4,300 sign petition to stop GPB 'takeover' of WRAS Album 88 | News
ATLANTA -- As of early Thursday, more than 4,300 people have signed a petition on Change.org to protest a programming change at student-run WRAS Album 88 that will replace the student-run station's eclectic daytime music format with Georgia Public Broadcasting content.
The 100,000-watt Georgia State University station signed a deal with GPB to air public radio news and information programming starting in June on WRAS daily from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. School officials have said the deal is good for students.
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. each 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.
The school's decision to discontinue the station's varied daytime music programming has been widely criticized by students, and by fans of the station across the country who have called GPB's plan a "takeover."
WRAS has been on the air since 1971 and is one of the nation's most respected sources for new music and underground classics.
The radio station's management and staff disagree with the change and say they had no part in the controversial decision to change the daytime format.
A Facebook page created to fight the change "Boycott GPB on 88.5" posted early Thursday, "We have a venue and a date set for a pro-88.5 fundraiser. Details coming soon. Until then, continue to share and continue to contact GSU and GPB."
Several bands have commented on the site that they would be interested in participating.
The Facebook page, created after news of the format change was announced on Tuesday, had received more than 3,800 "likes" as of early Thursday.