On Tuesday, May 6th, Georgia State University announced a new partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting. The agreement states that, as of June 2nd, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) will begin broadcasting using the University’s radio station, WRAS-Atlanta, signal during daytime hours.
The format shift will allow GPB to broadcast its programming, which will primarily be focused on news and information, from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. During which time, students will be able to stream their music programming online. From 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., the transmission signals will belong to the students, as it has in the past.
While some welcomed the change, others met the decision with strong opposition.
Not long after the announcement, a social media campaign was launched against the format shift, utilizing #saveWRAS as their battle cry. Below are some of the reactions from those opposing the format change, captured via social media.
Among the multitude of responses, some were tame. Many went to Twitter to show their love for the station or to voice their opposition to the decision.
I support public radio, but losing daytime programming at WRAS, one of the best college radio stations ever, is unacceptable #saveWRAS
— Brad McDonald (@b_mcdonald) May 6, 2014
— Taylor Garner (@TaylorGarNerd) May 6, 2014
— Chris Seaver (@chris_seaver) May 12, 2014
Of course there’s the fair share of these, shall we say, zingers.
— Chris Shattuck (@ChrisShattuck) May 13, 2014
— David McDaniel (@DMcD100) May 13, 2014
Some incited a call to action to sign a petition or write a letter/email to the university.
Bands even got involved supporting the cause.
— Small Reactions (@smallreactions) May 13, 2014
One particularly devoted supporter even did her part from a hospital bed.
Others took to Twitter to wax nostalgic.
— elien (@drelsaschneider) May 12, 2014
Meanwhile, these folks got artsy and expressed their support of WRAS through t-shirts, stickers, even paint.
— Gish (@ladygish) May 13, 2014
Local businesses and organizations are even doing their part to show support for the student-run station.
— KilljoyTshirts (@KilljoyTshirts) May 8, 2014
— Bang! Arts (@bangarts) May 13, 2014
So there you have it- a breakdown of whats been happening on the Twittersphere. The question is, which side of the issue are you on? We want to know! Leave us a comment below (we LOVE comments) or give us a shout on Twitter.