Teach Your Children Well

More support for the 7,200 Facebook fans of KUSF in San Francisco: The faculty of the University of San Francisco passed a resolution opposing the sale involving USC and Entercom. Shown in its entirety here, the message includes the following resolution wording:

WHEREAS, Radio station KUSF 90.3 FM is a non-commercial community broadcaster located on the University of San Francisco (USF) campus that, since April 25, 1977, broadcast around the clock on the 90.3 frequency, until 10 a.m. on January 18, 2011 when USF staff, without notice, terminated the broadcast and ejected KUSF staff and volunteers from the station and then revealed plans to sell KUSF’s license to broadcast on 90.3 FM to a Los Angeles classical music station; and, Whereas KUSF has served as a location for teaching, mentoring, internships, and workshop experiences for thousands of USF students and alumnae over the years, as well as a resource for faculty seeking a wider audience, and . . .

WHEREAS, KUSF 90.3 FM is a public trust and community asset that serves as an extraordinary educational tool, provides access to vital information to those who otherwise won’t have it, promotes local and independent music, and is immensely valuable to the people of San Francisco and integral to the fabric of our city, and the loss of KUSF would have a very negative impact on San Francisco’s eclectic and prolific local music, arts, and social justice communities; andNOW THEREFORE, be it resolved that the University of San Francisco Faculty Association requests USF to cancel the sale of KUSF 90.3 FM and offer members of the San Francisco community the opportunity to obtain the 90.3 FM license and KUSF name to keep it a San Francisco run non-commercial educational and community station; and

WHEREAS, the sudden closing of KUSF fits into a historical pattern of the administration failing to consult with the USFFA and broader community prior to taking significant action that affects the entire University; and . . .

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the USFFA urges the Federal Communications Commission to reject the transfer of the broadcast license of KUSF 90.3 FM to a Los Angeles company until the community is first given a chance to keep KUSF on the air in San Francisco.

This is in addition to a similar pronouncement by the SF democratic party and a resolution voted on yesterday by the city board of directors.

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