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KUSF-FM Moves to Online Format

Classical KDFC to Move to 90.3

01-19-2011
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USF's radio station KUSF moves to online format at www.kusf.org.

The University of San Francisco announced Jan. 18 that university-owned KUSF-FM was moving to an online format.

The move, effective immediately, came after USF reached an agreement to sell the KUSF-FM frequency 90.3 to the Classical Public Radio Network (CPRN). CPRN will begin broadcasting the Bay Area’s longtime classical music station KDFC on the 90.3 frequency. CPRN is owned by the University of Southern California.

The call letters “KUSF” were retained by USF, along with the KUSF logo and the station’s music library. All members of the KUSF staff will be offered similar positions at the online www.kusf.org, said Gary McDonald, USF associate vice president for public affairs and communications.

The move to online streaming gives KUSF.org an opportunity to grow its worldwide audience. Pending final approval by the FCC, the sale allows USF to focus on the station’s primary purpose as a teaching laboratory for students and to invest the proceeds to support USF’s mission.

In addition to preserving classical music in the Bay Area and refocusing on the student-learning experience, the agreement with CPRN has the benefit of opening the door to public radio internships for USF students interested in radio broadcasting.

Due to the contractual agreement of the sale, the university was unable to discuss details until the public announcement was made.

KUSF-FM began broadcasting on April 25, 1977. The station has stopped broadcasting briefly while the necessary engineering and electrical work completes the move online.

USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. will meet with KUSF staff tonight on the USF campus to discuss the university’s decision.

Written by Edward Carpenter »usfnews@usfca.edu