Responding to concerns expressed by students at Album 88 and alumni, Georgia State University is pursuing options to secure daytime broadcast time for Album 88 after the Georgia State and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) partnership is initiated on June 29.
Georgia State has hired engineers and other media consultants to pursue an alternate translator frequency for Album 88. Georgia State has remained committed to the partnership and GPB will begin broadcasting on 88.5 on the morning of June 29. The university will continue to pursue opportunities to restore Album 88 to its FM analog presence in Atlanta.
Students will continue to create and manage Album 88 programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During daytime hours Album 88 will be heard digitally via the streaming webcast, at www.wras.org, by clicking the Listen Live link at the top of the page. Also, Tunein.com provides a free and easy-to-use app for most smart phones and portable devices. Georgia State’s Web home page points listeners to Album 88. Album 88 will be heard over an analog signal Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 6 p.m. until 8 a.m.
Douglass Covey, vice president for student affairs, expressed Georgia State’s commitment to aggressively pursuing translator frequency for Album 88 in a meeting with Album 88 managers and student leaders on Friday, June 27.
President Mark Becker said the partnership with GPB creates opportunities for many of the 2,000 students in the university’s Communications program to get broadcast and production experience at GPB studios. The agreement, he said, also extends Georgia State’s communications reach across Georgia through GPB’s network.
About the Georgia State University/Georgia Public Broadcasting Partnership
Georgia State University’s partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) provides new and greatly expanded opportunities for students and enables the university to better share the work of Georgia State faculty, staff and students with the broader community across Georgia.
With its strong and growing connections to the dynamic Atlanta film industry, Georgia State is the premier institution in Georgia for film and broadcast study. Its film and journalism programs are among the largest of their kind in the nation, with more than 2,000 undergraduate students. In addition to Georgia State’s burgeoning ties with the film industry, this partnership will enable the university to expand into broadcast television and provide students with vital experiential learning opportunities that will build a solid foundation for starting their careers.
Through the partnership, Georgia State students will be involved in producing 12 hours of daily programming every day of the year on GPB’s digital television network. The university will vastly expand practical learning opportunities for students majoring in film and video as well as offer new classes in GPB’s state-of-the-art studios. In addition to opportunities for students, this programming will provide a television outlet for showcasing prominent Georgia State speakers and performances, and there is the potential to expand those opportunities to other University System of Georgia campuses.
The partnership provides an opportunity for the statewide broadcast of Georgia State’s highly regarded quarterly economic forecasting seminar on GPB’s primary television channel, allowing the university to highlight one of its leading faculty members and share important information with a broader audience.
The collaboration with GPB also benefits students interested in radio broadcast production through increased internships and the production of content for distribution by GPB across its statewide network. GPB will air a student-produced music-based program locally and across the state. Should the demand emerge, the potential exists for student work to receive increased national exposure.
New radio and television content produced through the partnership will include Georgia State faculty, staff and students who will be featured regularly in stories or be interviewed as experts on topics of public interest.
Album 88, Georgia State’s heralded student-run radio station, will continue to offer its independent broadcast schedule throughout the day and night. The university is pursuing options to secure daytime broadcast time for WRAS after the partnership is initiated on June 29. Georgia State has hired consulting engineers and others to secure translator frequency for WRAS, but has been unable to complete a transaction before the start-up date of the partnership. GPB will have no involvement in Album 88 programming.
The partnership provides Georgia State with valuable new assets, but most important, it opens the door to considerably expanded and enhanced collaboration that will benefit students and the university well into the future.