Toss this – Students stage graduation protest

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 9, 2014
Photo from a Facebook page created to promote the boycott of the GPB takeover of WRAS.

Photo from a Facebook page created to promote the boycott of the GPB takeover of WRAS.

The students behind WRAS 88.5 want Georgia State University grads to have their independent radio station on their minds as they graduate this weekend.

Chris Shattuck, one of the organizers of a boycott against Georgia Public Broadcasting taking over the station, says WRAS will be visible at the commencement ceremonies on May 10. The group is asking students to decorate their hats as a show of support for the radio station.

“With more than 5,000 graduates and their families at the Georgia Dome this weekend, we hope this will send a clear sign to the administration,” Shattuck said.

A press release from the boycott group says, “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.”

GSU has not backed down from its position that the deal will be the right move for the station going forward. The “historic partnership‚ÄĚ with Georgia Public Broadcasting would bump programming on WRAS 88.5 off the air during the day. Students are angry that they weren’t consulted about the move before it was announced. Students are hoping the boycott and protests will cause the university to reconsider.

For more on this story, see our previous article by clicking here.

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