Natalie Fressell 
Member since May 19, 2014

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Re: “Meltasia Recap: Day Two

It's very easy to insult people's work anonymously. Not to mention, respectable. May I ask "Your Friendly Neighborhood Link Provider," what is it that you do? Oh, never mind, I don't care.

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Posted by Natalie Fressell on 09/10/2014 at 3:17 PM

Re: “How has GPB's takeover of WRAS' daytime programming affected you?

Atlanta suffers monumentally with GPB's takeover. As a soon-to-be Georgia State University graduate majoring in journalism, I'm reluctant to promote my affiliation with the university come Summer 2014. WRAS 88.5 was a place where local, start-up musicians could be showcased and recognized, a haven where outcasts found comfort and misfits were embraced, and aesthetic differences didn't matter. The music was for us-by us, and listeners could tune in to programming that was put on by people that actually gave a shit. Those people were students, not the leeches at GPB.

How has the takeover affected me? Well, seeing as I'm trying to obtain a job in the field of journalism, it's upsetting to know that the eyes, ears, and voices of creative minds are being stomped on. For what? Greed and poor judgement. Trying to establish my career after graduation was already weighing on me, however, now it's becoming a lingering fear. Especially now that I see how producing original content with a good following can be taken out from under you and replaced with, for lack of better terms, utter crap.

Pinpointing the blame is difficult, but it's clear that a huge mistake was made. I've had a bad taste in my mouth since I heard about Becker and GPB's bitchslap on the WRAS community and GSU students. I can't imagine how GPB staff is holding their heads upright during the day and sleeping at night, knowing that the voice of the public is not being heard. If it were me, I would be pretty ashamed of myself for being a part of such a scheme, directly or indirectly.

'Taking something that isn't yours is wrong' is something we all learned in grade school. Time to grow up GPB. Give back WRAS, and maybe you'll be able to scrape up the remains of something you may have never heard of: your dignity.

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Posted by Natalie Fressell on 07/15/2014 at 12:22 PM

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