Radio Survivor reported on the continuing battle in San Francisco over the station formerly known as KUSF, where lawyers have taken the stage. Cloaked in legalese, the discussion has taken a decidedly nasty turn. The petition to deny the sale to CPRN included the following:
1. It’s unclear if CPRN is actually a qualified educational entity
2. Proposed program service of CPRN does not serve an educational purpose
3. University of San Francisco prematurely relinquished control of its station
4. When inspected by the public, KUSF Public File did not include required documents
5. Station Identification was not properly announced following the KUSF takeover
In addition to the petition filed by the Friends of KUSF, Ted Hudacko also joined the fray:
Attorney Peter Franck, who is representing Friends of KUSF, stated that, “the documents filed originally, as well as the self-serving declarations of a USF administrator and a co-director of CPRN simply reveal a bootstrap attempt to cover the essentially commercial nature of this transaction and of CPRN’s plans to continue the broadcast of elite oriented classical music, with no educational purpose or content.” Similarly, Ted Hudacko told me that, “The changes to KUSF-FM fundamentally eliminate all educational aspects for USF and students of all ages and destroy thoughtful and irreplaceable community and informational services for the people of San Francisco, including the under-served and disadvantaged.”
Beyond the arguments presented in the article by Jennifer Waits, which make for some interesting reading, the comments once again hold some of the best quotes:
I do not get this. Universities have great asset in a radio station that they could be capitalizing on by dedicating a few hours a week to soliciting for the endowment, direct to the local home town with the single largest concentration of alumni, just before and just after a broadcast of their most popular college sports team, or whatever has buzz at the moment. That potential lost opportunity greatly outweighs any short term gain of a secret sale, which is going to look like chump change 10 years from now.
I think the “financial” argument for KUSF closure is bogus. I think the unspoken agenda is that of “cleaning up” the godless heathens that broadcast their sacrilegious filth on an ostensively Christian university’s frequency.
Remember the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, who after many years of using church halls for charity fundraising events (on their way to over $1,000,000 in SF alone), suddenly being banned from church premises? Because someone got a bee in their bonnet about the Sisters’ behavior being “incompatible”?
Well, I think this is exactly the same situation. “Someone” tuned in to KUSF and heard some naughty words or other irreligious reference they didn’t like. Calls were made, either religious or financial strings were pulled, and that nice safe godly classical music station was brought in to sanitize San Francisco’s airwaves.
It’s time that individual was reminded of the benefits they’ve enjoyed under the First Amendment, and the quid pro quo they’ve been enjoying for their own religious freedoms.