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KUSF Radio Station Invaded by Raccoons

USF students are well aware that raccoons on campus have long been a problem.  This Wednesday, however, the situation took a turn for the worse when a gaze invaded the KUSF studio.  DJ Garbàge was taken by surprise when she heard a knock on the door.  “I thought it was just another DJ who had forgotten their card or something.”  Instead, Garbàge was met by upwards of 50 raccoons.

“At first they just sat there and stared at me with their beady little eyes.  I used to think they were cute with their masks and stuff, like little bandits.”  Bandits indeed.  The raccoons quickly took control of the studio.  With shocking accuracy, they pulled every hardcore album from the library.  They moved with tight synchronization like a well-trained army.

KUSF RaccoonsSoon the raccoons had commandeered the board with shocking skill.  The speakers were pumping out the best hardcore music, but that was not all.  The raccoons apparently had a genius in their midst as it soon became clear that the online stream was not the only platform the bandits had taken over: the old KUSF FM reported a sudden change in programing and the emergency broadcast system speakers were straining to contain Black Flag.

Says Garbàge, “I was more impressed than anything.  They really knew what they were doing.  Collectively, they probably made a better DJ than me which is totally not fair because I at least have thumbs.”

After twenty minutes, the raccoons left, filing each CD back into the library in perfect alphabetical order.  Three hours later, Public Safety arrived to check on the situation, but found no evidence the raccoons had entered the building.  Public Safety, Administration, and Father Privett could not be reached for comment, though a private memo was leaked stating that this was in no way connected to the sale of the FM 90.3 in 2011.

DISCLAIMER: This piece was printed as part of The Foghorn’s April Fool’s Day issue on April 1st, 2014. This article is intended to be satirical.


Listen to your Newspaper: Foghorn Live! On KUSF

Want to get inside the Foghorn office? Want to preview stories and events? Want to hear special guests interviewed live?

Then tune in every Thursday from 4:30-5:00 p.m. for Foghorn Live! Every week, members of the Foghorn staff, writers, and special guests inform you about what’s happening on campus and around the City. We’ll let you know what happened in the newsroom, and how the USF community is responding to our breaking news.

“At the moment we’re experimenting and learning, but the goal is to produce a news forum and invite guests to speak to student reporters on the air,” said Tanya Dzekon, the Foghorn’s managing editor. “We want to dissect the news, arts, sports, and culture of our local community.”

Tune in to KUSF, watch USFtv and lastly, pick up a paper and tune in to Foghorn Live.

Attendees were able to browse through diverse collections of music-related items, making it difficult to walk out with nothing. 
(Photo: Courtesy of Shelby Black)

KUSF Rock ‘N’ Swap Strikes a Chord

Early morning on Sunday, September 8th, numerous vans rolled onto USF campus for 30th annual KUSF Rock ‘N’ Swap. The first KUSF “Sock” ‘N’ Swap was held off campus in 1983 at the Kabuki Theatre, when it was solely used for event purposes. Now held in McLaren Hall, KUSF has teamed up with local and nonlocal vendors to put together one of the largest music fairs in the city. This year, buyers came as far as from Japan to look at the collection, and vendors from San Diego even made an appearance.

Ann Averill, a junior and KUSF DJ, encourages students to come and check out what the event has to offer.  She said, “you’re going to be really surprised on how big it is. It’s almost like going to Comic-Con. It’s huge and it brings in a whole lot of people. It’s bigger than what you would imagine.”

Admission is free to students. Music enthusiasts can find discounted records, DVDs, posters, and tapes from every genre and musician. Doors opened at 7am and music lovers began filing in to get their hands on the rare merchandise found at this swap. Miranda Morris, coordinator of KUSF events, describes Rock ‘N’ Swap as an event where adults and students can come together with a common interest. She said, “this event definitely brings a music culture to campus in all sorts of varieties; whether its musicians, vendors, or collectors.”

Students can also interact and talk to the KUSF DJ’s who help manage the event. Morris hopes the Rock ‘N’ Swap will encourage other students to become more active with KUSF.

Rock ‘N’ Swap is held three times a year; the next one will take place in November. To get more information on the event or to be involved with KUSF, please visit their website at KUSF.org.

Student Involvement Still Strong After KUSF Sale

As many students know, the Federal Communications Commission approved the University of San Francisco sale of KUSF radio in June to the University of Southern California. This sale gave USF $3.75 million.

