A long-fought effort to keep KUSF’s broadcast license from being sold to a classical music network was officially lost Thursday.
The FCC finalized the $3.75 million sale to Classical Public Radio Network, said spokeswoman Anne-Marie Devine of University of San Francisco, which once funded the independent radio station. USF moved to sell the license amid backlash from station supporters. It abruptly went off the air in January 2011 and has since been operating solely on the Internet as “KUSF in Exile.”
KUSF supporters filed a complaint last year with the FCC to block the sale of the 90.3 FM frequency, and although the classical network’s early payments to USF were found to violate a commission rule, the transaction was ultimately approved.
The rule violation resulted in a $50,000 fine for both the university and the network. KUSF supporters scoffed at the penalty, calling it a “slap on the wrist” in a statement. Attorneys for the station said Thursday they would appeal the FCC decision.
A statement Thursday from Gary McDonald, the university’s associate vice president of communications, said the sale will be good for USF, supporting “our mission of offering an outstanding education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition.”