KUSF, the volunteer-run adult alternative station from the University of San Francisco, was unceremoniously pulled off the air Tuesday, the staff kicked out, the locks changed and a campus police officer posted at the door.
A message on the KUSF website:
Thanks for listening over all these years. Thanks for all the phone calls, whether you were pissed off at us for playing the art noise from japan at six in the morning, or in ecstasy for playing THAT SONG you'd only heard once...and were dying to hear again! All of you folks out there who kept you radios tuned to 90.3 FM mean a hell of a lot to us, indeed you're the very reason we existed.
We gave you hearts and souls for thirty four years...
Goddammit, we're going to miss you...
Listeners be damned.
Our old friend KissDangerBoy asks:
"This leads me to wonder, with KING-FM on 98.1 and that great transmitter mountain, how long until someone makes "Seattle Classical Media" an offer they can't refuse...?
Radio like this doesn't show up in the PPMs, and funding-strapped universities can (and are) viewing these bands as nothing more than assets.
The loss to the community at large for the disappearance of interesting, diverse, quirky, non-commercial programming that doesn't have to sell tires or mattresses, would not be the only problem: the loss of radio-training, and experience at the high school and community college level could be just another nail in the coffin of all radio.