In spite of the sale, there is an estimate of 150 to 250 students filling out applications trying to get involved with the station. Bailey Onaga, a senior double major in fine arts and Japanese studies, said that she is most excited about KUSF being primarily student-run as well. “Whether you’re into The Smiths, Frank Zappa, polka, or whatever, we welcome students of all music tastes. The more diverse, the better.”

Who’s the FCC?- The Federal Communications Commission has the power to regulate frequency, power program content, and location in all 50 states, The District of Columbia and U.S. territories

Currently, KUSF is planning to be operated as an online only station very soon. Miranda Moore, coordinator of KUSF, said that the online streaming should be up and running on KUSF.org in the next couple of weeks.

The broadcast studio has been moved to Cowell 416. Originally the studio was located in Phelan Hall, and had been there broadcasting for over 35 years. According to Steve Runyon, KUSF general manager, the station has been streaming online since the 1990s.
In terms of the sale, Moore is very optimistic. “We definitely had to realize that the university made the decision and at the end of the day, I felt very strongly that I wanted to students to have some kind of station regardless if its online only,” she said.

Some of the positives Miranda mentioned for an online only radio is that there are no FCC regulations, and she feels that it would be less intimidating for students to get involved. “ A lot of students are hesitant to broadcast in front of 30,000 people but maybe broadcasting to 30-50 people isn’t so intimidating.”

Showing KUSF’s awards displayed in the office, Runyon said it has been frustrating going through the sale process. “KUSF was considered probably generally the best college radio station that ever existed. Awards from Schwarzenegger and the California Board of Supervisors…we had so much external recognition but that didn’t seem to matter when it came to being able to turn it into cold hard cash,” he said.

Runyon also said that he is moving forward with the sale, despite all the changes KUSF had to go through. “In May of 2011, our entire facility was torn out and most of it thrown into a dumpster, because in Phelan, they were renovating the floor,” he said.
At that point KUSF was offered a seminar room. According to Runyon, the university pulled the plug on financing KUSF, so there was no money to make any developments and progress.
After receiving enough funding from the university, Runyon said KUSF was able to rebuild their studio and has been moving forward to adapt to the changes.
“It’s progressing from the standpoint of getting students interested into a student station, which is what Father Privett wants. Hopefully it will work out for us, but it really depends on the interest of the students,” he said.

Moore emphasized that the important part with having great student involvement is having partnerships within the community.

In the next few years, KUSF will focus on working with students in the studio and getting professors involved in hosting radio shows. So far, members of University Ministry have already reached out to working with the station, according to Moore. She hopes KUSF will be able to partner with the athletics department in the future.

“We have been really excited with the possibilities of all the positive community building KUSF could be a part of within USF’s community while exposing others to new music, USF academic and culturally enriching lectures, sports…and so much more,” Moore said.

Onaga also shared the same difficulties in accepting the sale, but is looking forward to KUSF’s future. “At first it was difficult coming to terms with the sale, but now enough time has passed so I am able to see this as an exciting new beginning. KUSF will never be 90.3, but I’m really positive for KUSF.org and am grateful for the experiences I’ve had.”

Interested in Joining KUSF? Contact Miranda Moore at mrmorris@usfca.edu

KUSF’s Not Dead

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Last Thursday, KUSF hosted a very successful Late Nights @ Crossroads event with the anti-establishment pizzazz that one can expect from our late and great USF radio station. Rest in peace, dear sweet KUSF FM 90.3, but the USF music scene isnít going down without a fight.

The event was a showcase of USF musical talent, featuring Sir Taco and the Shells, Conor Oberst reincarnate Nik Pilgrim, the superhot girls-with-guitars of Bad Asteroid, and the punk rock shenanigans of Dead Set.

The show boasted a large turnout of USF students. Armed with KUSF t-shirts and many a Manic Panic dyed hair-do’s, patrons of all ages and music tastes danced the night away to USF’s homegrown music.

“We were trying to show KUSF as an entity at USF, not just a radio station,” said KUSF’s Michelle Rizzio, who was in charge of putting on the event.

Since KUSF was abruptly sold by the USF administration last year, KUSF has faced a shaky presence as an exclusively online radio station.

As for the future of KUSF, even Rizzio seemed unsure: “We are planning to release a zine as a creative outlet for people to say whatever they want to say. It may be unaffiliated with KUSF, but it will be run by the same people,” said Rizzio.

As the show went on, the last act of the night, Dead Set, stirred up some controversy with the administration. As the crowd got riled up, mosh pits began to break out, causing safety concerns.

