Protestors Rally Against KUSF Sale
January 20, 2011 at 4:28 AM (PT)
Supporters of UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO noncommercial Variety KUSF/SAN FRANCISCO rallied WEDNESDAY at the school to register their disapproval of the deal that saw the station sold to a company controlled by the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA and flipped to Classical as the new home of the format and calls of crosstown KDFC.
About 500 protestors gathered at a campus auditorium and marched to the President's office to object to the deal, in which the school is getting $3.75 million and moving the old KUSF programming to online-only status.
University Pres. STEPHEN A. PRIVETT told the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE that the station "was of minimal benefit to my students" since the staff was made up of primarily volunteers from outside the school. "This was not a crass business decision about dollars," he said. "This was about ensuring our programs involve our students ... Our primary mission is to our students, it is not to the community at large." And to FOX affiliate KTVU, PRIVETT said, "We run a nursing school, we don't staff a hospital. We run a law school, we are not a law firm. We teach broadcasting, we are not fundamentally a radio station."