Georgia State University students fight radio station switch - CBS46 News

Georgia State University students fight radio station switch

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Students and alums at Georgia State University are fighting to prevent what they consider a takeover of the campus radio station, WRAS 88.5 FM.  The university has entered into an agreement with Georgia Public Broadcasting to host programming from 5 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily, with students covering the remainder of the day.

"WRAS is losing its influence," said student and station manager Ana Zimitravich.  "RAS is losing its programming, RAS is losing its opportunities for the students and for the student body."

Zimitravich helped organize a silent protest at Georgia State University's graduation ceremony on Saturday. She says students had no say in the new partnership, but Georgia Public Broadcasting says it will give students new opportunities with access to their studios.

"The university perceives this as being in our long-term best interest," said Dr. Doug Covey, VP of Student Affairs.  "We do think there is an opportunity to grow a much bigger audience."

The new programming starts June 2 and will include content from National Public Radio.  It is Georgia Public Broadcasting's debut in Atlanta radio.  WRAS student programming will continue broadcasting around the clock online and on digital radio.

An online petition to stop the partnership has garnered more than 8,000 signatures at change.org, but Covey said they will not turn back on their agreement with GPB.

"We have to honor the terms of the agreement, and we've signed a contract," said Covey.  "We certainly believe that when people look back a couple of years from now, they will think that this was really a good decision."

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