Henry Wimmer, an SFCR board member and DJ at the station with his 17-year-old pet Augie Doggie.
Story and photograph by Thomas K. Pendergast
A radio station that the University of San Francisco drop-kicked off the airwaves back in 2011 is hoping to bounce back, after the Federal Communications Commission awarded it a new lower-power frequency last June.
Formerly known as KUSF at 90.3 FM on the dial, the resurrected online streamer still faces a major financial hurdle: raising about $50,000 to buy a new transmitter and related gear, which it has to do over the next year.
Operating as San Francisco Community Radio (SFCR) at the moment, they will be sharing the 102.5 FM frequency with the San Francisco Public Press (SFPP), a local newspaper published quarterly, splitting the day into four shifts of six hours each. The current plan is for SFCR to take over broadcasting twice each day, between 10 and 4, with SFPP filling in the rest of the air time.
“It seems like it could be a really good partnership of them doing news content and more spoken-word stuff and we’re more musically oriented, although we have a history of being community-oriented as well,” said SFCR board member and DJ Henry Wimmer. “We thought that might be best for both entities because a lot of people get their news as they are driving into work and that would allow Public Press to reach their people. And a lot of our listeners are late-night listeners. We’re hoping that’s a win-win and works best for both of us.”
But first, SFCR has to come up with money to buy the gear it needs.