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Best student revolt: #SaveWRAS

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Atlantans were up in arms last May when news broke that WRAS (88.5-FM), the longtime 100,000-watt student voice of Georgia State University, would flip formats because of a secret deal between university officials and Georgia Public Broadcasting. The surprise move effectively ended a 43-year-old tradition of what many considered Atlanta’s most-cherished independent college radio station. GSU officials and GPB execs praised the decision, saying that the agreement would improve the student experience. #SAVEWRAS promptly organized and raised a middle finger to university and media officials. Since the deal was first announced, the grassroots student, alumni, and listener movement has galvanized supporters and held protests and fundraisers. It has also threatened GPB with boycotts and the university with the withholding of donations. GPB ultimately replaced Album 88’s eclectic student programming in late June 2014 with local and national news content during most daytime broadcast hours. But Album 88 went down swinging thanks to #SaveWRAS. And the group keeps on fighting.

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