College radio changes frequency

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Georgia State University's radio station, WRAS Album 88, is known for helping propel Radiohead and R.E.M. to stardom. It was the first radio station to play Outkast, and The Boomtown Rats wrote the song "I Don't Like Mondays" in its offices. Some students say the radio station is the reason they applied to GSU.

Since June, however, the station has undergone an overhaul: Instead of cutting-edge music, it now airs local- and national-news programs 14 hours a day, including during the peak daytime hours.

The news programs are managed by Georgia Public Broadcasting, an affiliate of PBS and NPR, which paid GSU $150,000 to take over the frequency for that chunk of the day beginning June 29. GPB will continue to pay the university fees that will cover the station's operating costs.

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