KUSF Killed By the University. How Absolutely Horrible for the Community

Well I wanted to use the word STOLEN, but technically I guess it’s impossible for the University of San Francisco to steal what they already own. But they sure as hell did treat everybody like a squatter that didn’t belong. Way I hear it, they showed up with guards and probably did one of those quick lock changes that say in no uncertain terms “you are no longer welcomed here.”

DJ Push, I think

How very shitty. How unbelievably shitty.  Not just for the people of San Francisco. In 2011 a “community” is no longer defined by geographical borders. I am currently in Chicago. I’ve never lived in San Francisco. But on the basis of the radio station alone I’ve literally been considering the place I might move next. Well, that and the women. But mostly, KUSF.

Just trying to lighten the mood. This is just horrible. I was LISTENING TO THE STATION WHEN IT WHENT OFF!! I’m thinking, oh the live365 stream crapped out. I’ll just turn back to my other staple station KXLU. But after 2 hours and the nature of the silence I started getting worried. Check out these pix from the meetings. I don’t know how to identify anybody but the photos link to the folder

I’ve lived in NYC and LA-a little under a decade each. While in NYC one of the stations I listened to was WFMU. Also while there I began listening to a young lady named Jantine. She did a show called Mint Condition. Lot of fun. I was so impressed with her music and personality I stuck with her all the way back to her home town and station KUSF. That’s how I came into this mess.

But there’s a TWIST. I also listened to the “school station” when I was a student in NYC. Columbia’s WKCR. Guess what happened  at KCR a few months ago? The University TOOK a 20 year old Hip Hop show known as Squeeze Radio and GAVE it to some students. This is important because a) same deal; school makes a decision DESPITE what the community wants and  b) it was secret and sudden.

So it goes without saying the Univ of SF made this decision in secret because SF is an activist town and they KNEW all hell would break loose, so they did the whole deal behind closed doors. By the way you can read the University version

Here at the University page

And you can read the STATION version

Here at the KUSF Archives page

And if you’re ready to move beyond “what happened” and into “what can I do” then you need to go to http://savekusf.wordpress.com/

Man, this is so sad. I feel worse because I had been intending to write about KUSF for a while where I talked about what I liked about a pretty long list of DJ’s and shows. So for the time being all I can do is write this little post and add another log to the fire of trying to “keep hope alive” and let those DJ’s and volunteers know that people all over enjoy and respect them and if it’s an online only future so be it-but how horrible for the people in the city. Another money decision.

Bronwyn C and Fans at WFMU Declare Judge Roy Pearson Douche of the Year

So this past Friday, June 6th (right after a fantastic show by Billy Jam) Killing Time with Bronwyn C’s show started promptly on time-but with a twist! This episode was wholly dedicated to what is normally just a segment on her show; “Douche of the Week.” In, said segment, she reads the fans some news item about some human being (from anywhere in the world) who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to display the worst attributes of their humanity. Almost always it’s never damage the only affects the perpetrator, but something the spills if not ejects to the people around them. In my mind these people are just asses, but to Bronwyn these people are “douches.” So the title of the show was “Douche of the Week Bracketology Special!” And I can probably safely guess she knows nothing about my spoof website form late 1999 “The Temple of Davidology.” But before I go on let me give you a link to the show’s podcast AND playlist . The playlists at WFMU may be one of the more unique things they’ve got going over there; the listeners can actually comment as the DJ adds information. It’s interactive-as the kids say. So you can see my comments and all the other people’s too as we voiced our opinions and casts our votes. Oh, this DJ’s got a lot on the ball, she even wrote a book or 2 a few years ago…

Bronwyn chose 16 people and the goal was to whittle down to number 1 via pairing up 2 at a time and voting. She gave each grouping a name too, like the Stinky Sixteen, the Terrible Two. I forget 8 and 4, but it might have been Frightful Four. And the names of the “contestants” are sort of all there on the playlist. And as a listening I have to say; it was a captivating hour. And half of that was because you didn’t know if there was going to be enough time, and the other half was trying to cast a vote in time before they made a decision. But the odd thing that revealed itself as we listened to one horrible act after another was that people do bad things, and after a while you kind of divide that bad activity into 2 categories; people who just don’t give a fuck about anybody else, and people who clearly have “problems.” Some people DO overlap (like my horrible ex-girlfriend) but when you look at bad behavior you DO start to think in terms of “is he evil or just stupid ?” Classic and perfect example; George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Isn’t it clear which side of the divide each of these guys fall on?

