(en)Support San Francisco Liberation Radio!

Shawn Ewald (shawn@wilshire.net)
Mon, 27 Oct 1997 01:03:16 -0700

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For further info on this subject see SFLR's press release at: http://www.radio4all.org/news.html -------------------------------------------------------------------- Date sent: Mon, 06 Oct 1997 12:42:17 -0700 From: San Francisco Liberation Radio <sflr@slip.net>

93.7_FM_San_Francisco_Liberation_Radio 750 LaPlaya #852, San Francisco, CA 94121, 415-750-1714


Hello All,

We are asking for people to call San Francisco rock station KFOG and request that they do two things:

1. Resign their membership in the National Association of Broadcasters, and...

2. Issue a public statement supporting the right of Free Radio Berkeley and San Francisco Liberation Radio to share the airwaves in this market.

We think that if we could get KFOG to acquiesce on these two issues that it would be a major victory for the micro radio movement. We further feel that making such a demand upon KFOG is just, as it was their chief engineer, Bill Ruck, who electronically tracked and spied upon SFLR & FRB. We have proof of this on tape, and we will attempt to upload that tape to A-Infos this weekend.

KFOG can be reached by phone at: 415-817-5364; or by email at: kfog@kfog.com


In April of this year the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) held a convention in Las Vegas during which they blasted micro radio (which they, naturally, refer to as "pirate radio"). Sitting on this panel discussion were: Jack Goodman, described on the tape as "the NAB*s point man on pirate radio;" Beverly Baker, chief of the Compliance and Information Bureau of the FCC (Ms. Baker has, since this convention took place, left the FCC); and Bill Ruck, chief engineer for two San Francisco Radio Stations, KFOG & KNBR (both stations, owned by the Susquehanna Radio Corp., are housed in the same building at 55 Hawthorne St. in SF).

The participants in this panel discussion were very free with their comments regarding micro radio. Amazingly, the discussion was recorded. The micro radio movement has obtained the tape. Again, we will upload the sound from that tape this weekend, but, for now, here are a few choice quotes:

Regarding Free Radio Berkeley:

"They*re into their own self-serving anarchy kind of mentality."--Ruck

Regarding San Francisco Liberation Radio:

"I call this the propaganda voice of Food Not Bombs."--Ruck

Regarding Food Not Bombs:

"This is a group that says we should*t be putting money into military things, we should be using the money to feed the homeless etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. The only thing about Food Not Bombs is they*d much rathere have a police riot than actually distribute any food. They believe they should not have to get permits and comply with health code regulations, they just wanna give food away. And as a result there*s always a police riot whenever they show up...the thing I wanna point is that in San Francisco there are a lot of groups that give away food, and they all seem to manage to comply with police and health codes and everything else, but these guys insist that they don*t need to have permits because they*re doing good things"--Ruck

Regarding FRB co-founder Stephen Dunifer:

"He*s misguided perhaps, but you need to understand where he*s coming from so you*ll understand what he*s trying to do. Steve was basically driven out of KPFA/Pacifica Foundation, for he was too radical for KPFA, which is somewhere to the left of left."--Ruck

"Dunifer and his co-horts attempted to pack the courtroom without much success."--Goodman

Regarding micro radio in general:

"We want them all off the air."--Baker

"Some of them are connected to the militia movement."--Baker

"The fact is they*re crooks."--Goodman

"They*re preference is to simply violate the law."--Goodman

"Some of the ones in Florida are connected to the drug trade."--Baker

Again we would like to urge people to call KFOG. I doubt there is much that complaints and phone calls can do to sway the NAB or the FCC; however, I think KFOG is the weak link in the chain. Should their commercial rock listeners find out what they*ve been doing behind-the-scenes to undermine micro radio and free speech they would, perhaps, be vulnerable to a campaign of public pressure. Again, people should call KFOG at 415-817-5364 and request that they do two things:

1. Resign their membership in the NAB, and, 2. Issue a public statement supporting FRB*s and SFLR*s right to share the airwaves in this market.

They can also be reached by email: kfog@kfog.com

Getting just one commercial radio station to support micro radio could be a big step toward winning this overall struggle.

Richard Edmondson

P.S. One of our volunteers reported the following:

Hi Richard,

When Ken called the station from work this morning, he found out that they are referring all protest calls to their corporate counsel in Pennsylvania. They are referring people to:

Craig Bremer General Counsel and VP 717-848-5500 PO Box 2026 York, PA 17405

I think this indicates that they are getting a lot of calls, otherwise they'd just blow it off, as they did mine yesterday, and rather rudely. My view is that you should keep hammering away on the air that people should protest this action with the LOCAL station. The local people should not be let off the hook just because they are owned by someone else. Ruck works here and we listen here. If people can drop a note to Pennsylvania or can afford the LD call, fine. But the local station should be the one getting the flak, in my opinion.

Good work!


PS: Both KFOG and KNBR can be reached at either PH. The GM for both is Tony Salvatore and you get routed to the same office and the same assistant.

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