Georgia State alumni offer alternative plan for student-run WRAS

A Georgia State University alumni group is offering a counterproposal to keep the university’s radio station a student-controlled operation.

The Album 88 Alumni proposal, presented to university administrators last week, would keep students running the WRAS-FM 88.5 radio station 24 hours per day, provide more student internships, and create mentoring and networking programs. Alumni leaders say the alternative proposal would benefit students more than the current plan to allow Georgia Pubilc Broadcasting to take over the station’s daytime programming beginning Sunday. The GPB programming switch has riled students, listeners and WRAS alumni since Georiga State President Mark Becker announced the change May 6.

The alumni proposal recommends creation of a separate signal on a nearby frequency that can be used to broadcast GPB’s signal while the original 88.5 frequency would be retained for the sudent station.

“We believe this proposal gives everybody what they want and need,” Album 88 Alumni president Zach Lancaster said in a statement released Wedensday.

The group has not yet received a response from Georgia State administrators.

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