It's wrecked the soundtrack of my adult life. Now, instead of great new music from a host of genres, I get to hear Baby Boomers bloviating to each other about the same crap I can hear them pontificate about two stations down the damn dial.
You guys can't be seriously surprised by this move.. This is the same town that just passed a 800 million dollar tax payer funded new stadium to be built in ANOTHER frikkin city for the braves. Nobody here has any clue as to the desires and tastes of the people who actually live in the city of Atlanta and this crap goes on here all the time.
The comment above about "stop GPB from killing Atlanta culture" is laughable. There may be 150 people in this town that can even spell culture. The only thing that matters to the "leaders" of this town is making big, behind the scenes deals and lining their pockets.
We have had a succession of corrupt, some now imprisoned, mayors and administrators who have had no plan, and no vision for the future beyond buying their retirement home.
Now that this is gone, maybe all the cultured listeners can put their money where their mouth is and actually financially support the only remaining decent community radio station in the ATL over at Radio Free Georgia? WRFG.
I have been a listener over 40 years and worked there 1975-77. I would not be where I am today but for WRAS. I have cut financial support of the university as a result of this change. Meanwhile, I am using the WrAS app to continue to tune in.
I discovered WRAS 43 years ago, and it is, to me, the only true music radio outlet in the Atlanta area. I was a DJ at WUOG FM. The bond we all shared during that time is still one of the strongest in my life. To deprive students of this experience is sad; to deprive non-corporate music a voice and the Atlanta community of WRAS is just callous, cynical and wrong. Shame on you, GPB (who I worked for in college and will never support again).
I was 1st introduced to WRAS Album 88.5 by my late Uncle Panorama Ray Herbert in 1994. It was in his art studio in Cabbagetown (currently the Carroll Street Cafe) where I heard Album 88 for the very first time. He said it helped to get him in the zone and his art evidenced his claim. Panorama Ray would paint, photo, and develop his own prints for up to 20 hours a day all while listening to Album 88.5.
To this day that is one of the top 3 most cherished moments of my life. Album 88 instantly became the soundtrack of my life. It gave me a noncommercial artistic environment where I could safely open my mind and mature as an individual who actually thought for himself. It helped me along my path of self discovery and it served as a valuable resource by connecting me to the local underground music and arts scenes in Atlanta.
As a former GSU student and a graduate of GPC my story goes a bit deeper. Having recently recovered from a devastating 5 year period of my life my top priority was to go back to GSU in the fall and finish my four year degree. I had my reentry application all but finished ( deadline of 6/1/14) when I heard of the GSU takeover on May 6th. Since the announcement I have decided to take another year off and research other educational opportunities. I will not spend another dime at GSU even if it means relocating to finish my four year degree. I now regret spending thousands of dollars that I worked so very hard for (no loans) at GSU.
I couldn't feel more betrayed as a listener, a former student, a citizen of Atlanta and as a Georgia taxpayer. GPB receives nearly 14 million in taxpayer funding and no one in their organization understands that just because an action may be legal, it's not necessarily ethical. As a state funded organization, I would think the fact that their behavior has been unethical, to say the least, is supposed to matter. I wish more than anything that someone with a heart and real power would step up and stop GPB from killing Atlanta culture and silencing GSU's student voice.
How has the GPB takeover of WRAS affected me? It has affected me negatively in mind, body, and spirit all day, every day. I've called GPB and GSU over 20 times every week since the announced takeover, and I promise I will continue to be a thorn in their side's until the students of GSU have their airwaves back.
I choose Georgia State University specifically because of Album 88. As a teenager insulated from creativity thanks to Marietta's suburban cage, 88.5 was my sole reminder that there were other young weirdoes who found meaning and identity in chiptunes, field recordings, afrobeat, archival folk, etc. When I had no means of connecting with people in my area about niche genres, I could always turn my dial to the left to not only hear voices that were a mere 45 minute drive away, but I could actually call them and those disembodied voices became human.
Georgia State was my only consideration for college. Even though I never became a DJ, just knowing that GSU provided an outlet for students to share their passion of music that defied Clear Channel monotony was enough to make up my mind. Knowing that GSU's administration had a 100,000 watt voice that wasn't tied to ratings or corporate interests, only fostering creativity, was an empowering fact.
Even beyond deciding my collegiate path, Album 88 helped me love my city. At first, Atlanta seemed like an alienating jungle whose greatest asset was providing a viable stop for touring bands. But knowing that talented artists like Balkans, the Difference Machine, the Black Lips, and so many more were waiting in my backyard made me see Atlanta as a home. Knowing those artists were my peers legitimatized my dreams of writing and playing music.
I'm saddened that future teenagers won't have the same outlet to normalize their passions that seem like fringe interests on the outskirts of the city. But I refuse to believe the fight is over. If it's one thing Album 88 convinced me, it's that even though Atlanta's creative minds lack the financial means of their corporate opponents, their voices always ring louder.
My wife and I are both alums and we will no longer support GSU because of this.
I can remember vividly the night I discovered WRAS after I moved to Atlanta. It was a really difficult time for me adjusting to a new city and I had gone for a drive. I remember scanning through the radio and hearing a DJ say that MC Breed had died that day and so the show would be dedicated to playing only his music. I remember thinking how incredibly wonderful it was that a station could have that flexibility. To be relevant in the moment and really be *for* the music and the people that make it. It blew me away. It gave me a feeling of connectedness to this city that I hadn't had before, it's a feeling that's still important to me today.
