GPB takeover of Album 88 delayed until June 29

Georgia Public Broadcasting’s takeover of the daytime airwaves of Georgia State University’s Album 88 (WRAS-FM/88.5) is being postponed until June 29. Here’s the statement posted this morning on the Save WRAS Facebook page:

Georgia State University Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Douglass Covey, met with the leadership of Georgia State University’s student-programmed radio station, WRAS, to inform them that the university and Georgia Public Broadcasting are postponing to June 29 the implementation of broadcasting by GPB on the university’s 88.5 frequency. The implementation was originally scheduled for June 2, and the date is being moved back to allow the university to continue to work on resolving issues raised by the WRAS leadership in a May 16 meeting with President Mark P. Becker and university leaders, and for GPB to finalize production plans for new local programming.

Students and alumni continue to pressure GSU to scuttle the deal and continue to have Album 88 – a radio staple for more than 40 years – to continue to be student run 24 hours a day. Under the secret deal made by GSU and GPB, there would be NPR programming from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily on the 100,000 watt station with students relegated to evenings and overnight.

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  1. The biggest issue here is that the deal was made in secret, and without input from the staff of WRAS or the community of listeners. Their dismissive attitude is perceived as aloof and shady. It has only led to increased anger. I’m glad they’ve delayed the switchover, but the battle is far from over.

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