Lead singer Conor Crockford performed pointed, politically charged lyrics that seemed to offend some members of the Student Leadership Engagement. SLE shut down the event 20 minutes earlier than scheduled, upsetting many of the students.
“To the administration, I say ‘Shame on you.’” Said Crockford shortly after his set was cut short. “For the future of KUSF I hope we can get back on the air to serve the underground rock bands.”

Despite some altercations, KUSF efficiently controlled the crowd and wrapped up the event early. The event was handled successfully as a tamed-down, Jesuit-friendly version of a real punk show.

Dylan Tonti, director of Late Nights @ Crossroads, stated, “It was great to have KUSF’s presence on campus again. I feel the school seems out of touch with what kids are really doing with their time. This was one of the more successful events that struck a chord with the student body.”

Really, I couldn’t agree more. In my two years at USF, I felt that this was the first school event I have ever attended that truly created a sense of community within our university.

It brought me back to my high school days of donning Doc Marten’s, dyed red hair, and too much eyeliner and moshing to my friends’ death metal bands in the high school gym.

Honest local music brings people together, and KUSF gave us a chance to experience that here at our very own Crossroads at USF.

To get involved with Late Nights @ USF and the USF music scene, swing by Crossroads Café in the 1st floor of the UC Building every 1st and 3rd Thursday nights of every month.

Reverend Privett on the FCC Inquiry and the Sale of KUSF

Q: What can you tell us about the nature of the FCC inquiry with respect to the sale of KUSF?

A: USF’s side of this is being handled by our general council. Our general council is working closely with USC [University of Southern California] and a communications attorney. I am not monitoring this on a daily basis. I do know that this is taking longer than we had anticipated and that we want to be prepared for whatever decision the FCC makes. That’s about as much as I know.

Q: Has the university complied with the inquiry?

A: I do know that we produced, I believe, over 2,000 pages at their request, so I can’t imagine that there’s more that they want. Although if they want more, we’ll give them more.

Q: You said that you are not monitoring the situation personally. But has there been any dialogue between the university and the FCC since the inquiry was made?

A: With me? I’ve had conversations with our general council. Not about strategy but more of just saying ‘when are we going to get this thing resolved?’ because this is taking far longer than I had anticipated when I made the decision to sell KUSF. So it might have been more of a reflection of impatience than any great desire to get involved. The strategic thinking, how we’re going to proceed, what we deliver, is all being handled by our general council, USC, and an outside attorney.

Q: Do you have any idea as to when this will be resolved?

A: We originally had anticipated a decision in November, I was told. Before Thanksgiving, after Thanksgiving? If we don’t get it before Thanksgiving, the likelihood of getting it after Thanksgiving-Christmas diminishes. It could be as late as January. They [the FCC] have a number of options as I understand it. They can ‘ok’ the sale, they can call for a hearing. Those are at least two of the options that I know of. I think there are two other, but I’m not quite sure what they are.

Q: Is there anything that you think the USF community should know regarding the inquiry?

A: Well, I think there’s a fundamental conflict here. The Friends of KUSF [organization trying to reverse the sale] are not the friends of USF. My responsibility is to ensure that the university pursues its mission and the mission is not vague. It’s in black and white. Our mission is to promote learning in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. That’s our mission.
So, my job is to ensure that our resources advance the mission. The sale of KUSF is to take this asset and translate it into a liquid cash asset and invest that cash asset to more effectively promote the mission.
I just did a little back-of-the-envelope calculation. $3.75 million could be used to hire 25 full-time faculty, it could be 100 full scholarships for students, it could be the renovation of the bookstore, lounge space, or crossroads twice over. I have to look at what’s going to serve the greater good of the university mission. I think the so-called Friends-of-KUSF are interested in keeping their access to a community radio station, which doesn’t do much for our mission.

I don’t expect them [Friends of KUSF] to understand. I would expect that the university community sees what it is we are trying to do here. I was thinking of an analogy: would you want the Foghorn to be run by 10 percent students and the other 90 percent by the community who come in and take over our newspaper? I don’t think so. I understand that the community would like to have this station at their disposal, but that’s not my responsibility.

I think that the providing of commercial free, classical radio to the entire Bay Area community is a terrific public service and I think to contrast this as public service versus corporate greed is completely inaccurate.
I believe the whole debate is skewed and having spent an hour listening to these folks, I think they don’t really understand what it is we are trying to do. But I would say the university could see what’s really important.