Hall on the University of San Francisco campus and will be moved to a yet-undetermined location in coming months.

Reached on Friday afternoon, university spokesman Gary McDonald said he didn’t know immediately how many items it contained. “We talk about it in terms of space,” he said. “It’s large.”

Swirnoff said the collection consists of an active CD library and vinyl library. Items like 78 rpm records are packed away in storage areas.

In the long term, the university plans to digitize the archive, according to McDonald, “so that it will be available to anyone working in KUSF.org,” the online-only version of the station that will replace KUSF.

McDonald said he didn’t know how much it would cost to convert the collection to digital or what would become of the original materials afterwards.