San Francisco's Light Rail Studios Yard Show Benefit for SFCR + Save KUSF with Record Fair, DJs inc. Irwin, & bands inc. Chantigs

Posted by Billyjam, August 27, 2015 12:51pm | Post a Comment

This week Brian Springer at San Francisco Community Radio (SFCR) - the online radio station that was also known as KUSF In Exile and continues the legacy of beloved Bay Area college radio station KUSF - sent out a mass email to those remaining Bay Area folks who "still remember what community radio meant to SF," encouraging them to come to this weekend's benefit SFCR Yard Show at the Light Rail Studios space where DJs like Irwin (who presents the popular Sleeves on Hearts music show and who was active in the protests that took place back in 2011) have been broadcasting from since getting unceremoniously booted off the USF campus back in  2011.

Saturday's (August 29th) twelve-hour event starts at 10am and will offer non-stop fun and entertainment with a variety of food trucks, a record fair, SFCR  DJs spinning live at the event, and many great bands playing including San Francisco alt music vets Chantigs, whose success was due in large part to the former radio station. The frequency 90.3FM still exists on the dial but nothing else resembling the former great station that was such an integral part of the fabric of the local San Francisco music scene for so many years.

That day KUSF was booted off the air was a traumatic one for people associated with the station and one they will never forget. "We were forced out by the SFPD while on air. This was January 21st, 2011," recalled Brian this week, adding how, "We only languished for about 3 months until Light Rail was chosen as our best venue to make an online stream. The University has asked us to stop using KUSF, basically anything with USF in it.  They did retain the rights to "KUSF" as a brand.   They really only sold the right to transmit on the 90.3 frequency. Upon the onset, we established that we would be SFCR, San Francisco Community Radio, which is the name of our 501c3."  

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: April 1992 KUSF Top 30 Hip-Hop Chart

Posted by Billyjam, January 6, 2015 06:00pm | Post a Comment
Just dug up the Top 30 airplay chart (left) from 23 years ago from the weekly KUSF FM  hip-hop radio show I did at that time on the beloved, now sadly defunct San Francisco radio station that used to reign supreme at 90.3FM. The radio show I did was on Sunday evenings after the Spotlight guest DJ feature program and before The Germ's demo tape show. It was a good time in the history of hip-hop when the genre was still in its so-called "golden era" epitomized by artists like 3rd Bass, Black Sheep, and Gang Starr and by such releases as Showbiz & AG's Soul Clap EP, Ultramagnetic MCs' Funk Your Head Up album (with the single "Poppa Large"), and A Tribe Called Quest's Low End Theory which even though it was released seven months earlier was still getting airplay due to the sheer quality of its content - every track on point - examples including "Buggin' Out," "Butter," "Check The Rhime," "Show Buiness," and "Jazz (We Got)." 

Other golden era classic tracks included on this chart are House of Pain's breakout crossover hit "Jump Around," the Beastie Boys' "Pass The Mic," and Main Source's "Fakin' The Funk." The accompanying video for that song, in which the lyrics even reference "the year of 92," can be seen below. As is evident from the video the song was used on the soundtrack to the film White Men Can't Jump that was released at that same time. Another rap heavy soundtrack included on this chart is the excellent Juice OST that got released  a few months earlier and included tracks from such acts as Eric B. & RakimEPMD, Cypress Hill, and Naugthy By Nature - but oddly not Tupac Shakur who starred in the movie and had just released his solo debut 2Pacalaypse Now. As well as the Bay Area based 2Pac there were some other Bay Area artists associated with the movie - well with the excellent soundtrack specifically. These included producer Ant Banks as well as Too $hort, and MC Pooh. The latter artist who also went by the name Pooh-Man is separately featured on this chart with the single "Funky."

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College Radio Day A Grassroots Movement As Much as A One Day Celebration

Posted by Billyjam, August 15, 2012 06:13am | Post a Comment
In the aftermath of the US losing several key college radio stations over the past couple of years including KUSF 90.3FM at the University of San Francisco and Rice University's equally beloved college station KTRU in Houston, TX - parties directly affected along, with the countless others that are similarly endangered, have banded together to protest these injustices are still fighting the good fight.

Many of these same individuals are also celebrating the stations they still have while simultaneously building awareness of the cultural value & importance of college and community radio as an independent media voice. This they are doing via College Radio Day which for its inaugural event last year witnessed the participation of over 350 different radio stations. And this year's College Radio Day, taking place seven weeks from now on October 2nd, is shaping up to be an even bigger event in every way with approximately 500 radio stations already signed on to participate in this grand scale broadcast event.

Just as Record Store Day was started by struggling brick and mortar record shops round the country who joined forces, College Radio Day was begun in a somewhat similar vein. The main man responsible for College Radio Day is Rob Quicke of New Jersey's William Paterson University station WPSC who, in celebration of the second edition of this annual event, is compiling a special benefit compilation album by a wide array of artists. Side A reportedly will feature unsigned artists selected by a committee of stations while Side B will feature signed/known artists that are down for the cause and want to acknowledge the support they received from being played on College Radio over their respective careers.  All proceeds will go directly to a transparent College Radio Defense Fund established by Quicke. This week I caught up with Rob to find out more about College Radio Day and this compilation which will be available through Amoeba upon its release.
Amoeblog: For those who don't know the full background on College Radio Day; how did it come about?

Save KUSF Benefit at The Eagle Starring Ty Segall, The Sandwitches, Carletta Sue Kay and Thee Oh Sees

Posted by Miss Ess, April 21, 2011 10:03am | Post a Comment

This will be one of The Eagle's last hurrahs and is guaranteed to be a killer show! Just look at that lineup! Come out, help KUSF and simultaneously celebrate one of the last nights at a piece of real SF history.

Two Petitions to Deny Transfer of KUSF's FM License Successfully Filed with the FCC Over Weekend

Posted by Billyjam, February 28, 2011 11:36am | Post a Comment
Yo La Tengo
Last night as Colin Firth and all the other Oscars 2011 winners were celebrating in Hollywood, up north in San Francisco the members of the Save KUSF collective were still celebrating their weekend victory in the ongoing battle to win back their radio station, which had the plug pulled January 18th. Due to support for the much beloved San Francisco non-commerical radio station, not just one (as anticipated) but two Petitions to Deny the transfer its terrestrial FM license had been filed with the FCC. Saturday (Feb 26th) was the cutoff date and for the past five and a half weeks the tireless members of the Save KUSF group held a series of events, including the big radio station simulcast at Amoeba SF on Feb 18th, to garner support to reverse the move by the University of San Francisco. And support has been building rapidly! Last Tuesday at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Ira of the group Yo La Tengo sported a Save KUSF t-shirt on stage in a show of solidarity.

In an email Saturday night from Save KUSF's Kenya Lewis, who is one of the many hard working volunteers with the group, she praised the "steady and practical commitment to what was necessary to be sure KUSF-FM 90.3 remains the stalwart voice of SF and hub of our community, right where it belongs on the left-hand side of the FM radio dial here in San Francisco." Lewis also acknowledged that the battle is far from over and went on to say, "the next set of legal, negotiation, and community-building work will require an equal amount of rigor, dedication, and commitment -- which we have now proven is entirely possible." Lewis noted that the importance of winning this battle is not just a local one -- hopefully they can "help buck a bad nationwide trend" in which universities have been selling off their radio station FM signals and thereby depriving their respective communities of an important alternative media voice. For more info visit Save KUSF.

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