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EMF To Acquire KUSP Santa Cruz

The bankruptcy trustee for Pataphysical Broadcasting’s former AAA 88.9 KUSP Santa Cruz CA and its four translators has agreed to sell the station to Educational Media Foundation for $605,000. KUSP went dark at the end of July and then filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to begin to pay off creditors. Current.org reports that EMF won the bidding earlier this week with its $605,000 bid over KCRW Los Angeles’s $600,000 bid that will be a backup bid should EMF’s acquisition not be approved by the FCC. A third local group, Media Watch/Central Coast Community Radio also submitted a bid. EMF operates multiple signals already in the Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz market. The company’s 90.7 KSRI Santa Cruz and 93.5 K228FD Monterey carry the Christian CHR “Air 1” network,...[Read More]

KUSP Ceases Programming While Continuing To Find Buyer

Pataphysical Broadcasting Foundation AAA 88.9 KUSP Santa Cruz/Monterey CA ceased programming last night. The station originally planned on signing off at the end of June should a new buyer not be found for the station after coming up $190,000 short of its fund-raising goal in May. Local independent public radio station KUSP 88.9fm | kusp.org will sign off at midnight tonight, ending nearly 45 years of distinguished on-air public service in the greater Monterey Bay Area and more than 20 years online. The move is in response to the station’s current financial situation: monthly expenses exceed monthly revenues and the Board has been unable to secure bridge funds necessary to support a new music discovery format as KUSP transitions away from being a National Public Radio (NPR) member st...[Read More]