WRAS was Georgia State’s most recognized and most beloved on-campus organization. It was a cultural icon that launched the careers of numerous musical artists and offering truly unique programming.
Now we will eight hours of “A Prairie Home Companion”, 20 hours (!) of “Performance Today”, 46 other broadcast hours that mirror WABE and a few, still-undefined number of internships for Georgia State students.
Quite the trade off; we’re all certainly going to benefit from a further homogenization of Atlanta’s media. (In all honesty, this is objectively the greatest loss to Atlanta radio. Even if you prefer classic rock, oldies or 95.5 The Beat, they all played stuff you can hear elsewhere or had heard thousands of times before. Album 88 did none of that.)
All I hope is that people will still write and call GPB (they’re the only ones with the power to stop the partnership) and let them know the deal is “contrary to the public interest,” which it certainly is–consumers gain virtually nothing with GPB entering the Atlanta airwaves.