Story and photo by Thomas K. Pendergast
After a seven-year exile, KXSF radio will be launched back onto the airwaves at 102.5 FM, on July 10, to bring its free-format, non-commercial programming to San Francisco.
Formerly known as KUSF, the entire staff was booted from the University of San Francisco (USF) in 2011, when the Federal Communications Commission license for their spot at 90.3 FM was sold by the university to a corporation owned by the University of Southern California, which operates classical music stations. According to media reports, USF received $1 million for the license, the programming was changed and the station was rebranded KDFC.
The former KUSF launched in 1963 as a campus-only, student-run AM station. Ten years later, it was offered an FM slot on the dial and became a non-commercial educational station. In 1981, it began 24-hour programming. Over the years, it received several awards for broadcasting excellence.
Now renamed as San Francisco Community Radio (SFCR), with the new call letters KXSF, the station will operate for 12 hours of the day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and then from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m.
The organizers at the station plan to share the new frequency with the San Francisco Public Press (SFPP), a local newspaper published quarterly, but SFPP staff said they are not ready to go on the airwaves quite yet.