We've devoted the full resources of the KQED news operation to learning the old and new radio station call letters and frequencies of the stations affected by the big radio deal yesterday. (So far, all I've been able to commit to memory is that 88.5 in San Francisco remains the domain of KQED.)
We've got some material here to help interested parties make sense of the deal's various aspects. The remarkable thing is that the scrambling of the dial affects four different radio constituencies -- listeners of the Christian music, classic rock, free-form college, and classical formats. And at least three of those are going to be unhappy. To take in the full boat of changes, check out the following:
- News Fix: KUSF Sells License, Goes Off-Air - our post from yesterday focuses on the loss of college station KUSF 90.3, a longtime musical haven for fans of independent and off-the-beaten-path music.
- Cy Musiker interviews KDFC Music Director Rik Malone - Malone says the deal will help preserve classical music on the radio -- struggling around the country -- in the Bay Area. KDFC will become listener-supported, and though the station has applied to boost the signal, the move to the low-power 90.3 transmitter will leave many former listeners struggling to hear through the static, if at all.