'Voluntary Contributions' End FCC Probe Of KUSF Sale
June 8, 2012 at 3:26 AM (PT)
The sale of noncommercial Variety KUSF (now Classical KDFC)/SAN FRANCISCO was finalized YESTERDAY (6/7) after more than a year of contentious conversations, when all parties in the transaction agreed to pay $50,000 each to end a FCC investigation..
Opponents of the sale had succeeded in raising enough issues with the deal to prompt the FCC to send the parties an inquiry about control of the station prior to consummation (NET NEWS 6/28/11). "FRIENDS OF KUSF" had previously complained that the station's main studio had been dismantled and operations turned over to CPRN.
The FCC ruled, "In this Order, we adopt the attached Consent Decree [see the document here] entered into by the MEDIA BUREAU (the "Bureau"), the UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO ("USF"), and CLASSICAL PUBLIC RADIO NETWORK LLC ("CPRN"). The Consent Decree resolves issues arising from the Bureau's review of the captioned application for consent to the proposed assignment of license for Station KUSF(FM), SAN FRANCISCO, CA (the "Station") from USF to CPRN. In particular, the Consent Decree resolves the Bureau's investigation of the applicants' compliance with Sections 1.17 and 73.503(c) of the Commission's Rules."
THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE reports, "KUSF can now transfer its broadcast license to the nonprofit CLASSICAL PUBLIC RADIO NETWORK, a classical music station operated by the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. The sale was announced in JANUARY 2011, with KDFC, the BAY AREA's only classical music station, moving up the FM dial to 90.3 and booting out KUSF's student radio programming."
Some listeners issued a statement THURSDAY saying they would appeal the FCC's approval of the sale.