Without bothering to tell students or staff until the deal was complete, Georgia State University announced today that it has partnered with Georgia Public Broadcasting to take over the college’s iconic radio station, Album 88 (WRAS-FM/88.5), from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily with public radio offerings. That means 40 years of student DJs playing indie music will be curtailed to the evening and overnight hours.
According to a report in the AJC, the change will happen June 2 but what the daytime schedule will be has not been announced.
GSU President Mark Becker called the partnership “a proverbial win-win” for the college and GPB in a media statement. “Our students will have new and exciting opportunities in the changing media landscape, and this partnership allows both GPB and Georgia State to better serve the metro Atlanta region as well as the state.”
Our contributor Annie Kinnett Nichols recently did a profile of Album 88 and it’s 40-plus year history of being the first to play songs by The Go-Go’s, Sade, Run DMC, Men at Work, Outkast and Indigo Girls. You can read the full article at this link.