KUSF Sold and Replaced by KDFC

It would be easier to condemn the sale of University of San Francisco station KUSF if it had involved some kind of evil corporate takeover. Unfortunately, the situation is a lot more complicated than that. Apparently, KUSF is one piece of collateral damage from another sale — that of classical station KDFC to the University of Southern California. Since KDFC hadn’t generated much revenue as a commercial station, its parent company, Entercom, decided to sell its license at an undisclosed price, according to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Peter Hartlaub. The new owner, USC, plans to turn KDFC into a non-profit and move it lower on the dial — specifically, to a slot formerly occupied by Christian station KNDL (89.9 FM) and KUSF (90.3 FM). Today the university announced that it would move KUSF exclusively to an online format, which could potentially broaden its listenership (previously just 100 listeners at a time), or hinder it. Staffers and volunteers were none too happy when university officials kicked them out and changed the locks this morning.

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