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Stanford's KZSU 90.1FM Launches Campaign To Protect Its Bay Area Signal
by Jack Wang/Sadie McFarlane
Sunday Apr 17th, 2011 8:24 AM
Application to move KUSF-FM 90.3 broadcast transmitter threatens interference
STANFORD, CALIFORNIA (April 7, 2011) - Stanford University's KZSU
90.1FM launched its campaign to oppose the proposal to move of the
KUSF-FM 90.3 broadcast transmitter out of San Francisco to Mount
Beacon in Marin County.

The proposed move of the KUSF transmitter would position it at a much
higher elevation, which could disrupt KZSU's extended signals through
parts of the East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda) and parts of the
northern San Francisco Peninsula (San Francisco, San Bruno, Daly City,
Burlingame, and San Mateo).

Mark Lawrence, KZSU's long-time Chief Engineer and operator, explains:
"If USC/CPRN moves the KUSF transmitter to Mount Beacon, it would
broadcast from a much higher elevation which could potentially
interfere with our listenership on the borders of our signal."

KZSU's campaign to protect its Bay Area signal also reflects its
vehement opposition to the purchase and transfer of its sister station
KUSF by the Classical Public Radio Network (CPRN). CPRN is a
corporation owned 90% by the University of Southern California (USC).
The controversial sale occurred on January 18th as KUSF's signal was
cut to static and its volunteer staff was escorted off the premises.

Abra Jeffers, KZSU's Business Manager and coordinator of the Save KZSU
Campaign, says: "KUSF was the only FM college radio station in San
Francisco. Corporate takeovers such as this threaten many other
college radio stations on the left side of the FM dial. College
stations like KZSU and KUSF have an educational mission and provide
valuable community services."

KZSU 90.1FM is Stanford University's student-run radio station that
has served the Stanford community since 1947. KZSU broadcasts an
eclectic mix of music and Stanford community affairs and news.
Additionally, KZSU provides play-by-play coverage of Stanford Cardinal
sports including football, men’s and women's basketball, baseball, and

KZSU is considered one of the most diverse college radio stations in
the West Coast, and many of its listeners regret the loss of its
sister station, KUSF. Long-time KZSU listener Dave Burkhalter
expresses his dismay: "I live in Pacifica and I work in San Mateo.
KUSF was a great station I could listen to at home, and I could listen
to KZSU on my way to work. To lose one station and have another one be
threatened is outrageous."

The campaign to protect KZSU's signal asks listeners and supporters of
college radio to send letters to KZSU by April 15th to:

KZSU Business, ATTN: Save KZSU
P.O. Box 20190, Stanford, CA 94309

Listeners can send an email to savekzsu [at] with their
full name, address, and where they listen to KZSU. More information
can be found at:

For Press Inquiries, contact:
Abra Jeffers
savekzsu [at]

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