Since that night (in 2008), I've listened to WRAS at least 8 hours a day - on weekends even more. It's a huge part of my life and a huge part of the fabric of what makes Atlanta special. GPB has committed a heinous crime. It's dissolved a unique part of what makes Atlanta special, has ruined opportunities for students, and have proved themselves as an untrusted community member. I still can't believe this has happened.
It's just simply ridiculous that Georgia State University could be so careless and oblivious to the needs and desires of the students who pay their salaries. Student run radio was a very special part of GSU. Something that, by sheer virtue of the magnitude of the breadth and love that the station displayed on a daily basis, made GSU unique.
I don't buy for a moment that this takeover was done in the best interest of the students. It's an insult to the intelligence of the metro Atlanta community. I hope an investigation is underway. It's all very fishy...
Half of the music I listen to I discovered on WRAS. I will never support GPB or GSU. My mom is a GSU alumnus and no longer supports the university because of the takeover. My friend who owns a record store gives WRAS credit for building his musical base and doesn't like the change either.
I will no longer be listening 88.5. I will miss the wonderful student programing and Atlanta already has a great station for NPR---WABE. It's too bad that money trumps the public good every time. I loved the new music I was exposed to on 88.5 without being bombarded with commercials. I guess that I will be listening exclusively to WABE from now on.
I've listened to college radio stations every since I was in college. I also did some DJ and board work for two college radio stations. Atlanta had some very decent college stations, which partly influenced my decision to move here. WRAS has been a part of my life since I moved to Atlanta in 1980. Didn't pay serious attention to it until I took a PT job at Everybody's Pizza in Emory Village, waiting until my FT job started at Emory U at the end of summer. WRAS was the station everyone working in the kitchen heard. Loved it. The music boosted morale, which is saying a lot because if there's any setting that needs a morale boost, it's working in the kitchen of a pizza joint. I worked nights. Also on weekends, when I heard this fellow using the alias "Sandy Beach" playing set after set of his featured music. Plus, the Desoto Hour, which was a collaboration with WREK. Later on, when I moved to Emory, WRAS was my morning commute station the days I drove to work; and always on the weekends. After I moved to Macon in 1988, I could still pick it up, especially on rainy days. Following the Atlanta Olympics, I moved back to ATL and it has been my usual station to listen to while outside, and just about any time on the weekend. I have no computer access in the car or the yard, so I cannot listen to the student-driven side available via Da Web. I've enjoyed having access to GPB whenever I drive across the state; but I don't need it here in ATL, because WABE meets that need. By all means, give WRAS back to the students. Having NPR and like programming on WRAS now is a waste of taxpayer dollars, and, worse, it is a loss for students, alumni, and fans like me.
My husband and I loved spending Saturday afternoons listening to 88.5 while working in the garden or running errands. The first Saturday after the changeover was so sad.
No one involved cares how Atlanta general listeners have been affected...and there's nothing we can do as a market to respond. GPB is taxpayer funded....they get millions a year from the state. If we managed to bring them down to 0 listeners, it still wouldn't hurt them enough to withdraw, especially given it's only costing them $75,000/year to squat here.
I was going to go to GSU, solely because of album 88. Not anymore...
I have been listening to Album 88 for about thirty years, since I was a teenager tuning in for anything new and unusual. It shaped the way I think of music, and I've never stopped listening. Even when I lived in Nashville, I would tune in to Album 88 whenever I came home to visit friends and family.
In the past couple of years, Atlanta radio has become a blasted plane of uniformity, but at least we still had Album 88. Now the only decent radio station left has been subsumed into an ego-driven clone of WABE. My afternoon drive home has been Album 88 for years, but now I'm discovering the value of silence while I drive. I don't mind a little introspection, but after a long day of work, I really need something to listen to, and Album 88 was perfect. And now it's gone.
As the daughter of a former GSU administrator, I feel betrayed.
Maybe its one of the Dungeons you have another name for.But Theres a whole segment of history left out of what took place in JD's basement off CampCreek and Welcome All. It was full 24hrs with EVERYONE in the DF,including Ludicrist,you name them . JD passed in 2014 from a Glioblastoma. JD and T-Bo were best buddies growing up and their parents still live a block away off Cascade. Big Bois first house he bought off of Campbelton in sandtown, JD;s sister found for him. JDs still has the Outkast Gold record plaque on the wall of his home they gave him . JD had a contract with CeLo (the contract copy is a keepsake it shows what Ce Lo would be named the whole deal)things unraveled with JDs studio , when he became ill and recording equipment was stolen from his house. JD agreed to settle between attorneys to let Ce Lo out of his contract to move on. T-Bo spoke at JD's homegoing in 2009. Can't erase history , theres photos, docs. Authenticity, not just part.. but the whole story. JD always maintained a good relationship with Big Boi and his family years after he was out of the music business. He always had a love of dogs and worked with Big Bois brother breeding making a good side line there. JD's family would appreciate the respect of not trying to erase his contributions to the DF. Keep it ON the REEL
No offense but this is really poorly written. That first paragraph is a grammatical headache.
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