As protests grow, buyer wants to move KUSF FM transmitter away from campus

The coverage area of KUSF 90.3 after its new owner moves its transmitter to Sausalito. As a campaign mounts to stop the sale of the University of San Francisco’s KUSF 90.3, the prospective new owner is asking the FCC for permission to move the station’s transmitter from the USF campus to a hill above Sausalito. The prospective buyer, the University of Southern California’s Classical Public Radio Network, explained to the FCC: KUSF’s antenna currently resides on a building within the

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KDFC goes noncommercial, KFOX enters SF

San Jose classic rock station KFOX (KUFX) is taking over classical KDFC’s 102.1 frequency, and KDFC will become a noncommercial station transmitting at 90.3 FM in San Francisco in a swap announced Tuesday. Entercom Communications sold KDFC to the University of Southern California for an undisclosed amount. At noon Monday, USC will move the station from 102.1 to its new frequencies, 90.3 in San Francisco and 89.9 in the North Bay, which were acquired from other noncommercial broadcasters. Nicolini “The

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New voice on KCBS

Akilah Bolden-Monifa of CBS5 and KCBS tells us that there’s a new voice on the all news AM-FM powerhouse. John Evans, who was let go from classical station KDFC in May, has joined KCBS All News 740 AM and 106.9 FM, and is anchoring the overnight news from 10 p.m.-midnight and 2 a.m.-5 a.m. weekdays. He replaces Dave McQueen, who retired in June. (Photo credit: KDFC)

Classical KDFC drops 2 on-air personalities

A week after KKSF flipped from jazz to classic rock, there’s word of cut backs at classical station KDFC 102.1, a station owned by the Entercom chain out of Philadelphia. John Evans (pictured) is out after seven years in the afternoon drive-time slot, and 30 years in the market. Also gone is morning news woman Betsy O’Connor. Instead of hiring a new afternoon personality, morning man Hoyt Smith is now doing his show from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and

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KDFC-FM inks deal with SF Opera

For the first time in 25 years, the San Francisco Opera will have regular radio broadcasts. The San Francisco Business Times reports that classical station KDFC 102.1 will air monthly broadcasts of full-length operas recorded from performances starting Sunday, April 1. Additionally, a partnership with Chicago’s WFMT Radio Network will allow opera lovers nationwide to hear the San Francisco company weekly from October through Dec. 1.

Another radio station switches formats

KMAX-FM 95.7 is the second station in the Bay Area to change formats this week, flipping from adult hits to country. The station, along with classical KDFC 102.1 and soft rock KOIT 96.5, were traded by Mormon-owned Bonneville International to Philadelphia’s Entercom in return for stations in other markets. reports that Bananarama’s 1986 smash “Venus” was KMAX’s last song under the old format, which ended this afternoon. The station is playing a robotic voice countdown until the new format,

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New KDFC owners may drop classical music

Bill Lueth, program director of classical KDFC 102.1, tells Chron radio columnist Ben Fong-Torres that he fears the station’s new owners may drop classical music in favor of a format that makes more money. “This could mean the end of classical music radio in San Francisco … Typically, new ownership comes in with a new agenda. KDFC is a success, but it doesn’t make the kind of money light rock does.” As the Press Club reported Jan. 19, KDFC and

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New owner for KOIT, KMAX and KDFC

The market’s No. 2 station, soft rock KOIT 96.5, and No. 9 station, classical KDFC-FM 102.1, and 23rd-ranked MAX-FM 95.7 were traded by their owner, Bonneville International, to Philadelphia’s Entercom. In return, Bonneville will get three stations in Seattle (KIRO-AM, KBSG-FM, and KTTH-AM) and four in Cincinnati (WKRQ-FM, WSWD-FM, WUBE-FM and WYGY-FM). The Merc reports that Bonneville, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has had trouble running rock or urban stations because of lyrical content and

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Alice’s morning show No. 1 in key demo

The Spring Arbitron radio ratings are out for the San Francisco and San Jose markets, and it’s no surprise that KGO remains No. 1 followed by KOIT-FM, KCBS-AM, Classical KDFC, and urban KMEL-FM. Those have been the top 5 stations for a long time. But in the key 25-54 demographic, CBS-owned Alice Radio (KLLC-FM, 97.3) is now No. 1 in the morning drive with the show “Sarah and No Name.” Brad Kava of the Merc writes that “Sarah and No

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KGO-AM, KOIT, KDFC lead radio ratings

The San Francisco fall 2005 Arbitron radio ratings are out and while perennial leader KGO-AM was first, like usual, it was down from 6.4% to 6.1%. Moving up, however, was KOIT followed by classical KDFC. Ben Fong-Torres, in his monthly Chronicle column on radio, mentions the ratings, too. He also says radio stations have formed an alliance to ensure that all of the stations use the same system to deliver dlgital radio, which will mean clearer sound (no static) and

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