Some of our millenial friends have expressed outrage that Georgia Public Broadcasting has brokered a deal with 88.5 WRAS to provide public radio broadcasting during daytime hours. Radio staff have complained that they were not welcome in talks between GPB and station ownership, and in fact, some station supporters have called for a boycott of GPB.
How strange that you weren’t consulted in a business deal regarding businesses that you do not own and will be leaving as soon as you collect your accounting degree! And let’s not forget, college aged kids, you already boycott radio. It is dying a death that no one hears.
To be fair, you didn’t kill radio. The MP3 did that during my generation’s heyday. But when was the last time you pulled up your listen-to-fm-radio iPhone or Android app? Never, because phones don’t have an FM tuner. Why would they? Did Brutus own a statue of Caesar? [Commenter known only as “Me” points out that Android devices do have FM tuners -Ed]
You’d think the generation who is rightfully angry that the war on drugs is so slow to dissolve, who are justifiably mystified that marriage equality still eludes us here in Georgia, might be able to weather change a little better. But nope! Your newfangled Instavines and FaceTweets are just as quick to fly blindly to outrage as your parents societies are.
Let’s all just calm down. WRAS will still be broadcasting student programming from 7pm to 5am. I’d bet that’s when millenials are most likely to listen anyway. And students will get to rub elbows with the people at GPB, which is a huge boon for them, because the GPB staff all have resumes as long as your arm. Just take a quick look at who works there and where they’ve been before. You might be glad to share a mic with them, and if you’re not, you don’t deserve to.