Georgia State delays format switch for WRAS radio to June 29

Georgia State University has postponed to June 29 a format switch for campus radio station 88.5/WRAS-FM.

Initially, Georgia Public Broadcasting was to take over the station's FM airspace from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily starting June 2.

A statement posted Friday on the college’s Facebook page said “the date is being moved back to allow the university to continue to work on resolving issues raised by the WRAS leadership in a May 16 meeting with President Mark P. Becker and university leaders, and for GPB to finalize production plans for new local programming.”

Students involved with the station were angered that they were excluded from negotiations with GPB and concerned about losing listeners and how it would affect the station’s ability to help musicians and record labels.

The delay was welcome news to GSU alumni and supporters who formed a Save WRAS group and launched a social media campaign to protest the university's partnership with GPB.

Messages posted Friday to Twitter with the #SaveWRAS hashtag were optimistic. “Keep calling GPB and GSU,” one said. “It is starting to work, but there is still a lot to do to save WRAS.”