Plan yielded – 88.5 alums make progress with GSU

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 11, 2014
Photo from a Facebook page created to promote the boycott of the GPB takeover of WRAS. /File

Photo from a Facebook page created to promote the boycott of the GPB takeover of WRAS. /File

This story was updated on June 13. 

An alumni group that’s joined the fight to keep Georgia State University’s radio station under student control says there’s been a breakthrough.

On the evening of June 11, Album 88 Alumni “announced plans for expanding learning opportunities for GSU students who work at WRAS, 88.5 FM.”

To recap: GSU on May 6 announced a “historic partnership” with Georgia Public Broadcasting to bump student programming for GPB’s. The announcement was news to the students working at WRAS, who said they weren’t consulted beforehand. There have been several meetings since, and the official date of the GPB takeover date was pushed back from June 2 to June 29.

The alumni group’s announcement implies that the two sides have agreed to hold more meetings and explore other possibilities the group has proposed.

“We have opened a positive line of dialogue with GSU President Mark Becker that will provide an opportunity to help WRAS students by expanding their learning opportunities at present, and to create new avenues of support for students and alumni in the future,” Album 88 Alumni president Zachary Lancaster said in the press release. “For our plan to work, this has to be comprehensive and available to all students. We want to add maximum value. We look forward to meeting with GSU administrators next week; and with Dr. Becker again later this month.”

Lancaster said there will be more details next week “after further refinement and research by the Album 88 Alumni board and volunteers.”

“As we said last week, our main goal is still the same as President Becker’s,” he said in the release.  “We want to give GSU students, especially those who work at WRAS, the best possible opportunities to learn about radio and TV broadcasting, and content creation in music and TV.”

That’s all for now. Stay tuned.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the two sides had reached an agreement about the future of the station. On June 13, Lancaster explained that the group agreed to hold more meetings and continue its discussions with GSU about the future of WRAS. 

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  • Dejahthoris

    GPB is in no way offering opportunities for anyone but themselves, and Becker wants to stifle the Free Speech of the students and staff at WRAS by intimidating them into silence by making them fear he will be taking away their jobs at the station. He no doubt hates the music they play and will be happier if there are reruns of old shows which we can already hear on wabe. This station was founded BY and FOR the students!!!

  • John Kurc

    HUH? This is NOT TRUE!

  • jez de wolff

    I am on the Album 88 Alumni Board: There is no agreement with the alumni and GSU to speak of. The alumni are just trying to help make alternative opportunities available (instead of the TBD GPB internships) to the students as well as making sure that the deal gets stopped.

    • I spoke to Mr. Lancaster and we’ve updated the story. Thank you for calling it to our attention.

      • jez de wolff

        Thank you for the updated post! This damned thing is moving at light speed. Doing everything we can to try to work with the University to make it not happen!

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