Students to Hold Protest at Commencement

Graduates are encouraged to decorate their caps in a show of solidarity with WRAS and to send a message to Georgia State’s administration

Contact – Chris Shattuck (404-502-6755), Sheena Roetman (678-977-3237)

(ATLANTA) During what should be a week of celebration, the Georgia State community was shocked Tuesday to learn that the administration plans to sell the daytime broadcasting rights of WRAS in a secret deal with Georgia Public Broadcasting.

To protest this decision, we’re asking that students graduating this Saturday decorate their caps in a stand of solidarity with WRAS.

Volunteers will be on hand outside the Georgia Dome to distribute WRAS-branded stickers to graduates prior to the commencement to attach to their caps, though homemade caps are also highly encouraged.

After commencement, we’ll also be taking photos with graduates to share on social media using the hashtag #SaveWRAS. It is our hope that this will send a strong message to President Becker that the students care very strongly about the future of WRAS – Album 88 and are willing to show it – with their diplomas and all.

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#SaveWRAS is a community-driven movement to restore student programming on WRAS (Album 88) – 88.5FM, the 100,000-watt radio station of Georgia State University.

Since 1971, WRAS has played an important role in the Atlanta independent music scene by breaking up-and-coming artists like Outkast and R.E.M. and providing a platform for student DJs to learn the art of broadcasting.

Made up of students, alumni and listeners, #SaveWRAS seeks to reverse a contract negotiated in secret between the university administration and Georgia Public Broadcasting that will take effect June 2 and reassigns control of the student-run station’s daytime broadcasting rights to GPB from the hours of 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.