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Fundraiser – WRAS students planning concert

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Fundraiser – WRAS students planning concert


Georgia State University students fighting an imminent takeover of their college radio station by Georgia Public Broadcasting are holding a fundraiser on Thursday, May 15.

Chris Shattuck, a spokesman for the group, says there will be a benefit concert at The Drunken Unicorn to help the students in their fight to save WRAS 88.5. GSU hasn’t changed its plans to replace WRAS’ student-run daytime programming with GPB content, and broadcast student programming on the FM station between 7 pm and 5 am. Students said the May 6 announcement by GSU took them by surprise.

A GSU spokesperson sent an emailed statement on May 7 that said the station ultimately belongs to the university and the deal “opens the door for long term opportunities between GPB and Georgia State.”

The announcement says:

This Thursday, local bands Twin Studies, Imagination Head, The Marrows and Book of Colors will each play 30-minute sets at The Drunken Unicorn, which has graciously donated the space for the performances.

The show is open to all those 18 years of age or older. There is a $10 suggested donation with attendance.

The doors will open at 8 pm and a question-and-answer session about the GPB-WRAS arrangement will precede the show. All proceeds will benefit the #SaveWRAS movement and will be reinvested in promotional and legal costs by the organization.

The Facebook page set up in response to the deal between GSU and GPB has more than 6,000 likes. GSU students also staged a protest at the recent GSU commencement ceremony.