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At long last, KUSF radio sale wins FCC approval

Thursday, June 7, 2012

imageThe Federal Communications Commission today finally approved the controversial sale of KUSF, the University of San Francisco’s former radio station. The University of Southern California bought the 90.3 FM frequency and attached it to KDFC as part of its classical music family last year, but has waited ever since for the FCC to sign off. (After upsetting students and others by abruptly selling the station out from under them, USF preserved the KUSF call letters for what became an Internet radio operation.) USF’s news release via KQED’s News Fix blog is after the jump:


SAN FRANCISCO (June 7, 2012) – The Federal Communications Commission today approved the sale of radio station KUSF to Classical Public Radio Network (CPRN). The sale will be finalized immediately.

A consent decree between the FCC, the University of San Francisco and CPRN allowed the sale to move forward. The FCC did not object to CPRN broadcasting on 90.3 while the sale was pending, but found that CPRN’s payments to USF (similar to rent) under the Public Service Operating Agreement violated a Commission rule.

“The sale provides the University of San Francisco with funds that will directly benefit our students, and support our mission of offering an outstanding education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition,” said Gary McDonald, associate vice president of communications. “We are pleased that the FCC has completed its review in a manner that allows the sale to close and for USF to focus on its core mission of education and service.”

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