GPB’s weekend programming in Atlanta looks a lot like WABE’s weekend programming

Weekday programming for 88.5 FM is still unannounced

Georgia Public Broadcasting is less than a week away from making its Atlanta debut on WRAS 88.5 FM. On June 2, the state media network will begin broadcasting a combination of local and national news from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day throughout metro Atlanta. While we’ve yet to see the new weekday schedule, GPB revealed its weekend programming right before the holiday weekend.

Aside from a few unique shows, GPB’s Atlanta programming looks extremely similar to what’s already on WABE 90.1 FM’s weekend schedule. That’s notably highlighted by an infographic making the rounds on Twitter comparing the two station schedules. Twitter user @SoQuoted points out the state media network will broadcast three hours of reruns and only one hour of local programming. On Saturdays, 64 percent of daytime shows being aired can already be heard on WABE:

GPB’s Saturday schedule has 3 hours of reruns, 1 hr of local, and 65% is already heard in ATL. #saveWRAS #boycottGPB
- bill quoted (@soquoted) May 27, 2014

Former WRAS General Manager Jez de Wolff, a marketing manager with Adult Swim, points out to CL what Album 88 programming from Georgia State University students will no longer be heard on the analog signal once the station flips formats:

6-8 AM - Rotation (new music)
8-10AM - Reeling In The Years (retrospective of college radio past)
10-12PM - Adventures in Paradise (Bosa Nova, Exotica, Lounge, Tropicalia etc)
12-2PM - Deviltown (indie-folk, freak folk, acoustic punk and lo-fi)
2-4PM - Charm Academy 88 (pop music, girl groups etc)
4-6PM - Quintessential College Show (college rock throughout history)
6-8PM - Urban Flava (neo-soul, underground R&B etc)

6-8 AM - Opus 88 (classical and opera)
8-10AM - 88 News Hour / Easy Fyah (news followed by reggae)
10-12PM - Easy Fyah / Big Band Jump (much loved 27 year run syndicated show from Don Kennedy)
12-2PM - The Blue Note (assorted jazz, big band, swing, vocalists, ensembles)
2-4PM - Melodically Challenged (poetry)
4-6PM - Freeform (each week a unquie themed once-only-broadcasted show)
6-8PM - Multiple Choice (each week something different ranging from instrumental hip hop, afrobeat, witch house and coldwave, j-pop)

We’ve reached out to GPB for comment about the station’s upcoming daytime programming. If we hear back, we’ll post an update.