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2/26: 89.3/WRFG-FM is in financial trouble

“Radio Free Georgia” at 89.3 FM is like that old hippie cousin of yours. He’s always living hand to mouth, possibly staying in a friend’s basement. He loves to spout old left-wing ideology. He’s not quite in touch with mainstream America but doesn’t care.

For more than 35 years, WRFG-FM has been Atlanta’s quirky home for bluegrass music, world music and liberal talk (liberal talk that would make WABE-FM seem like Rush Limbaugh in comparison.) On weekends, you can hear Caribbean, Celtic, Indian and Zydeco music. Jocks work for nothing but the love of what they do. The studios in Little Five Points are a bit beaten down, a bit ratty, like a college radio station.

But even its modest budget has suffered in these economic downtimes. WRFG-FM has begun a $20,000 in 10 days campaign. While WABE-FM can raise $1 million in 10 days, WRFG has to scrounge for 1/50th that amount to get by.

So far, according to its Web site, it has raised about $7,000. It needs $13,000 more.

Due to a recent loss of grant income and to the expense of our new transmitter, WRFG faces a funding shortfall. The station could face cutbacks in staff, in facilities, and even in our ability to broadcast.

We ask you to donate now to support the station. Give $20, $100, $500 – -whatever you can — to help WRFG survive this current crisis. We seek to raise $20,000 in ten days.

As Atlanta’s chief source of independent community news, commentary and music, WRFG is different in so many ways. The information and insights we air are nowhere to be found in mainstream media. Our unflinching programs speak truth to power and boldly demand that they listen. We think you’ll agree: in these uncertain times, as we seat a new Congress and President-elect, nothing could be more important than an independent station whose allegiance is to you and not stockholders. Please click here to give your tax deductible contribution to WRFG in 2009.

12 comments Add your comment


February 26th, 2009
5:29 pm

This could be Georgia Public Broadcasting’s chance to get an Atlanta signal. Goodbye WRFG.

Big Al

February 26th, 2009
9:32 pm

WRFG is not that desperate for money. They would not take my 2 cent donation. Typical loser liberal commie station. Doofy is right as this would be the perfect opportunity for Georgia Public Broadcasting to get this station at a bargain price.


February 26th, 2009
10:58 pm

WRFG is one of the most wonderfully unique stations I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Even if its politics are too “commie” for you, there is no other station that plays the diversity of programming that WRFG does. It is worth your donation if for no other reason than the 4 hours of blues every morning. I even know some Republicans who like blues.


February 27th, 2009
11:29 am

“…there is no other station that plays the diversity of programming that WRFG does.”

Except for WREK.

Randall Bloomquist - fired WGST PD

February 27th, 2009
11:33 am

WRFG should hire me. I know how to run radio stations into the ground.


February 27th, 2009
1:23 pm

Kennesaw State University should buy the station.


February 28th, 2009
9:18 am

WRFG is a nice alternative to the same old boring radio that commercial radio is. You can listen to one commercial station here in Atlanta and then go to New York, LA, Chicago, etc and hear the same
thing. Its like going to McDonalds. WRFG bring unique and local programming where local artists especially the Blues can be heard. Nobody would probably know about Sean Costello with out WRFG because you would never hear him on another station.

Christopher Cook

March 1st, 2009
10:34 am

Big Al said: “Typical loser liberal commie station.”

Typical knee-jerk comment from people who suckle to the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity and the other disinformative bile polluting terrestrial radio. Just because they don’t play Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The U.S.A.” doesn’t mean they’re commie.


March 2nd, 2009
7:36 pm

I like WRFG but their management sucks. They should be ashamed of themselves and fired. Any organization who can’t hold its own during this economic downturn don’t deserve to be in business. They only want to beg from the listeners who many are unemployed and don’t have money to give to a flailing radio station. Unfortunately, WRFG is always in crisis mode. They seem to thrive own it. It is not fair that they cannot afford to pay their two employees. That’s shameful. The jocks are all volunteers but the management cannot be trusted enough to even pay the utility bill, rent bill or staff. WRFG needs to give the station over to someone who has good business sense like WABE. These people are a joke. I wonder how can they sleep at night. The station is a historic institution in Atlanta and does not deserve to be ran as a poorly managed dump.


April 16th, 2009
4:07 pm

JANE- WRFG is a listner supported radio station. Where else are they supposed to get support from. They don’t take money for advertisers that way they don’t have to be accountable to big business. They are accountable to the people. If you really want to see change get off this message board and take you butt down to 1083 Austin Ave. and work with the station. They can always use volunteers!!!!

Joel Newman

May 31st, 2009
6:11 pm

In 1989, before I left Atlanta, I donated to WRFG my entire collection of rare CAEDMON Spoken Word recordings as well as a great number of classical, jazz, and other LPs. I have photos of a WRFG staffer hauling them off in his station wagon (no SUVS back then). I wonder if any of this wonderful material was ever used on the air. “Jane” in an earlier comment, claims that the WABE-fm has “good business sense”. That certainly wasn’t the case when I worked there in the eary 1980s. The station was shamefully run and, in my estimation, staffed by many incompetents and sloths.


June 10th, 2009
6:39 am

I love 89.3!