About us

Welcome to melodically challenged! Our weekly radio show plays the best in contemporary poetry, traditional, and avant-garde poetry, and alternative music revolving around a theme. We are distributed for syndication by PRX and are played around the country on college, community, and public radio stations. You can listen to both our syndicated program and melodically challenged live! on WRAS Album 88 (http://www2.gsu.edu/~www885/ or on your radio app) Sunday evenings from 6-8 Eastern, and from 7-8 we’re also on air at 88.5 in Atlanta. Please use this site to find playlists from each syndicated show, as well as links to more great poetry and music by the artists that you’ve heard on our program. Please spread the news of our show as well as these poets and musicians. Thanks for listening!



Robert Vincent Morea III founded melodically challenged in May of 2006, after he had been appointed program director of WRAS, the largest all student run radio station in the country. He had been born with Cystic Fibrosis and had received a double lung transplant three and a half years earlier. He contracted an infection shortly after he began the show and passed away June 20, 2006. Robert was awarded his B.A. in English posthumously from Georgia State University. This show is dedicated to Robert Morea, and we hope to be able to award scholarships for poets and students who participate in college radio in his name in the future.




K. B. Kincer’s poetry has appeared in Touch: The Journal of Healing , The Atlanta Review , Poet Lore , The Healing Muse , Dappled Things , Red River Review, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in 2009 from Georgia State University her PhD in 2015. She has directed melodically challenged since 2006 and is responsible for its syndication and continued success. She currently teaches at both University of West Georgia and Saint Leo University.




myfaceBen Michelman is a teacher of language arts at Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina. He received his BA from Franklin and Marshall College and is a 2015 graduate of the Georgia State MFA program in poetry. His poems have been published in Spillway Magazine and Barrelhouse Magazine. He enjoys tennis, basketball, and photography.




Jessica Temple earned her BA from the University of Alabama, her MA from Mississippi State University, and her PhD in poetry from Georgia State University. Her work has recently appeared in Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems, Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival Magazine, Blast Furnace, Canyon Voices, Aesthetica, and Loose Change Magazine. She is a lecturer at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and also teaches at Calhoun Community College. Her chapbook, Seamless and Other Legends, is available from Finishing Line Press. Keep up with her at jessicatemple.com.



Robbie Atkinson is our musical director. She is actively completing studies at Georgia State University and will be graduating in 2016. Despite being a Film and Video major, she still utilizes her musical talent by occasionally composing and playing music. Prior to attending GSU, she was a devout cellist for the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra at Kennesaw State University and received musical training for seven years. She finds the music to fit with each week’s show and researches information about the musical artists we feature. She also makes her own music as R3dblossom.



MostafaMostafa Jalal is in his second year as a graduate student in the PhD Creative Writing program at GSU. In addition to his studies, he teaches in the First Year Composition program and writes and hosts some of our syndicated shows.






ChristianOur man in the broadcast booth is Christian Bowman. He hosts our syndicated and live shows on WRAS every Sunday from 2-4 pm. You will also hear his voice on some of our syndicated shows. Chris also hosts the Blues show Crossroads on WRAS and is an assistant editor of Underground, GSU’s undergraduate literary journal (besides working a job and going to school full time). We feel fortunate to have a college radio DJ with his experience, personality, and dedication to host our show.




Keegan Osburn, our Sound Editor, has just graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Audio Production. He will make sure that our shows have the best audio quality possible.

15 Thoughts to “About us”

  1. Michael

    On today’s show (8/12) there was a poem from an African-American poet involving Einstein, e=mc squared, and Mrs. Johnson in a nursing home…..I can’t find it. Who’s the poet?

    Michael McIntyre (middle school teacher)

    1. admin

      The poem is called “A Poem About Intelligence for my Brothers and Sisters,” by June Jordan and it’s off of an Academy of American Poets CD that features both Marilyn Hacker and June Jordan. You can hear the poem again on Poets.org. Thanks for listening! kathy

  2. Matt Rice

    If memory serves, there was an interview by Bill Moyers of the poet Maya Angellou. The beginning of this piece was Mr. Moyers being corrected in the pronunciation of the poet’s last name. The correction was Angel-LOW, not Angel-LEW.

    1. admin

      Thank you for the heads up. I have no doubt that Ms. Angelou will not be the last poet whose name I will bludgeon. (After mispronouncing it for so long, I’ll probably continue to mispronounce hers for a while yet.) But I appreciate the information, and please let me know whenever I do it again. Thanks for your concern and thanks for listening!

  3. B P

    I was thinking that yor playlist wud b here . None of April ‘s shows r listed . Much
    to MY chagrin . I didn ‘t have time to write down the name of Undersea Poem ‘s
    that ya ‘ll played . I noticed that youtube has only 3 of their songs , at least that I
    cud find . Anyway , that is my question . Thank u .

    1. admin

      Thanks for listening! This is the end of the semester, and while everyone is writing papers and taking finals, the playlists fall down the priority list.
      However, we will have today’s playlist for you shortly. The name of the song in today’s show played by Undersea Poem was called “Theme Song,” and it’s off of their self-titled album. We will try to catch up our playlists soon–probably after finals week, which is this week upcoming. If you can think of a song or poem you want the name for, and can tell me anything about the poem or song lyrics, and the day you heard it, I will try to find it for you. Sorry for the inconvenience and again, thanks for listening! kathy

  4. Jelpa

    Way to go Robbie!

  5. Barbara A. De La Cruz

    Enjoy your show immensely . Listen any time I can.

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  7. Enoch Kim

    Hello, I am contacting you about an upcoming poetry reading that will be hosted by Georgia State University. The information is as follows:

    Five Points Presents – Barbara Ras Reading at GSU
    October 6th, 2015 – 2:30 pm
    Troy Moore Library, 23rd floor of Sun Trust Bldg. Georgia State University

    Please Visit:

    Thank you for your time.

    1. admin

      Thank you for this information! Atlanta area listeners, this event is free and open to the public. Please come out and enjoy some great poetry!

  8. Tonya

    Do you have recordings of past shows available for the public to hear (perhaps on your website)? I would love to hear the September 2015 program with Tim Seibles.

    1. admin

      Thank you for listening! Tim Seibles is one of our favorite poets! However, we can’t post the show on our web site, as much as we’d like to, because we don’t have copyright permission from our music labels for that, although we hope to change that situation in the coming year. However, I will send you an email that will tell you how you can hear the show.

  9. Hello! I would like to know, is there a way to listen to past sunday’s show?

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