WRAS to pursue option for student programming, preserve GPB deal

Georgia State University agreed Friday to pursue student-run, daytime music programming despite a deal giving control of its college radio station to powerhouse Georgia Public Broadcasting.

The agreement came on the heels of a proposal made Wednesday by university alumni, who requested separate FM frequencies for GPB and the university’s student disc jockeys.

Now, the university said it has hired engineers and other media consultants to pursue what’s officially called an “alternate translator frequency” for a daytime, student-run version of Album 88 — the station’s nickname. GPB will still control the station’s powerful 100,000-watt signal.

The agreement also gives WRAS students eight additional hours of weekend broadcast time on the revamped station.

University officials said Georgia State remained committed to its new partnership with GPB, which will begin broadcasting a largely news and information format on 88.5 FM starting Sunday.