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#SaveWRAS rally and benefit takeover Hurt Park/Mammal Gallery this Thursday

Students and community members gather to keep the fight to save #SaveWRAS in the public's eye

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  • [http://clatl.com/atlanta/ImageArchives?by=1223574|#SAVEWRAS: Protest coordinator and Criminal Justice masters student Austin Hunter Burchardt hands out rally fliers on campus at GSU.

On Thurs., Aug. 28, between 4 and 7 p.m., the #SaveWRAS campaign is hosting a rally at Hurt Park to keep public discourse going between students and community members regarding Georgia Public Broadcasting's daytime takeover of Georgia State University’s student run radio station, 88.5 FM/WRAS.
Volunteers have been on campus since Mon., Aug. 25, to remind returning students and inform new ones of the takeover that was announced at the end of the last school year. The format change, which was made without input from the student staff that runs the station, went into effect June 29. GPB has since occupied 88.5’s daytime transmission. The current hours during which GPB broadcasts on WRAS airwaves are 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. WRAS still broadcasts online.



After Thursday’s rally, protesters are marching to the Mammal Gallery on South Broad Street, where a benefit show is being held. The lineup includes performances by 10th Letter, OGxMACO, Father, and Zip Kennedy. There will also be a Sega Genesis competition held upstairs.

A $2 donation will be taken at the door, and all proceeds go toward the ongoing efforts for the #SaveWRAS campaign and potential legal fees if a lawsuit gets filed. Funds will also be used to continue printing T-shirts, stickers, and other means of keeping the station’s fight in the public’s eye.]



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