16 May 2014

#SaveWRAS Movement

Many Atlantans remember “Album 88,” or WRAS Atlanta, Georgia State University’s student-run radio station. You may also remember its demise as we knew it in 2014, when Georgia Public Broadcasting (GBP) strategically stole the airwaves from the student DJs.

The public was outraged. Station supporters went to social media with the hashtag #SaveWRAS and waged war with peaceful protests, a press conference and a benefit concert named WRAS-stravaganza. I was involved in many of these efforts, as well the designs that accompanied them. Sadly, on June 2, 2014, the contract with GPB went into effect.


Save WRAS Infographic

Concert Poster

WRAStravaganza Poster

WRAS was once widely regarded as an Atlanta staple, where many artists got their first big exposure — a list spanning four decades that includes the B-52s, REM, Deerhunter, Outkast, Collective Soul, and the Indigo Girls. Broadcasting at 100,000 watts, it was the most powerful student-run radio station in the nation.

I was the last music director before the GPB takeover. For three years, I selected the songs heard in the station’s album-based regular rotation. I also hosted Soul Kitchen, a Saturday night soul and funk show, as DJ Freight Train. I met many close friends and made some of my fondest college memories while working at Album 88.

29 Aug 2013
Dumpster Dive

Dumpster Dive

Dumpster Dive was a free outdoor concert in downtown Atlanta organized by WRAS Atlanta. It got its name from its unusual venue — a road beneath Courtland St. (Collins St.) literally in front of some dumpsters. It featured performances by TV Dinner, TWINS, and Blunt Fang.

I illustrated the four Dumpster Dive rats and used them any chance I got, such as these handout and poster designs. We even screen-printed limited edition t-shirts.

Dumpster Dive Handout
Dumpster Dive Poster

I also produced the radio promo, where I voiced a few twisted rats.