In May of this year, the administrators of Georgia State University cut a backroom deal with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) to give GPB control of the 88.5fm signal during peak listening times, blindsiding committed student volunteers and tens of thousands in the Atlanta community that support diversity on the radio dial.
We are members of that community. We support alternative radio. And we recognize that it takes money to play on the same field as the wealthy powerbrokers and honchos who control the University and GPB. This isn’t the first fundraiser, and it probably won’t be the last. GSU and GPB expected students, rockers, hipsters, poets and musicians to make a little noise and then go away. But we can’t. Something very important is at stake.
The alumni of Album 88 support the student-run operation and management of WRAS and the 88.5fm signal. They support diverse radio in Atlanta and oppose the redundant programming offered by GPB, programming that has chased listeners away from terrestrial radio. What is at stake is not the future of communications but the future of a cornerstone our alternative communities in Atlanta.
Atlanta Pandemonium and the Masquerade will donate proceeds from this event to the Album 88 Alumni, to assist them in their efforts to restore college radio at Georgia State and support the student volunteers who spin our music and operate WRAS. Pandemonium features 45 years of glam rock music, dancers, circus performers and this time, a photo booth complete with accessories. People will have a great time while demonstrating their support for WRAS, the college radio powerhouse that has supported our scene for over 40 years!
WHAT: Counterculture Fundraiser to Support Student-Run WRAS 88.5fm Atlanta
WHEN: Saturday, December 13th, 8:00-2:00am
WHERE: Where else? The MASQUERADE!
WHY: To support the Album 88 Alumni in their effort to return WRAS 88.5fm to a fully student-run noncommercial station.
WHO: Album 88 Alumni
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