ATLANTA -- Fans of WRAS 88.5 FM's eclectic and varied music broadcasts are in for a shocking programming change.
The 100,000-watt Georgia State Universitystation inked a deal with Georgia Public Broadcasting to air public radio news and information programming starting in June on WRAS daily from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. The programming will be a mix of nationally produced programs from public radio providers, including National Public Radio,Public Radio International and American Public Media and locally produced news programming, such as a local talk show anticipated to begin in fall 2014.
The daily public radio programming on WRAS marks the 54-year-old GPB's Atlanta radio debut.
"The programming partnership between GPB and Georgia State will give us the opportunity to provide the highly desired all-news and information public radio schedule not previously available to Atlantans during the most important radio hours" said GPB President and CEO Teya Ryan, in a statement.
From 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., WRAS ("Left on the Dial. Right on the Music.") will continue to be programmed by GSU students. Daytime radio broadcasting of Album 88, the student radio station, will be streamed live online.
GSU will gain access to GPB's resources through one of GPB's digital television stations to showcase student productions and other GSU content from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day. Plans also include a student produced weekly half-hour magazine radio program about music. GSU's home football games will continue to be broadcast live on the station.