But all that only brings us to the winner of this contest Judge Roy Pearson Jr . A few weeks back I wrote about how a lot of black people like myself have to live in this sort of constant fear that when we turn on the news somebody black is going to be doing something…black. And yeah, I know the country is going apeshit for Obama. But that’s 6 months out of my nearly 41 year, so that’s a drop in the bucket if you count the number of days I’ve been aware of the nightly news. And a as many of you recall a certain Reverend Wright prompted me to write a piece about how black culture is self-destructive in a crab-like way. The analogy being the crab catchers don’t need to put lids on the baskets because if one tries to climb out, the other crabs will pull him back down into the much with the rest of ‘em. This is easily one of the top 5 problems in black culture. This NEED to be display idiocy in public.

So how did Judge Roy display his idiocy and manage to win a Douche of the Year contest? A contest that went from June 1 2007 to June 1 2008? I mean that’s a lot of douches! Well he lives in the Washington D.C. area and his local cleaners had the NERVE to have a sign posted that said “satisfaction guaranteed.” The cleaner owners were a couple of South Korean Immigrants, the Chungs. Well, they lost his pants. And Judge Roy decided to sue using a rarely enforced obscure “consumer satisfaction” law that compounded the lost amount exponentially to the point that he went to court with a 67 million dollar law suit. The cleaners managed to have found the pants AND they offered him 12 THOUSAND DOLLARS. For his PANTS! So he reduced the suit to 54 million dollars. And are you ready for the best part? He worked for the city for 25 years providing "civil legal assistance to indigent residents of the District of Columbia.”

This Blog Got Mentioned on WFMU by Bronwyn C. See? There is Something Good in Jersey

OK get all the New Jersey jokes out of your system because I don’t wanna hear ‘em. I was on the radio. Besides, in this age of internet radio whatta you care where the station is? That’s me trying to use some lingo there. Chicago (where I am) and pretty much the whole state of Jersey (where the Bronwyn does her radio show from) are both famous for having “dees, dat and dem” mob guys walking around. But both are exaggerations. In fact; mafia? What mafia? There’s no such thing. But yeah, a couple of days ago she gave the blog an endorsement and if I’ve done this correctly this post SHOULD have an audio clip. It’s only about a minute long so give it a listen.

But media relations can manifest in totally different ways. In a couple of days I’m going to write a piece about a new blogger who visits this blog for tips and who I exchange emails with. That guy has had great success with his local papers and political community and even been invited to become part of the process. And a couple of months ago John Chow got 2 back to back write ups in some local newspapers. So I left a comment over there telling him that MY experience in showbiz told me he should expect a slow progression like this; some more newspaper stories, then magazine and local TV news and by the end of the year there was a very good chance he’d have some kind of TV show. Know what happened? Within DAYS he was doing TV news. Then soon after HE bought his own camera and started filming his local get together with friends and posting them on the blog. And then he started getting sponsors. BIG ones, like Microsoft. Now, I’m not suggesting I caused this to happen (still….) but this is how media works. And Chow has now created his own show, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t end up on some “tech” channel. See, despite how “big” the internet is to us, it’s still the low man on the totem pole of ALL media . And upper media tends to poach from lower media and that’s bad if you’re trying to hide something but GREAT if you’re trying to ride the wave .

Now in my case and the mention on WFMU; I listen to a lot of radio, and that station in particular is one of my top 5. The New York area, like LA, is one of the places I lived and will probably live again before it’s all said and done. And , incidentally, the reason I’m “Welcome Back Rosenthal.” I’m always leaving places but eventually making my way back to them. Bronwyn C. has a show that’s interesting and I thought I had a piece that would really fit into her show well, so I sent it to her. And voila! One of the keys to success, in every field, is to help people get what they want . Contribute to what others are trying to achieve and you might be surprised at how well it works out for YOU. It’s not about being calculating, it’s about making an honest reach outward to enhance something you already enjoy. Dale Carnegie 101. So blogging for bloggers is cool, but it’s not the whole world. Branch out a little and see what happens.