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.
Kristen Hawkes, David Schiller, Michael Truxton and Andy Youngstrom play at the Human Be-in in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on September 15, 2012.
Story and photos by Thomas K. Pendergast
In San Francisco's Golden Gate Park the trend of "privatizing" taxpayer-funded public resources by turning management of them over to private companies was recently confronted by the ghost of an older movement.
Without an official permit from the San Francisco's Recreation and Parks Department (RPD), a few hundred people gathered last weekend for a Human Be-in, from September 14 through 16, inspired by the original event that some say spawned the hippie movement of the late 1960s.
This time, however, there was less emphasis on spirituality and mind-altering chemicals because the focus was squarely on recent RPD policies.
This comes at a time when the department is hoping voters will pass a $195 million bond this November to fund park improvements.
Now an unusual coalition of organizations throughout the city is opposing it. The San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper reported the Sierra Club and the Green Party, along with the West Side Republicans, fiscal conservatives, former judge Quentin Kopp and the San Francisco Tenants Union all suddenly find themselves on the same side in opposing the bond.
A soon-to-be-auctioned Beatles contract for a 1965 California concert reveals that the Fab Four took a firm stand in support of the era's civil rights movement, refusing to play before a segregated audience. (Reuters file photo)
Sheri Linden of the Reuters news service report that a soon-to-be-auctioned Beatles contract for a 1965 California concert reveals that the Fab Four took a firm stand in support of the era's civil rights movement, refusing to play before a segregated audience.
The contact, which is signed by the Liverpool group's manager, Brian Epstein, specifies that they "not be required to perform in front of a segregated audience" for their Aug. 31, 1965, show at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California.
The document will be auctioned on September 20 by Nate D. Sanders in Los Angeles.
The Beatles took a public stand on civil rights in 1964, during their first American tour, when they refused to perform at a segregated concert at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. City officials relented, allowing the stadium to be integrated, and the band did take the stage for that show.
The Cow Palace concert was part of the Beatles' third major tour of the United States.
Signed on March 24, 1965, the contract guaranteed the band $40,000 US against gross box office receipts of more than $77,000.
In addition to the desegregation requirement, the agreement called for at least 150 uniformed police officers for protection and a special drumming platform for Ringo.
The contract is estimated to sell between $3,000 and $5,000.
Palm Springs, CA: Bruce Fessier of the Desert Sun newspaper reports that Rock 'n Roll music came to this desert community more than 50 years ago, thanks to a bar called the Pleasure Inn and a group of young locals wanting something new.
Oct. 25, 2009 -- Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: On the 40th anniversary of the year that the Woodstock festival made music history, thousands of people gathered in Speedway Meadows to be hippies for a day. They called it the West Fest.
The weather was warm, sunny and pleasant, so sharing the love was easy. There were lots of people dancing, eating, drinking, buying stuff and two stages with bands taking turns playing.
In the annals of decadently delicious, incredibly messy Rock n' Roll, there has rarely been a band as crazy and debased as Haunted Garage.
Allow me to take you on a personal journey, with photographs from the last known performance of Hollywood's most notoriously entertaining act. Explore the outer limits of scandalous depravity with a band that also made kick-ass music.