FCC Sends Pointed Inquiry To Parties In KUSF/San Francisco Sale
June 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM (PT)
Opponents of the sale of noncommercial Variety KUSF (now Classical KDFC)/SAN FRANCISCO to the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA's CLASSICAL PUBLIC RADIO NETWORKS, LLC have 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. "FRIENDS OF KUSF" had previously complained that the station's main studio had been dismantled and operations turned over to CPRN.
The letter sent by the Commission's Media Bureau Chief, Audio Division PETER H. DOYLE to the licensee and proposed transferee asks several questions about the "Public Service Operating Agreement," the contract under which CPRN is operating the station with the Classical format formerly heard on ENTERCOM's KDFC (now Classic Rock KUZX). Included is a list of 15 questions and information requests, including how many hours CPRN is programming on the station and where it was produced, the Licensee's participation in programming matters, names and titles for all employees at the station whether employed by USF or CPRN, and all documents and letters related to station operations.
The letter also asks for itemized accounting of donations and underwriting and, in a pointed passage, asks the parties to "explain and provide the legal basis for" saying in the application that the PSOA document complies with FCC rules and does not violate the prohibition on third-party fundraising.