COMMENTARY: Save Georgia State's WRAS from GPB

This is a story that will alter Atlanta's cultural fabric -- and it will stick it to countless college students.

In a few days, Georgia State University will turn over most of the programming on its 100-thousand watt student-run FM radio station to Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Most of you probably don't listen to WRAS. I do. Its music programming is original, cheerfully unpredictable and it has spent most of its 43 year history breaking significant musical ground. WRAS played OutKast before anybody had heard of them. They played REM before anybody had heard of them. Each semester, it takes about 70 students to run the station, and it has thrived in its non-commercial bubble.

Last month, GSU agreed to turn over all of its daytime programming to GPB. Students were kept in the dark until the deal was announced. Such a deal should benefit the students, no?

Go to GPB's website, and the you'll see a press release that spends most of its space promising students-- internships.

Internships at GPB! It kinda explains why Georgia State was so secretive about it.

I like GPB. They do good work. But college radio is special, and Georgia State has one of the best in America. They need to let students program WRAS, not GPB.


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