Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox Discusses Public Radio Takeover of Student Run College Radio Station

Atlanta's Georgia State University’s WRAS Album 88 to Be Taken Over by Georgia Public Broadcasting

Jun 26, 2014
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Bradford Cox is an Atlanta scene indie icon. (Heck he’s an indie icon just about everywhere, but Georgia gets to claim him.) In light of Georgia State University’s WRAS Album 88 station being acquired by Georgia Public Broadcasting (a deal that the station hopes to reverse), the Deerhunter/Atlas Sound frontman recently sat down with reporter Jeremy Campbell of Atlanta's NBC affliate 11 Alive to discuss his memories of the station and career to date. 

For the last 43 years the station has been programmed 24/7 by students but now NPR programming will be running 14 hours a day, leaving student broadcasts to just 10 hours late at night. Cox used to have a show on the local station WREK with Cole Alexander of Black Lips. "[We] used to do an experimental radio show on WREK where we would play religious recordings at half speed and do sort of avant garde things," remembers Cox in the interview. "You know maybe 15 people were out listening, but those 15 people may have been really affected by it you know?"

Cox also went on to say: "If they [GPB] do not recognize that their presence is not wanted, they must be like a bull in a china shop. It's just a direct plea to those people. I wish they could understand the potential damage they could be causing. And understand that you can listen to NPR on the internet all day or in your Audi 88 on your digital satellite system." 

Check out the surprisingly heartwarming chat below.

 

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