Free-form community radio station KUSF 90.3 FM died last Tuesday after University of San Francisco officials abruptly sold its broadcast license to an organization planning to host a nonprofit classical station on the frequency. Listeners and station volunteers were given no warning of the closure and no chance to keep the station broadcasting (it had been on the air since 1977). Pressed by an angry public, USF president, Father Steven Privett, said the reasons for the sale and details of the $3.75 million deal were confidential, but that KUSF would continue online. That's a deeply unsatisfying response, considering there's no other place on the FM dial to find KUSF's kind of programming — especially the local underground music its DJs often played.
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