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WRAS Radio records

Identifier: M218

Scope and Contents of the Records

WRAS Radio records, 1966-2009, contain materials documenting the Georgia State University student-run radio station. The collection consists of materials pertaining to day-to-day operations, tower construction and relocation, playlists, logs, news clippings, ephemera, station produced sound recordings (interviews, promos, drops) and sound recording submissions for the Georgia Music Show. Notable in the collection is the almost complete run of general manager files documenting the station’s activities under each manager.


  • 1966-2009


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Historical Note

In the mid-1960s, WPLO-FM allowed Georgia State College to use the 103.3 FM frequency to air a mix of music, interviews, and news on a limited air schedule. This first station had a small studio in Sparks Hall on campus. In 1969 Kenneth England, Dean of Students, asked the Student Activity Fee Budget Committee to allocate funds to construct a student radio station while Assistant Dean of Students, King Buttermore, applied for station licensing with the Federal Communications Commission. The FFC granted Georgia State University a license to operate at 19,500 watts on frequency 88.5. The new station operated out of two small stations in the student center, with use of an antenna on leased tower space at the WABE radio station. On January 18, 1971, WRAS signed on the air for the first time. WRAS earned many honors and awards in the years after its creation. It became recognized as one of the most influential and professionally run student radio stations in the United States. By 1987, the station had relocated its tower and increased its power to 100,000 watts making the station accessible to areas far outside the Metro Atlanta area.


3.75 Linear Feet (in 9 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



WRAS is the Georgia State University student-run radio station airing eclectic music programing, news, sporting events, and public service announcements with emphasis on university events. Its records, 1966-2009, document the creation and operation of the station, and include general manager files, correspondence, printed materials, station produced sound recordings (interviews, promos, drops) and sound recording submissions for the Georgia Music Show.

Immediate Source of Acquition

Donated by WRAS, courtesy of Jeff Walker on March 1, 2012 (M2012-03)and July 1, 2012 (M2012-04), Adam DeVore on July 15, 2014 (M2014-10), and Marvin Evangelista on April 25, 2017 (M2017-04).

Related Materials

The Georgia State University Archives contains 4 accessions (G1979-20, G1981-28, G1985-53, and G1992-02) of unprocessed materials from WRAS, including approximatly 4 cubic feet of program logs and three audiotapes from John Palms' inauguration as GSU President, June 6, 1990. Consult Special Collections for access.

Separated Materials

800 submissions to "The Georgia Music Show" (consisting of 7" vinyl and compact discs) have been separated to the Popular Music and Culture Sound Recordings Collection. In addition, the station produced over 200 interviews, drops, promos, and in studio performances recorded on mini-disc, CART, reel-to-reel tape, and a hard drive. Consult archivist for access.

Processing Information

Processed by Tierra Thomas at the file level, Winter 2018. Finding aid created by Tierra Thomas, March 2018.
WRAS Radio:
A Guide to the Records at Georgia State University Library
Tierra Thomas
March 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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